Steins & Wine Around the Square

  • Lorrie Ross • Clay County Progress //  Steins and Wine spokesperson Sandy Zimmerman said more than  500 tickets were sold for the 2018 event.
    Lorrie Ross • Clay County Progress // Steins and Wine spokesperson Sandy Zimmerman said more than 500 tickets were sold for the 2018 event.

Colorful leaves and cooler temps offer the perfect ambiance for sipping a little liquid refreshment, especially if the setting is the historic courthouse square in downtown Hayesville. The seventh annual Steins & Wine Around the square is a good opportunity to sample wine and beer from local wineries and breweries. Wine connoisseurs, craft beer enthusiasts and even many non-drinkers will enjoy the selection of food and music at the event.

Originally begun in 2013 as part of Hayesville’s Centennial Anniversary celebration, the festival was started by the Town 100 Committee as Wine Around the Square. Since then, additional wineries and even some breweries have joined the fun. Thus, the name was changed to Steins & Wine Around the Square a few years ago. In the years since it began, Steins & Wine has gained popularity as the place to be the first Saturday evening in October. The 2019 event is scheduled at 4-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.

At the June press time, the complete list of participants was unavailable; however, spokesperson Sandy Zimmerman said several area wineries and breweries will join the county’s own. Hayesville breweries planning to bring their own craft beers include Hayesville Brewing Company, Nocturnal Brewing and Valley River Brewery.

In addition, A Taste of Hayesville, will return by popular demand. For a separate ticket price, guests may enjoy samplings from a large variety of food delicacies, finger foods, appetizers and sweets from several local eateries. After the event if over, attendees may dine at one of the downtown restaurants, spend some time browsing the shops in town or just relax in the fall breeze. Only those with a valid ID showing they are at least 21 or older will be allowed to consume alcohol so plan on leaving the kids with a sitter. State laws require all ID’s be checked, regardless of age.

Steins & Wine Around the Square is proud to be held in the western North Carolina mountains, part of the Upper Hiwassee Highlands American Viticultural Area. In addition, the event has received recognition by the American Viticultural Area which lists it as part of a “wine trail” for the Upper Hiwassee Highlands partners.

Sponsored by Historic Hayesville Inc., a National Main Street America Affiliate and administrator of Hayesville’s Small Town Main Street program. Historic Hayesville, Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit community-based organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Hayesville. Steins & Wine Around the Square is an HHI town event; however, it is always supported by several partners. Past tickets sales have benefitted the Old Jail Museum, as well as renovations of the Historic Clay County Courthouse.

For updated information, stop by the Historic Hayesville Inc. Centennial Exhibit at 116 Sanderson Street in downtown Hayesville where tickets will also be available. The exhibit is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. While there, take a peek at the small barn quilts being sold as another fund-raiser. These are a perfect souvenir to take home for yourself or someone who did not get to attend Steins & Wine Around the Square.

For details visit: or call Hayesville Town Hall at (828) 389-1862. No pets, outside food or drinks allowed.