Meet Dave, our Winemaker, and our team that make Mountain Brook so great. Learn about our vineyard too!
Our team of seasoned wine professionals has decades of experience in the wine industry and strives to provide a first-rate experience to every Mountain Brook Vineyards guest. The next time you visit, don’t be afraid to say hey!
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION + CLUB MANAGEMENT
The first grapes were planted at Mountain Brook in 2002. The winery was established in 2012, and the vineyard and tasting room opened to the public in 2013. Vickie and Jonathan Redgrave acquired the winery in 2018 and began modernizing and expanding the winery and vineyard, with the goal of creating an exceptional winery experience for guests. Mountain Brook Vineyard's property extends 75 acres, with 14 acres planted to sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, cabernet franc, petit verdot, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and malbec. Mountain Brook also manages Red Bell Run Vineyard, which is 4 miles from Mountain Brook. The Red Bell Run property covers 23 acres of mature vines planted to chardonnay, viognier, pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot.
With nearly 50 acres under vine across three properties within the Tryon Foothills, we are dedicated to the skilled cultivation of our vines. Mountain Brook Vineyards cascades over 75 acres of vines, forests, and Mill Creek and resides on the isothermal belt, which allows for a longer and more pronounced growing season.
Monterey, California native Dave Coventry has dedicated his career to producing some of the finest wines available and plans to continue showcasing the deliciously unique flavors that can only come from his new adventure at Mountain Brook Vineyards in Western North Carolina. Coventry has worked at some of the most famed, award-winning wineries in California, including Chalone Vineyards, Morgan, and, most recently, Talbott.
In 2005, two of his wines ranked in the top 10 wines of the year lists in Wine & Spirits magazine. The same year, he was the only Monterey winemaker to make the top 100 wines list in Wine Spectator magazine.
“The opportunity to shift my focus from the West Coast to North Carolina is just stunning. Having the opportunity to work with Mountain Brook Vineyards is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Jonathan and Vickie Redgrave are completely dedicated to writing and rewriting what can be accomplished in the area, and working with them is an honor and pleasure. Together, we are envisioning, executing, and laying the groundwork for the future of this region, building on the work started by others. Although the history of winemaking and winegrowing in the area is historic, our future achievements will truly prove the provenance it so richly deserves.”
Coventry’s winemaking philosophy puts the vineyards first, maximizing vineyard expression. “It takes great vineyards to make great wine,” he said. He added that although the winemaker skills and tools he’s acquired are important, he largely considers himself a custodian of flavor and a translator of the vineyard.
731 Phillips Dairy Road
Tryon, NC 28782
Monday - Thursday: Closed - Reservation Only
Friday - Saturday: Noon – 7:00 pm
Sunday: Noon - 6:00 pm