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About us

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From planting vines to making award-winning wines

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Meet the local artists behind our wine labels 


Meet our winemaker

Meg Tipton


Davesté Vineyards is owned and operated by Dave and Este  DeFehr .

In 2004, they embarked on a journey to create the first winery in Iredell County. After purchasing a 60-acre site in a pastoral setting in Troutman, North Carolina, they planted their first vines. The grounds were manicured to enhance the natural beauty of the property. The first harvest in 2007 was successfully made into Davesté's first wine. The tasting room and art gallery opened in 2008.

An outdoor pavilion was added in 2012. The original winery reached it's capacity in 2020 and was replaced by a new state of the art facility in 2022.



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Following the artistic methodology begun by founder and artist Estèr DeFehr, our wine bottles feature original work by established North Carolina artists.

The artists work mainly in the watercolor medium, but also with pastel, oils, acrylics and collage.


Members have studied under the tutelage of Edrie Knight from Statesville; Carol Ann Whitmore-Herring from Statesville; Noyes Capehart from Boone; Sterling Edwards from Hendersonville; Chuck McLachlan from Greensboro; Zolten Zabo, and Ben Long from Statesville/France and many others. You can find work by the artists in the Tasting Room/Art Gallery.


While traveling to several of the world's wine regions, Meg developed a natural curiosity for the process of winemaking. During a trip to Sonoma, she had the opportunity to meet several female winemakers, who inspired her to take the next step. After taking time off from her career in marketing communications and brand management to raise her twins, Meg decided to pursue an education in Viticulture and Enology. In 2013, she earned her degree from the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua,  New York. Meg interned at Keuka Spring Vineyards where she became the assistant winemaker. There she helped to make award winning wines including the 2012 Riesling, which won the coveted Governor's Cup Award, signifying the best single wine in New York State.

Meg joined Davesté Vineyards in September of 2020. "Winemaking is such a great cross-section of agriculture, chemistry, and creativity. I'm excited to be part of the North Carolina wine industry and look forward to bringing my knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm to Davesté."

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