Must-visit places when you are in Iredell County

Jerome Quentzel

IREDELL, NC – Even though Iredell is known as the transportation center in the state, the county also has other local attractions such as vineyards and historical sites. Here are some of the recommended places to go when you are in Iredell:

1. Davesté Vineyards

Built on a 60-acre land, Davesté Vineyards offers wine flights and vineyard tours & tasting by appointment. Located in the Lake Norman region, Davesté Vineyards serves craft beer and award-winning wines. The wines are made in small batches with great quality grapes. Their signature wine is the Rkatsiteli, white wine with vibrant acidity and full of grapefruit and lemon aromas and flavors. The Davesté Vineyards only opens for the public on Thursday-Sunday at 12 p.m.

2. Southern Distilling Company

Founded in 2013, Southern Distilling Company offers high-quality distilled alcohol drinks. Apart from distilling services, Southern Distilling Company also offers guided tours known as Behind-the-Scenes Tour and Short & Sweet Tour.

The Behind-the-Scenes Tour includes a 45-minutes tour around the working craft distillery and bourbon whiskeys tasting at the end of the tour. While Sweet & Short Tour is a short overview of Statesville’s liquor heritage at the tasting bar. Details about the tour rates and reservations can be checked on their website.

3. Fort Dobbs

The place is associated with the French and Indian War (1754-1763) as it served as a border defense during and after the war. The fort was used as an important post for soldiers, colonial officials, and merchants. Fort Dobbs was also used to protect the western part of Rowan County along with the British settlers.

Fort Dobbs was abandoned in 1761 and got re-discovered centuries later. The fort has gone through reconstruction and had been completed in September 2019. Fort Dobbs is now known as a historical site and a venue for some special events.

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