Mountain Brook Vineyards wins Top Awards at International Competition

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Mountain Brook Vineyards, 10 minutes away from the Tryon International Equestrian Center, has brought home awards from California in an international wine tasting competition. The vineyards have been owned and operated by Dennis Lanahan since 2001, with the first grapes planted on the site in 2002. The vineyards have seven and a half acres of red, white and small green grapes growing, a tasting room, a winery and a lab utilized for the creation of each wine. (Photos by Michael O’Hearn and submitted by Dennis Lanahan)
By Michael O’Hearn

Tryon Daily Bulletin, Published 10:00pm Monday, July 18, 2016

Mountain Brook Vineyards, owned by Dennis Lanahan and wife Miriam, has received the gold and bronze medals for their wines at the 36th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition.

The competition was held in June and featured more than 4,600 wines that were blind tasted by a panel of more than 50 judges, according to Lanahan. Lanahan received a gold award for Mountain Brook’s 2013 Chardonnay Reserve Sur Lie and a bronze award for its 2013 Petit Verdot.

“This wine is special because of its history,” Lanahan said. “The year was a very wet year here in Polk County, and because of that our crop yield was reduced to one barrel.”

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Mountain Brook Vineyard Brings Home the GOLD

Tryon winery wins 2 awards at international contest

by Gina Malone

Mountain Brook Vineyards of Tryon brought home the gold – and the bronze – from the 36th Annual San Francisco International Wine Competition held June 9-12 in San Francisco. Owned by Dennis and Miriam Lanahan, the vineyard produces wines that have consistently brought home awards in this, the country’s largest wine competition.

Our Wine - Chardonnay1The gold award went to Mountain Brook’s 2013 Chardonnay Reserve Sur Lie. “This wine was special because of its history,” Dennis Lanahan said. “That year (2013) was a very wet year here in Polk County. Because of the rain our crop yield was reduced to one barrel.” The Lanahans decided to save the Chardonnay. “We left the wine on the lees during the two years which added some complexity to the aroma and the body of the wine. The result was excellent.”

Sur lie aging allows the finished wine to sit on the lees, or sediment, of either fruit or yeast, which can yield, with the winemaker’s discretion and oversight, a more flavorful wine.

Lanahan says that they have only a few bottles left of this award-winner. As a gold-medal winner the wine will be listed in the SOMM Journal’s August, 2016, issue.

Mountain Brook also won a Bronze medal for its 2013 Petit Verdot.

The wines entered – over 4,600 this year – are blind tasted within their categories over a four-day period by a panel of over 50 judges considered experts in the wine industry.

Mountain Brook Vineyards is located at 731 Phillips Dairy Road. For more information about their wines, visiting hours and other special events, visit



Join us on Jan 30th in a private villa at Bright’s Creek. We’re hosting another cooking demo. You’ll learn how to prepare a gourmet meal and pair it with the perfect wine. Recipes will be included so you can recreate these delicious dinners at home. Call 828-694-4500 for reservations. Space is limited to 12 couples or 24 guests total.


For those of you who missed our cooking demo + wine tasting this past time, we didn’t want to leave you out in the cold.  We can’t send Chef Linda to you but we can give you the same recipes she cooked while she was here.  We’ve included recipes for:

  • Apple Butter Salad Dressing
  • Orange Balsamic Dressing
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Hungarian Mushroom Soup
  • Pecan-encrusted Pork Tenderloin

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