Russian Chapel Hills Winery
Russian Chapel Hills (RCH) is well-located within the growing and vibrant Carolina Foothills region of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina—anchored by the charming small towns of Tryon, Columbus, and Saluda in NC, and Landrum in SC.
This overall area offers an appealing “town and country” lifestyle, combining pleasant, rolling country-side with sweeping vistas of the distant mountains—yet a small town or outdoor recreational opportunities are never far away. RCH is a mere 8 miles from the Tryon Resort and the world-renowned Tryon International Equestrian Center, which hosted the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (attracting tens of thousands of visitors from across the nation and world). While the equestrian events calendar remains strong at Tryon, the combined amenities of the Tryon Resort and the Equestrian Center make for a world of its own—with many varied opportunities for lodging, dining, shopping, recreating, and permanent residential living. Here is the link to the Tryon website which provides a good view of what Tryon is all about:
Apart from the resort and equestrian center, the actual town of Tryon is the largest town in Polk County and is known as “The Friendliest Town in the South”. It is also quite famous as being one of the select retirement communities in the United States.
All of the above factors make the Carolina Foothills area a very attractive place to visit and it is within easy driving distances of some of the most vibrant combined MSAs (Metropolitan Statistical Areas) in the mid-Atlantic region as follows:
Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson (SC) 30-40 Miles 1,442,000 in Population
Asheville-Brevard-Hendersonville (NC) 35-60 Miles 543,000 in Population
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia (NC) 80-90 Miles 2,386,000 in Population
Each of these MSAs have strong, dynamic growth and employment profiles and relatively high education and earnings levels—all of which combine to drive significant discretionary spending on recreation, dining out and, of course, drinking outstanding estate wines like those of Russian Chapel Hills!
The Land and the Vineyards:
The main vineyard, winery and tasting room site is situated on a total of 46.81 level to rolling acres in two adjacent parcels (38.61 AC and 8.20 AC) directly off of Green Creek Drive, and accessed via an artfully executed gated entrance way. The vineyards are at a very desirable average elevation of 975 feet. There is a one-acre site (not included in the sale) which has been dedicated to “Saint Anna Chapel” an authentic Russian Orthodox chapel, which lends much beauty and solemn ambiance to the overall site and experience at Russian Chapel Hills. Visitors to RCH are encouraged to make the short walk to the Chapel to spend some quiet, and reflective time there during their visit.
A second, satellite vineyard site of 9.0 acres is located about 5 miles (8 minutes) away on Gilbert Road, and offers a quality vineyard site at an excellent average elevation of 1,025 feet—and with great western views of the mountains in the distance.
Overall, there are approximately 20 acres under vine, with these very desirable varietals: Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Muscadine.
(See the accompanying Aerial–Ortho Boundary Maps for Main Site and Satellite Vineyard)
The Facilities and Amenities:
Production Winery Building:
The world-class production winery at RCH is within a custom-designed and built 3,500 square foot structure designed from the ground-up to accommodate everything needed for an efficient and productive winery structure. The heavy steel span beams provide much desirable open space within the winery, and there is ample lighting, well-located floor drain arrangements, well insulated storage facilities, and more than adequate overall insulation for temperature control. Also, 230V Single Phase Power has been provided for all the major winery production equipment. (Please see the accompanying Winery Floor Plan for a more detailed view of the design)
Production Winery Equipment:
Again, the production equipment planning and provisioning was carried out in a world-class manner by the Vintner Vault of Paso Robles, California and provides for a production capability of up to 5,000 cases annually.
The high quality production equipment includes the following (with attachments):
- Imma Model DPO-SPD Crusher/Destemmer
- Imma 10” x 16’ Lift Conveyor
- Imma 24” x 13’ Horizontal Sorting Table
- ATI-HL 24 Softpress
- Five 8K Liter (2113 Gal.) Variable Capacity, Fully Optioned SS Tanks (for Reds)
- Four 8K Liter (2113 Gal.) Variable Capacity, Fully Optioned SS Tanks (for Whites)
- Two 4K Liter (1056 Gal.) Variable Capacity, Fully Optioned SS Tanks (for Whites)
- Vigor 200 Flexible Impeller Pump
- Rotary Lobe Must Pump
- Full package of fittings, valves, hoses, and accessories for all the above equipment
- Two 5-Ton WPI Air Cooled Modular Chillers (Total 10-Ton Capacity)
- Chilled Water Pump Tank (Model C150) with Circulation and Supply Pumps
- Full Thermostat Controls, Air Handler, and Remote Panel Options w/Chiller Package
In the fall of 2012, the full installed cost of the complete winery production equipment package was $332,000 (not including building construction).
The Tasting Room Structure:
Upon passing through the main gate, the driveway leads to a circular drive in front of the tasting room building. The spacious, well-appointed tasting room occupies the main level of a former residence which has been modified and very nicely renovated to accommodate tasting room operations. Upon entering, there is an upscale tasting bar area to the right with seating and superior fitments for wine display and storage. The main level then opens up to a larger seating and multi-use area with a rear wall of windows, which provides wonderful views of the vineyard acreage. The large outdoor deck area can also be directly accessed from the multi-use area. This main level also contains spacious and well-appointed restrooms.
Overall, the building comprises 2,442 sq. ft. of finished space on 3 levels—with the main level devoted to the tasting room. The second level has 2 bedrooms and a full bath, but would need some modest renovation to be brought back to full functionality as living space.
The lower or basement level has a separate outside entrance as well as a half-bath, but would also require renovation work to convert it to living/apartment space.
The exterior grounds near the tasting room are landscaped and provide outdoor natural seating areas for visitors. Also, there is a large outdoor concrete pad to accommodate an events tent set-up.
It’s all here for you at Russian Chapel Hills— mature producing vineyards with desirable varietals, a world-class production winery, and a lovely tasting room overlooking the vineyards—and all of this in a country setting, yet in a vibrant and growing area close to many recreational amenities that attract visitors from large population centers only a relatively short drive away. It just awaits your vision and commitment to take it to the next level and beyond!
ASKING PRICE: $2,495,000 (Exclusive of Wine Inventory)
For more information and/or a showing, please contact:
Tyler Williams, Business Broker & Intermediary
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