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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

KETHER SMITH
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.

Farming 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. Lyndon’s love of the outdoors began while he was still in his stroller and could only grab flowers in his little hands as he was rolled by a flower bed.

Through running a successful internet marketing business and a wine distribution business, Lyndon developed skills and expertise in logistics, branding, sales and financials. When he realized he could merge his skills with a passion for organic farming and a love of blueberries, he jumped at the opportunity to join forces with his sister and brother-in-law to purchase Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm.

Head winemaker

ROB SIEVERT

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