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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

  • Muscadine

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

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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Popular Wineries in North Carolina View all

  • McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks‎

    We care about the earth and our place on it. Our estate vineyards are farmed using sustainable an...

  • Stonefield Estate

    Stonefield Cellars Winery began with our vision of creating a small, high quality winery in Guilf...

  • Grove Street Winery

    For over 20 years the Grove Street Winery has played a dynamic role in shaping the history of Son...

  • Grove Winery

    Grove Winery is located 7 miles northeast of Greensboro and about 20 minutes from downtown Greens...

  • Biltmore Estate Wine Company

    Taste Biltmore's own wines, produced and bottled on the estate in our 90,000 square foot facility...

  • Horizon Cellars

    Horizon Cellars is a premiere, AWARD WINNING and NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED, boutique winery. Establis...

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North Carolina on Snooth

  • Quite apropos Mark, hard to believe a North Carolina NASCAR driver is producing fairly decent wine from NC grapes (and charging Napa tasting room fees). I have to admit that theirs is some of the better wines made here.DM, gonna need a little more study time.While I'm researching DM's latest, here's another of mine from Montrachet - weighing in. Read More

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  • From vin0vin0's neck of the woods--North Carolina.  Read More

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  • Jones Von Drehle Petit Manseng 2013


    This is a NC wine from our beloved Yadkin Valley AVA. Light gold in color, there's some interesting floral and petrol aromatics not unlike a slightly older Riesling. That's where most of the similarities stop however, as this is more tropical on the palate along with dried apricot, some nice acidity but with a touch of bitterness on the back end... Read More

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  • Drinking wine for the resveratrol is kind of ridiculous.  By the time you ... want muscadine wines, try North Carolina Wine Gifts.  Tell them I sent you and maybe they will arrange to ship somewhere where you can pick it up.  But the complications of shipping across borders is the whole reason that wine importing is an actual profession. Good luc Read More

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  • Dennis & Ellen, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  I'm sure that all ... in, for example, Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia from locals in those areas.Oh, and links to another site don't count.  If you can spend the time to compose a report, just copy it and paste it, here.Now, keep in mind, we are also a bunch of egotistical jerks.  When you d... Read More

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  • PInot Gris is not unusual, however, Pinot Gris from North Carolina is. This is fairly simple with flavors of white peach and honey suckle, medium acidity and a short finish. There's a bit of a metallic bite on the backend.OK and something weird just happened. This wine wasn't in Snooth's database so I created it. I added my tasting note and gave... Read More

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  • Brushy Mountain Pinot Gris 2013


    Not bad for North Carolina wine. Fairly simple with flavors of white peach and honey suckle. Medium acidity and a short finish. There's a bit of a metallic bite on the backend. Read More

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  • Beautiful Tablas Creek Vermentino from Paso. Really nice floral, honeysuckle ... bottlings from our very own North Carolina winery Raffaldin Read More

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  • Let me add my welcome, Sarah Kate.  Muscadine is something that is pretty ... a year ago during a visit to North Carolina.  Regarding your husbands not liking alcohol, if it is not a health issue, then maybe he can be converted.  I know that my enjoyment of wine is enhanced because my wife also enjoys it.  We don't necessarily agree on many of... Read More

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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.

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  • 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 ...

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