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A Guide To North Carolina Wine Country

September 14, 2011 9:07 AM

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Whether you are in the mood for a white or red, Merlot or Muscadine, the wineries and vineyards located in North Carolina are some of the most scenic and picturesque places that will offer the perfect pairing of wine and food for your taste buds. You are invited to explore the scenic beauty of North Carolina wine country! From the mountains to the coast various and memorable wine experiences await you, your family or your friends! Forget Nappa Valley… there is magic when it comes to the wines and wineries of North Carolina!

North Carolina Wine Is…

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Did you know that North Carolina is home to over 100 wineries? The number of wineries in the Tar heel State has more than quadrupled since 2001. The industry of wineries within North Carolina has two focuses – native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes. The vinifera grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. Within the state of North Carolina, they are planted in the Western and Piedmont regions.

Explore award-winning wineries across North Carolina and come to know the rich histories, details and information each winery holds. North Carolina boasts a unique variety of grapes as well as wine. Ranking as a top-five destination for wine travelers and enthusiasts, visitors, each year enjoy more than 100 wineries and 400 vineyards from the mountains to the coast. North Carolina has a very vivid and rich history of wine and grapes, from being the home of our nation’s first cultivated wine grape to being the leading wine producer before Prohibition. North Carolina is also home to the most visited winery in the country, as well as the world’s largest Muscadine wine producer.

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Today, the state of North Carolina ranks 9th in wine and grape production in the United States. The number of wineries has grown five times over in North Carolina and grape acreage has more than doubled over the last ten years. As a whole, when it comes to wineries and wine and profit, the state of North Carolina’s wineries has an economic impact of $813 million and supports more than 5,700 jobs. Now that is something to toast!

From the mountains…to the coast… to the Piedmont to areas in the Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek to Haw River Valley… full bodied wines with rich histories and details make for a memorable experience…not to mention a one-of-a-kind taste!

Events Around Wonderful Wine!

Each and every winery in North Carolina offers tremendous opportunities for fun, festivities and memorable moments. The “Grove Winery Free Concert Series” is available within the Grove Winery & Vineyards. Participants can enjoy the great outdoors and the beautiful countryside while listening to great music! Fresh and prepared food is available just as a willingness to have a great time is as well! For more information visit their website:

The “7th Annual NC Muscadine Wine Festival” is always a hit! Participants will enjoy live music, live performances and and over 150 wines! Cooking and wine making contests round out a memorable event.The festival will take place rain or shine. Gather all of the details here!

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The “TerraVita Food & Wine Event” is a tremendously wonderful event that always brings wonderful food, memorable fun and fantastic folks! Taking place in Chapel Hill, The “TerraVita Food & Wine Event” features 35 of the top-rated North Carolina chefs and artisan food purveyors with some of the finest biodynamic and natural wines from around the world! Make plans for a great time with more information here!

When it comes to the “Davesté Vineyards Sunday Wine and Music Event” think relaxation and true North Carolina merriment! Bring a picnic basket and an outdoor chair and your taste buds! various foods and wines are apart of this event just as tours and various events! Gather more information here!

…Just A Few Wine Tasting Tips…

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Did you know that there is a difference between wine tasting and wine drinking? Tasting wine involves your sense of taste, smell, touch and even sight. So here are a few tips that help you to taste with knowledge and understanding!
1. The sense of sight is the first one that is involved in proper wine tasting. It is necessary to tilt the wine a bit so that you see it with a white background.
2. Once we have a deep appreciation of wine through our sight,the next sense that is involved is our smell. You can discern the different wine aromas simply through their smell. Did you know that right at the tip of the glass you will feel a fruitier smell than deeper in the glass? It’s true. for at the bottom is where the wine will feel so much richer and fuller.
3. So what do you feel when the wine touches your tongue? Is there a prickle of the wine around the edges of your tongue? There is a feel that wine has when it touches the tongue. Each tongue pore comes into contact with the wine. It is important to know what it feels like.
4. There is an entire art about the actual tasting of the wine and it is good for you to articulate and detail those tastes. When tasting your wine, you need to take only a small sip, swirl it around in your mouth and then hold it for a second or two. The wineries of North Carolina offer exploration in terms of how to taste wine and experience the fullness of wine!

“Wine-ing” Down!

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There is certainly no shortage of wonderful wineries in North Carolina and for more information, directions, events and details about them, here are a few wonderful places! Let’s toast… to wonderful wine tastes and happy wine travels!

Phone: 877-3NC-WINE

Phone: (336) 813-6688

Phone: 1-800-VISITNC

Cicely C. Mitchell

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