Botanist & Barrel, Orange County, NC’s First Winery, is Raising Funds Through a Kickstarter Campaign
Great news for folks of Orange County looking for local wine – Botanist & Barrel, an extension of Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm, a spot that has been attracting locals for three decades, has launched its Kickstarter campaign to complete funding and begin production.
Botanist & Barrel is located on the former site of the old Wizard's Cauldron, which produced over 150 organic dressings, sauces and condiments for customers such as Whole Foods, Moosewood, and Albert’s Organics.
“When a historic organic family farm grows and expands, we get the best of the old South and the new South. We all win!” said Stan Smith, a long-time advocate for local and organic foods and Kether and Lyndon’s father. Kether and her brother Lyndon bought the farm in December of 2014 with the intent to build a winery to ferment the organic blueberries of Cedar Grove and other locally grown fruits onsite.
The winery’s mantra is “Farm ● Fruit ● Ferment.” Botanist & Barrel will produce wines, ciders and family friendly fresh juices. “We want to be the gathering place for the community of Cedar Grove, and a destination for ecotourists and locovores from surrounding cities, counties and states,” said Kether Smith.
“Our entrepreneurial spirit is always pushing us to create something new and exciting,” says Lyndon Smith. “As a micro-winery, we will be able to experiment and develop unique local hand-crafted brews.”
Botanist & Barrel will open the tasting room in the afternoons and early evenings of Thursdays through Sundays beginning in the Summer of 2017, around the same time the berries start to ripen.
When you pull into the parking area off NC86, you can usually see families fishing at the pond, u-pickers filling buckets of fresh blueberries, and eco-tourists or cyclists sharing lunch on a picnic table. Soon, the opportunities for adventure will grow with visitors able to take a spin through the tasting room as well as explore a new wooded walking trail featuring native plants and plenty of outdoor seating.
To give to the project, visit Kickstarter.com, and search for Botanist and Barrel or visit the Botanist & Barrel Facebook page for a direct link.