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North Carolina has one of the earliest, most interesting, and little known wine histories in the United States. In the 1520s, French explorer Giovanni de Verrazano discovered a native varietal, later given the jolly name Scuppernong (for a local river), growing in the Cape Fear river valley and identified its wine potential. Men in Sir Walter Raleigh’s fleet were amazed at the number of wild grapes growing throughout the coastal areas, and identified the Scuppernong “mother vine” on Roanoke Island. Plantings from this vine were scattered in surrounding areas. In Brinkleyville in 1835, Sidney Weller established the first commercial winery, Medoc Vineyard. He produced Scuppernong and other native grapes. Other wineries followed, and by the 1850s, North Carolina had 25 wineries, which was a significant number in those days. European varieties had little success due to diseases not known in their native soils, but indigenous grapes did well. However, the Civil War soon sent vintners Read more »

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Varietals Produced in North Carolina View all

  • Catawba

    Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Muscadine

    Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia) are a grapevine species native to the present-day southeastern United States that has...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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Popular Wineries in North Carolina View all

  • Laurel Gray Vineyards

    Today the 84-acre Laurel Gray Estate is planted with 9.5 acres of rolling vineyards, containing F...

  • Chatham Hill Winery

    Hours: Monday – Wednesday   11 – 6 Thursday – Friday           11 – 7 Saturday        ...

  • Lake James Cellars Winery

    Lake James Cellars is a family owned and run winery located in the foothills of North Carolina. O...

  • Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery

    At Raffaldini Vineyards we provide an authentic Italian experience, complete with food, wine, art...

  • Round Peak Vineyards

    Round Peak Vineyards is located in the Yadkin Valley AVA, sitting at 1300 ft. in elevation in the...

  • Westbend Vineyards

    Westbend Vineyards is located in Lewisville, North Carolina. The 60 acres of prime vinifera viney...

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  • Sorry about last comment: At Shadow Springs Vineyard and Winery, try Shortcake wine, it's a strawberry wine and their Dark Shadow wine. It's a red wine with dark chocolate. Wonderful. Located in Hamptonville, NC.

    Comment by 908611NC winelover 908611 NC winelover


  • Just went on a five winery tour in Hamptonville, NC. Buck Shoals make a couple of excellent meads; Shadow Springs was the best winery of the five. Try their Strawberry Shortcake wine and their . Laurel Grey makes excellant sauce with their wine. The vinaigrette and chocolate sauce was wonderful. Raffaldini and Dobbins Creek wineries and ...

    Comment by 908611NC winelover 908611 NC winelover


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