Thistle Meadow Winery


Our family-owned winery. Our tours include tastings of wines made from grapes grown around the world. We create a wide variety of red, white, and blush/sweet wines, ranging in taste from dry to sweet. Our award-winning wines are hand-crafted in small batches to ensure the highest quality.

Location Description

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


  • Ranked third among North Carolina wineries.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 17


Don Mabe - Winemaker:

One of Thistle Meadow Winery's winemakers is Don Mabe. Don is a lifelong resident of Laurel Springs and has been a member of the Laurel Springs Volunteer Fire department for 6 years. He is also a Medical Responder.

Don has one son, Brian, who is a police officer in Sparta, NC.

Brant Burgiss - Winemaker:

Brant, who is Tom's son, has been making wine since 1998. He currently acts as Thistle Meadow's winemaker in charge of quality control. He has made wines from fresh fruit (grapes, blueberries, strawberries, etc.), grape juice concentrates, frozen must from California and Chile, and even vegetables (garlic or jalapeno wine, anyone?). Before turning pro in 2012, many of Brant's wines have won medals in the WineMaker Magazine's annual winemaking competitions, which hosts the world's largest amateur wine competition.


Created by entrepreneur Tom Burgiss, a retired pharmacist, Thistle Meadow Winery is in its 17th year of operation. Still a small, family run business, the winery produces about 2500 cases of wine each year.

The Team

Tom Burgiss:

"Crazy" Tom didn't originally plan to be a winemaker, but his training and 40-year career as a pharmacist certainly helped prepare him for his current position as "Doctor Wine" of Thistle Meadow Winery. Tom's skills as a wine mixologist are legendary in the hills of North Carolina.

Tom first began making wine after a visit to Victoria, British Columbia where he discovered the art of making wine at home in small quantities. Over the years, Tom has made hundreds of batches of wine, and he's an expert at tweaking a wine to fit the most discriminating palate. His favorite wine to drink is Beaujolais, because he says it's good for the heart. Tom lives just up the road from the winery in Laurel Springs with his wife Nancy, near the old family farmhouse that has been in his family since it was built in the 1890's.

Practices & Techniques

Wines are made in small batches which allows for blending the complex flavors of the many grapes used from all over the world.


Gold medal at Dixie Classic Fair in 2004.

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In Season (April 1 - October 31) Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 5:00 PM Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 PM Winter Hours (Nov 1 - March 31) - call ahead due to weather conditions Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 4:00 PM Sunday - Closed We are closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.


102 Thistle Meadow
Laurel Springs, North Carolina 28644
United States

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