Our state has such a diverse landscape of grapes and wines. In addition to the actual wineries and vineyards, there are also five distinct, nationally recognized American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in North Carolina: Yadkin Valley, Swan Creek, Haw River Valley, Upper Hiwassee Highland which we share with northern Georgia and most recently, Appalachian High Country which we share with Tennessee and Virginia. Here’s a run through of North Carolina’s relationship with wine.
Biltmore Estate Winery is the most visited estate winery in the U.S. at more than one million visitors.
North Carolina currently ranks ninth in grape production and tenth in wine production in the U.S.
Duplin Winery is the world’s largest producer of Muscadine wine.
North Carolina has the only estate-grown vineyard on a community college campus in the nation at Surry Community College.
At the turn of the 20th century, 25 wineries were operating in North Carolina, making it one of the nation’s most productive wine states. In 1919, Prohibition ended that era.
The official fruit of North Carolina is the Scuppernong grape.
North Carolina’s first commercial winery was founded in 1835.
In 1584, the oldest living grapevine in the nation, known as the Mother Vine, was discovered on Roanoke Island.