Can't Get Enough? Drink Up These NC Wine Facts

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.