Wines and ciders from Botanist and Barrel have become available in the Triangle

A flight poured at Botanist and Barrel's new on-site tasting room in Cedar Grove on July 27, 2017. Its small-batch wines and ciders have become available in shops from the Triangle to Asheville.Juli Leonard

Kether Smith knows what most people think when they hear of fruit wine and cider. They expect a cloying sweetness, or, at best, an effervescence more suggestive of sugary soda than fruit.

“We meet people all the time at the farmers markets who say, ‘No, thanks, I don’t like sweet wines,’ ” says Smith, who operates Botanist and Barrel in a converted warehouse on the family-owned Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm in Orange County. “Once we get them to try it, they love the crisp, clean flavors.”

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