Orange County Economic Development

Name of Business:  Botanist and Barrel

Description:   Botanist & Barrel crafts ciders, sours and dry fruit wines.  Using techniques from wine-making, brewing, and craft cocktail we are constantly blurring the lines and re-thinking cider and fruit wine.  We are also farmers raising organic blueberries on Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm, which is also home to our winery/cidery.  We are hyper-local, sourcing ingredients whenever possible from within 120 miles of our farm winery. 

We are light-handed winemakers using old world methods with modern sensibilities.  We lean toward whole fruit fermentation and make natural beverages with no added sulfite or sorbate, no forced carbonation.  Our ABV ranges from 7% to 15.5% and our ciders and wines are unfined, unfiltered, unpasteurized and mostly still. We age in everything from tequila barrels, to sea salt bourbon barrels, to rum, to sauternes, to tawny port & bourbon maple syrup barrels. 

What year was your business founded/established?  2016

What made you decide to open your business?  We love fermentation and old-world dry cider is a style we love to drink, but had a hard time finding. 

What makes your business unique?   We are a farm to table craft beverage producer, that blurs the lines between wine-making, brewing, and craft mixology.  We love to experiment and are always making something new. 

What do you wish your local neighbors (potential customers) knew about your business?   How much love, care and thought we put into our craft. 

What are your next goals for your business (any exciting expansion plans or new product/services)?    We are experimenting more and more with naturally sparkling wines and ciders, as well as aging in beer barrels from some of NC’s best breweries to make a new style of sour ciders.  We are also constantly working on our outdoor seating

If someone were to give you $100,000 to invest in your business, how would you spend it?  We would do a couple of things!  We would love an expanded tasting room with more seating, as well as additional winery fermentation space.  We are also huge fans of amphora, so we would invest in some traditional clay fermentation vessels if we had additional space. 

What do you enjoy most about doing business in Orange County?   We love the passionate people of orange county who support local farmers and appreciate natural well crafted beverages.  

Contact Information:
Owner: Kether and Lyndon Smith
Address: 105 Persimmon Hill Lane, Cedar Grove, NC  27231
Hours Saturday & Sunday:  2 – 6 pm
Telephone # (919) 644-777
Email: botanistandbarrel@gmail.com
Website: botanistandbarrel.com