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From the Vineyard | Banner Elk Winery & Villa, Piccione Vineyards, & Dennis Vineyards

April 30, 2019 |

Original Air Date: April 30, 2019

Flavor, NC | From The Vineyard | Banner Elk WineryBanner Elk Winery & Villa

135 Deer Run Lane
Banner Elk, NC 28604
(828) 898-9090

12 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Every Day


Banner Elk Winery & Villa is the jewel of the High Country. Nestled in the awe-inspiring majestic Blue Ridge Mountains stands the High Country’s original winery.

Banner Elk Winery has set the standard for crafting wines in the High Country that stand among the finest in the country. Our vineyards offer engaging Wine Tastings and glimpse into what the storied High Country Wine Region is truly made of.

Quality wine, beautiful scenery and warm hospitality. It’s a perfect place to relax, host an event or to just get away for the day.

Flavor, NC | From The Vineyard | Piccione VineyardsPiccione Vineyards

2364 Cedar Forest Rd.
Ronda, NC 28670
(336) 775-8330

Mon: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Tues: Closed
Wed: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Thu: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Fri: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm – 6:00pm


In 1921 Giuseppe Piccione – a native of Sicily – left his small town of Marsala, home of the world-famous sweet and dry wines, and boarded the steamship “Italia” bound for America. After arriving in New York he passed through Ellis Island and settled in Brooklyn where he found employment in a garment factory.

Soon after, he married Vita Valenti and started a new life in America. Life was difficult, but they never forgot their Sicilian roots, the value of hard work, and the importance of family.

Dr. William Piccione, grandson of Giuseppe and Vita, was raised with these values and went on to become a Harvard-trained Cardiovascular Thoracic surgeon – actively practicing medicine for more than 20 years. Despite a demanding career, Bill has always had fond memories of his grandfather’s winemaking efforts and as a child remembers Giuseppe’s homemade winery with a hand press, small oak barrels and a manual bottling machine.

This deep respect for Italian tradition and a passion for wine led Bill to obtain Italian citizenship for himself and his children and to further study wine, earning sommelier certification. In 2010, Piccione Vineyards was founded in the picturesque Swan Creek AVA of North Carolina to continue the Italian tradition of the Piccione family and to produce the finest wine possible. In wine is health – In vino, salute.

Flavor, NC | From The Vineyard | Dennis VineyardsDennis Vineyards

24043 Endy Road,
Albemarle NC 28001


Tasting Room Hours:
Mon. – Sat. 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sun. 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Sat. 11:00am & 3:00pm
Or by Appointment through the week


Dennis Vineyards is proud to be a family-owned and operated winery since our inception in early 1997, making us one of the first of what are now many NC wineries. What started as a mere father and son hobby in the basement has far exceeded anyone’s expectations as the winery continues to flourish and grow each and every year. With over ten acres of beautiful, mature vineyards, a tasting room that seems to become smaller and smaller with each new year, production levels soaring at all-time highs, a magnificent wedding and event facility, and a new private party room, the Dennis family is very delighted and humbled by all that this once hobby has now grown and matured to be.

Specializing in the Muscadine, ‘the grape of the South’, these region-specific wines are produced in all sweetness levels – dry, semi dry and sweet, so even the most discerning palate can find a muscadine wine to suit their taste! Dennis Vineyards also sets the bar for producing a plethora of top quality fruit and berry wines as well as some of your more traditional French varieties. With wines of varying sweetness, body, balance and finish, you’re sure to find a wine (or two!) for every occasion, every pairing and every mood.

As a favorite of the wineries near Charlotte NC, Dennis Vineyards is just a quick 30 minute drive and makes for a great little afternoon getaway or outing with friends. Our large patio overlooking acres of lush grapevines makes the perfect location for sipping on wine slushies, enjoying a relaxing glass of wine or indulging in a packed picnic lunch. Come and relax with us and experience Southern vineyard charm at its finest. Offering tastings daily, and with over 30 unique and tasty varieties to choose from, come see why we have become a favorite among NC wineries and watch our family’s passion unfold with every sip.

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