Brushy Mountain Winery reopens with a new treasure

Anthony GonzalezStaff Writer

March 7, 2013

An Elkin winery on Main Street is reopening on March 8 at noon.

The winery also scheduled a free performance by Naomi’s Fancy at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Beth Duncan, owner of the Brushy Mountain Winery temporarily closed six weeks ago to embark on an aggressive interior remodelling plan she hopes will make her spruced-up establishment an even greater location to visit.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more than what was achieved,” said Duncan. “I know how important wineries are to the region and I’m so happy to open the doors to a magnificent place.”

The plan involved removing much of the interior siding to expose the original brick of the winery. A new paint color scheme was splashed on existing walls. A more trendy seating plan was designed in hopes to create more conversation areas.

During the remodeling, a treasure was discovered, according to the winery owner.

“When we started talking the wall down to expose the original brick of the building, we noticed a feature quite unique to Main Street. Businesses along Main Street and surrounding areas had display ads built into the brick wall,” said Duncan. “After we discovered it, a putty knife and a spray bottle was used to scrape off old wallpaper that covered the art. We were able to expose a significant part of Main Street history.”

Duncan said that everyone is invited to take a look at the art, in addition to coming to see the new and cozy seating layout and furniture design.

“The seating makes the facility more open and refreshing,” said Duncan. “This is the Starbucks of wineries.”

Duncan purchased the winery late last year from Matthew Mayberry and his family. The winery is located at 125 West Main St. in downtown Elkin. The building was once owned by the Elkin Canning Company, which during its peak years had as many as 20,000 cans of blackberries per year shipped to the coal miners of West Virginia.

Today, cans no longer line the walls of the basement in the winery. It’s since been replaced by wooden barrels. The fermentation process of the wine occurs on-premise in the basement.

All grapes for Brushy Mountain Winery are purchased from local vineyards to the Yadkin Valley, with the exception of one grape that arrives from Niagara, NY, according to its owner.

Duncan, who now runs the winery full-time, relocated from the Boston area where she was working in health care. Although she enjoyed the people she was working with up north, her hours were long and her days stressful and over time, not quite fulfilling, she says.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez by calling 835-1513 or email at agonzalez@civitasmedia.com.