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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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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

  • Weathervane Winery

    Some say that Noah was the first wine maker, others claim that the old Persians were at it thousa...

  • Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery

    Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery, founded in 2003 among the green hills surrounding Elkin at the hi...

  • Laurel Gray Vineyards

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

  • Round Peak Vineyards

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

  • Germanton Art Gallery & Winery

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

  • Cerminaro Vineyard

    Joseph Cerminaro grew up in an Italian-American household in Northern Pennsylvania where wine was...

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North Carolina on Snooth

  • Wow, that picture came out just a little bigger than I was expecting! lolGood ... ... laboratory -  in North Carolina so I like being reasonably close to i Read More

    Forum post in the topic Have enology-related questions?

  • Okay, I was pages behind here and missed the rundown on the Carlisle.  ... cab like a Napa Cab. I think North Carolina, esp out near Asheville in the "mountains," might be a fine place to grow Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo, for instance, but no one is doing that.  (Okay, not true:  Had one okay nebbiolo from there Read More

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  • I forgot to mention that last night we had a Gruner Veltliner from... North Carolina.  I think it had a touch of RS, but it also had tons of acid, so it was like a really good Chenin.  That was bottle #1 with our Tequila Lime rotisserie chicken (home cooked and delicious), then wife opened a bottle of Cottonwood PN from Willamette Valley and I h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Dude, Great question with no one right answer. I used to own a bricks and ... wine shop in your area of North Carolina, befriend the owners, attend the tastings and expose yourself to as many flavors from all over the world as you can. Palate discovery is the famous journey rather than the destination scenario and it evolves as you evolve so i... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Your comments are understandable, DM.  Daniel's profile page indicates ... indicates that he lives in North Carolina.  I have no idea what kind of stores are available to him, but I figured that he would be able to find California wines pretty easily.  My prejudice for California wines nottwithstanding, I really thought I was making it easy for... Read More

    Forum post in the topic what to drink

  • Welcome Dr. Angela, I'd like to hear a bit about that Arkansas winery. Here in North Carolina, we have a fairly new wine region (Yadkin Valley) that we enjoy exploring. Nothing quite like Cali but a good bit closer to home. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Shadow Springs Petit Verdot 2012


    Not bad for North Carolina wine. Subdued nose for a petit verdot but some slight floral notes. Flavors of ripe raspberry and shoe polish are poised against soft tannins, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • VV, if you liked the Kenneth Volk Malvasia, K&L has it on ... made out near you in North Carolina, and it's okay but I don't think they know what to do with it (or many other vinifera grapes).  Anything that Clendenen bottles that isn't Burgundian gets under the Clendenen Family label. Palmina of course also makes Nebbiolo, as you pointed out, ... Read More

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  • I have very little experience with CF.  I have five or six bottles of CA ... ... the Childress winery in North Carolina (around Vin0vin0's patch).  The best wine I tasted that day was their Cabernet Franc.  Of course it's possible that it was just the least bad wine I had.  I actually bought a bottle, and I know it was nowhere near the $80 ta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc

  • So here you go, D. I represented this guy recently who was held in federal ... ... (The other was in North Carolina.)  The other connection:  He used the proceedings to buy a private jet, a private island, and >$1,000,000 of wine.  Which, if you like Burgundy or 1st growth Bordeaux, is like a thousand bottles of thousand dollar wine.  Or, as w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine and Crime--Part II

  • 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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