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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Viognier

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

  • Muscadine

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

  • 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

  • RagApple Lassie Vineyards

    Frank W. Hobson, Jr., has lived in Yadkin County, North Carolina, his entire life and is the thir...

  • Grove Street Winery

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

  • Westbend Vineyards

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

  • Dennis Vineyards

    Nestled amidst acres of beautiful grape vines, A Place In The Vineyard, is the perfect setting fo...

  • Silver Coast Winery

    Silver Coast Winery is a working winery with an annual production of 10,000 cases. We offer tours...

  • GlenMarie Vineyard and Winery

    GlenMarie Winery is in the Haw River Vally American Viticultural Area or AVA. This is a designat...

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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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  • Duplin Winery Muscadine Hatteras Red NV


    If you love muscadine & scuppernong grapes like I do, then you will love uncorking this bottle and getting a good whiff of that Southern sunshine. A sweet, succulent, and unassuming wine. Great to use for making a summertime sangria! Read More

    Wine review by Sarah Kate

  • Jones Von Drehle Chardonnay 2012


    Pleasant surprise for a North Carolina wine. Lean and crisp, unoaked chardonnay with nice notes of creamy lemon and a hint of golden apple. There's a short to medium finish and a touch of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Dobbins Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2012


    Second evening in a row having a Yadkin Valley North Carolina chardonnay. This Dobbins Creek is even nicer than the Laurel Gray. Light on its feet with fresh creamy lemon chiffon, a hint of green apple, nice acidity and a medium finish. There are a couple NC wineries doing justice to the chardonnay grape and this is one of the better ones. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Laurel Gray Vineyards Yadkin Valley Chardonnay 2011


    For a North Carolina wine this is very good chardonnay. Fresh golden apple, a touch of lemon pith, nice acidity and a medium finish. None of the harsh bitter almond that sometimes plaques NC whites. Quite nice. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Shelton Vineyards Port 2004


    This is a dessert wine with a light touch and very pleasing cherry notes. It would go great with cherry pie or with a chocolate dessert. It is a medium-bodied wine that is not too sweet. I was very pleasantly surprised by its pleasant qualities. I had some at a restaurant and plan to get some bottles. Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist

  • Delicia de Noel 2014


    Their wine is the best! I do not drink a lot of wine but I could drink this entire bottle! A must try! Read More

    Wine review by Dyontz

  • Ginger Creek Delicia de Noelnv NV


    Wonderfully delicious, refreshingly different ! Read More

    Wine review by ftmillclown

  • 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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