When in Statesville, you don’t have to travel very far to find something worth trying. That holds true when it comes to Davesté Vineyards, Iredell County’s first winery.
At the time of this blog’s publication, Davesté Vineyards is closed for tastings but is offering discounts on shipping and curbside orders. However, if you see vineyard tours and wine tastings in your future, you’ll take a trip down to this four-acre winery and vineyard!
The first of its kind in Iredell County, Davesté Vineyards traces its roots back to 2003. That’s when Dave and Ester DeFehr, Davesté’s owners, first sought out a space to make their dream a reality. In 2004, the DeFehrs purchased four acres along a rural 52-acre tract of land to be the site of their vineyard.
But the DeFehrs were far from done. The vineyard was planted in 2005, along with landscaping refinements. This year also marked the completion of a small winery on the Davesté Vineyards property. In 2006 came the first harvest, with a haul that produced 500 cases of wine. The very next year, that production doubled to 1,000 cases.
Today, Davesté Vineyards boasts a modern, three-story barn that shelters the small winery, a timber-framed tasting room, and a public art gallery. It also serves as a picturesque wedding venue and reception locale.
Tours and Tastings
Wet your whistle with a craft beer or delicious white or red wine at Davesté Vineyards. Five house brews and six wines are featured from the vineyards’ tasting room. And prices can include a keepsake of your trip: a Davesté Vineyards wineglass!
Tours happen Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Full hours are as follows:
Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.;
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.;
and Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
*Note: The recent COVID-19 outbreak has affected these hours as of the date of this blog publication.
Curbside Pickup and Ordering
As of March 23, 2020, wine and beer can be ordered by stopping by the Vineyards, calling the tasting room at 704-528-3882, or emailing [email protected] to arrange for a pickup time. There is a 10 percent discount on six bottles and a 15 percent discount on 12 bottles. Davesté is also offering a 15 percent shipping discount on 12 or more bottles of wine. See the Davesté Facebook page for more info on the vineyard’s operation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
When it’s safe to get out and about again, a day trip to Davesté Vineyards may just restore your spirits. Take a tour of the vineyards, taste some wine samples at the winery, and try out some place new!
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