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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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Viognier

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

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Popular Wineries in North Carolina View all

  • Shelton Vineyards Inc.

    In 1994, brothers Charlie and Ed Shelton purchased at auction the land on which Shelton Vineyards...

  • Grove Winery

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

  • Grove Street Winery

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

  • Germanton Art Gallery & Winery

    Germanton Gallery & Winery is proud to announce that our Sweet Red and Seyval wines won Gold meda...

  • Hinnant Vineyards

    Winemaking has been a tradition for years at Hinnant Family Vineyards. Since the first vines went...

  • Laurel Gray Vineyards

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

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  • Laurel Gray Vineyards-Scarlet Mountain 2010


    Fairly simple but decent enough for a North Carolina red blend. Not much in the way of aromatics with just a hint of astringent earthiness. On the tongue there's some ripe black cherry, pencil lead and a touch of that same earth. Medium acid, fairly light on the tannins and a short finish. Read More

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  • OT, a winery in your neck of the woods that you haven't visited?  You ... the spot on this 90+ degree North Carolina afternoon.  The blend is 40% Niellucciu (Sangiovese), 30% Sciaccarellu (Pollera Nera), 15% Merlot and 15% Grenach Read More

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  • DM, can't imagine what all you're experiencing over there but sounds ... sounds ... but not great North Carolina dessert wine made from Chambourcin. Just a touch of stewed prunes and cooked blueberries on the nose. On the palate is ripe black plum, blueberry cobbler, prune, a touch of musk or earth, little to no tannin, medium finish and less... Read More

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  • Hi Seth, welcome to Snooth!Things have been pretty quiet around there lately, ... hitting the spot on this hot North Carolina afternoon. The nose has some nice floral notes and on the palate is plenty of citrus - lemon, lime, some (but not too much) grapefruit, zingy acidity but with a bit of a tongue coating finish.  Very refreshing and very ... Read More

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  • What is a bit odd for these North Carolina wines is that the chardonnay wine label says Napa Valley chardonnay, but on the side of the label is says Vinted and Bottled by Lake Norman Winery, Ukiah, CA.  On the Sauv Blanc bottle it says Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc and on the side is says Vinted and Bottled by Lake Norman Winery, Cloverda... Read More

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  • Mark, never had a straight up Teroldego but have had it in a blend, nothing to ... miles from my house here in North Carolina. Talking with the owners, they source not just grapes but wine in barrels from different California producers. They then age and bottle or age and blend the wine they've purchased. I'm not entirely sure how they get wha... Read More

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  • California wine, North Carolina maker?  Yes, this qualifies as "completely different." Read More

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  • 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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  • 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 ...

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