North Carolina may be better known for its craft brewing prowess, but its wine industry is also aging well. The state's wine roots extend to the founding of the nation. Today, North Carolina's wine industry focuses on the production of native muscadine grapes in the eastern part of the state and European-style vinifera grapes out west. Muscadine grapes, which thrive in hot, coastal conditions, are used to produce scuppernong, sangria, and rose wine. Vinifera grape varieties include cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, merlot, syrah, chardonnay and viognier.
Historic wineries and vineyards facts
The scuppernong was the first grape cultivated in the U.S. and is the state's official fruit.
The Mothervine in Manteo on Roanoke Island is a 500-year-old scuppernong vine and the oldest-known cultivated grapevine in the nation.
Medoc Vineyard in Brinkleyville was the first commercial winery established in North Carolina in 1835.
Size of industry
rank in U.S. wine production
number of wineries
525 individually owned grape vineyards and producers
2,300 grape-bearing acres
cases produced per year
2018 1.1 million
1.9 million number of wine-related tourists
Value of industry annual impact as of 2016/2017
annual economic impact of $1.97 billion
retail value of N.C. wine sold $130 million
supports more than 10,000 jobs
wine-related tourism expenditures $319 million
wages paid $375 million
federal taxes paid $113 million
state & local taxes paid $89 million
BILTMORE ESTATE WINERY receives more than 1 million visitors annually and is the most-visited winery in the U.S.
DUPLIN WINERY is the largest and oldest winery in I the state and the world's largest producer of muscadine wine.
1.2 million gallons produced in 2018
500,000 cases sold annually
Yadkin Valley was established in 2002. is located in northwestern N.C.. and is home to about 400 acres of vineyard.
Swan Creek was established in 2008, is a sub-region of Yadkin Valley, and is home to six wineries.
Haw "River Valley was established in 2009, It's located in central N.C. and is home to six wineries.
Upper-Hiwassee Highlands was established in 2014 in southwestern N.C. and is home to five wineries.