Producer wine
Plēb

COUNTRY :
United States

REGION :
North Carolina

PRODUCTION :

Chris Denesha

Loosely inspired by the Roman plebeian community who worshipped the gods of agriculture, fertility, and viticulture we too seek to represent cultivators past and present who brought grapes to glass – farmers, harvesters, winemakers.
Chris grew up in the Central Valley of California and was never really exposed to wine or farming until he was in college at Sonoma State University. While at Sonoma State, he began working for wineries in the area and took a special interest in the growing aspect. In 2011, Chris left California to work and study more diverse farms and vineyards from Utah and Washington, to Italy and Spain. He met his wife, Kelsey, on one of these farms and she convinced him to explore the mountains of her home state in North Carolina.  They moved to Boone, North Carolina in 2014 where Chris started working for a local winery and started managing several vineyards in the area. The excitement for Western North Carolina’s grape growing future was something that led Chris and Kelsey to buy land in Madison County and move forward with establishing plēb urban winery with partner Lauren Turpin.  The rest is a mystery.
CUVÉES
Wine

“Shuffle” Sparkling

Region: North Carolina
Grape: Maréchal Foch
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: sparkling piquette
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 10 mg/l

Wine

“Shuffle”

Region: North Carolina
Grape: Maréchal Foch
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: Piquette style red
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 10 mg/l

Wine

“Foundy” Red

Region: North Carolina
Grape: Chambourcin
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 6 year old house solera
Aging: solera
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 10 mg/l

Wine

“Foundy” Rosé

Region: North Carolina
Grape: Jacquez, Cabernet Franc
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 6 year old house solera
Aging: solera
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 10 mg/l

Wine

“Foundy” White

Region: North Carolina
Grape: Traminette, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: 6 year old house solera
Aging: solera
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 10 mg/l

Wine

“Noble Carlos”

Region: North Carolina
Fruit: Muscadines
Vineyard Size: 
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Average Age of Vines:
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: foot tread, whole cluster spontaneous fermentation in with indigenous yeast
Aging:
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“Mind Opener”

Region: North Carolina
Grape: Vidal Blanc, Marechal Foch, Seyval Blanc
Vineyard Size: 
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Average Age of Vines:
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in open tops vats with indigenous yeasts
Aging: two years on lies
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

”True Player”

Region: North Carolina
Grape:Marechal Foch, Seyval Blanc, Traminette
Vineyard Size: 
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Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in with indigenous yeasts in concrete
Aging: 5 months in shag bark
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Piquette

Region: North Carolina
Grape: skins of all varieties
Vineyard Size: 
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Average Age of Vines:
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: rehydrated pressed skins, spontaneous fermentation in neutral oak with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 4 months
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

Seyval Blanc Tete

Region: North Carolina
Grape: Seyval Blanc
Vineyard Size: 
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Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 42 months in neutral oak, on lies
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: 10 mg/l

Wine

“B-Sides and Rarities”

Region: North Carolina
Grape: Seyval, Traminette, Pinot Gris, Vidal Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard Size: 
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Average Age of Vines:
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation in with indigenous yeasts, skin maceration
Aging: in neutral oak
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none

Wine

“A Kind Reminder”

Region: North Carolina
Grape: Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Traminette
Vineyard Size: 
Soil:
Average Age of Vines:
Farming: organic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 2 years in neutral oak, on lies
Fining: none
Filtration: none
Added S02: none