AGING TO PERFECTION: NORTH CAROLINA'S WINE INDUSTRY HAS BEEN CROWING IN PRODUCTION, VALUE AND POPULARITY.

Author:Miller, Harrison
 
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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

North Carolina

rank in U.S. wine production

11th

number of wineries

186

525 individually owned grape vineyards and producers

2,300 grape-bearing acres

cases produced per year

2018 1.1 million

2013 569,000

96%

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

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VITICULTURAL AREAS

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.

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