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About Us

Dry Fruit Wines, Farmhouse Ciders & Spirituous Barrels. Botanist and Barrel and the B&B tasting room are beautifully situated on Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm just north of Hillsborough, NC. We craft a variety of barrel aged and stainless steel dry wines, ciders and sours, using only the finest fruits, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches and apples. We believe in light-handed winemaking using centuries old European techniques, allowing the fruits, yeast and barrels we have carefully selected to be vivid and expressive. Visitors can spend the day picking blueberries (season runs July-August), purchase and taste our wines, local craft beers and prepared foods, all in a scenic farm setting.

The family

CiderMaker

KETHER SMITH

hype man & Cellar MAster

LYNDON SMITH

Kether is intrigued by fermented foods and drinks. When she first learned about Kombucha, which was described to her as mushroom tea, she thought, how disgusting. Moving past her initial hesitation, she tasted it, and had to make it herself. And that’s pretty much where her fermentation experiments began. She moved on to fermenting vegetables, and helping her husband brew beer. After purchasing the blueberry patch, she started learning about wine and cider making. What better way to preserve the summer than bottling it? To expand her knowledge she ventured to the finger lakes region of NY, a viticulural area and received a cider certificate from Cornell University. Now she’s happy to pour you a taste on the farm or at a market.

F

arming and wine runs in Lyndon’s blood. His grandfather taught irrigation techniques around the world for the World Bank and his great-great-grandfather farmed and produced wine in Brignoles, France. As a youth, foraging for crab apples, choke cherries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries was a common occurrence. As an adult, Lyndon began to discover the wonderful world of fermentation, making kvas, vinegar & cider in his basement. 

After founding a wine distribution company and working in the wine world for a time, he quickly realized making wine and working with plants was his true passion. When the opportunity arose to purchase Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm and build a craft winery and cidery with his sister, Lyndon jumped at the opportunity. 

winemaker

Rob Seivert

Rob loves to watch fruit grow almost as much as he loves watching his boys grow up. Upon their arrival, he began planting his own fruit trees and bushes so that the guys would have something to harvest and graze on as they grew.  As the fruit yields have increased, he has been able to preserve, can, ferment and graft his favorites. Rob has been picking berries while wandering around Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm for 15 years. Little did he know that he would one day drink full the fruits of his labors there. Now he’s busy playing with yeasts and tasting, tasting, tasting so that each season’s unique story can be properly held in glass.

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