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December, 2014: Russian Bells Concerts:

Russian Chapel Hills Winery will host traditional Russian bell-ringing performances Friday, Dec. 26 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. All concerts will be held at the winery.

Gabriel Gaidenak will play the bilo, a standing framework of flat bells struck by mallet producing a resonant, meditative sound. The instrument, Medvedev said, represents a lost style used long ago for church services in Russia that is today, because of music enthusiasts, making a comeback. The sound of Russian bell-ringing has been called “music of the soul.”

Medvedev settled in Polk County in 2009, buying the former Green Creek Vineyards and opening his Russian Chapel Hills Winery. In 2014, St. Anna Chapel, a traditional 17th-century style Russian Orthodox chapel was built in the vineyard, adding to the scenic view from the tasting room. Consecrated by the Eastern Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), the chapel holds services at special times throughout the year and is available for weddings and special occasions. For information call 828-817-7260.

June, 2015: Dinner Showcases NC Wines:

About an hour’s drive north of Greenville, an area once known for horses is quickly becoming known for wine.

There are five active wineries and 12 vineyards in the area just east of Tryon, North Carolina. Four of the wineries showcased their efforts during a progressive wine dinner Sunday.

The fundraising event was the brainchild of Suzanne Strickland, director of Our Carolina Foothills, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and tourism in the region. About 15 people met at Stone Soup restaurant in Landrum before being shuttled to four wineries, where winemakers and restaurant owners discussed the wines and foods being served.

The dinner started with an appetizer at Russian Chapel Hills Winery in Columbus, North Carolina. Here, sushi from Umi in Hendersonville, North Carolina, was paired with a rosť made from estate-grown cabernet franc grapes. The wine was dry and quite light, with hints of strawberries and a touch of minerality. It paired well with the sushi... Read more on GreenvilleOnline.com.

July, 2015: Traditional Art, Premiere Wine & Fresh Food for the 4th:

Russian Chapel Hills Winery invites the public to celebrate July 4th with the premiere of a new wine, traditional wood-fired pizza prepared on site and an opening exhibit for Columbus artists Kathryn and Pavel Gulov.

Russian-born Pavel Gulov received formal training in fine arts at the high school level, a five-year program including oil painting, academic drawing and composition. He was influenced by the old masters including da Vinci, Rembrandt and Rubens. He continued his education for six additional years at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University in Moscow, studying academic oil painting and drawing, frescoes, mosaics, and iconography along with art history and theology.

After earning a B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of Michigan, Kathryn Gulov continued her studies abroad, in Italy and in Russia where she was the first American student accepted in the Monumental Art department at St. Tikhon’s.

Russian Chapel Hills Winery has prepared, especially for this event, a new wine, “Tosca Heritage.” A classical, super-Tuscan blend of Merlot and Sangiovese grapes celebrates Italian winemaking. This medium to full-bodied wine leads with the flavors of sweet plums and cherries with hints of tobacco, oak and spice and a rich long finish.

Joe Laudisio, owner of Giardini Trattoria in Columbus, will prepare traditional Italian wood-fired pizzas selected to pair nicely with the wine.This Independence Day celebration will begin at 1 p.m. with a special service in the St. Anna Chapel. Russian Chapel Hills Winery is located at 2662 Green Creek Drive in Columbus.

July, 2015: WLOS Segment on local wineries:

Watch the video below for WLOS's interview with Andrey Medvedev, owner of Russian Chapel Hills.

October, 2015: MountainXpress article: Hidden in Plain Sight:

Enjoy this article from Mountain Xpress, featuring Andrey and Russian Chapel Hills Winery.

Asheville is a city full of transplants that loves to celebrate its diversity. Yet the area’s third-biggest immigrant population goes mostly unnoticed.

In recent decades, thousands of Eastern Europeans from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and other countries have made their way to the U.S. seeking religious freedom, economic opportunities and the American dream.

Over time, some have settled here, bringing with them their various spiritual beliefs, traditions and cultures even as they worked to learn a new language and adjust to a vastly different culture. United by faith, family ties and a desire to succeed, members of this seldom-seen community continue that assimilation today...

Read more at MountainX.com


September, 2016: Capital at Play article: Going to the Chapel

Andrey Medvedev left his native country in order to establish the Russian Chapel Hills Winery in North Carolina. He planted more than just grape vines—he established a community.

From Biblical conversions of water to wine, to goblets of mead tossed by the sea into hungry gullets of Vikings; from sweetened port nipped over cigars, to the bottle of Pinot your aunt likes to pass around the Thanksgiving table; wine has united humanity for several centuries’ worth of libations. It’s the sweet honey that turns teetotalers into chummy winos, a tannic and tantalizing refreshment that guides enemies towards friendships. It’s what is surreptitiously sipped in business meetings and on first dates, sealing deals and cementing bonds. It is the communal building block of home dinners and international commerce alike....

Read more at CapitalAtPlay.com