Wineries in North Carolina are a great way to take scenic tours of the state, get some fresh air and learn more about the incredibly rich cultural history of wine. With around 200 wineries to choose from, the adventure awaits.
There are three wine areas of North Carolina:
1. Coastal - The mothervine, which is America's oldest cultivated grapevine grows here. Widely grown grape varieties include the native scuppernong grapes.
2. Mountain - 185 tasting rooms, home to four American Viticulture Areas
Appalachian High Country
Upper Hiwassee Highlands
3. Piedmont - Located in the culture epicenter of North Carolina. Home to three American Viticulture Areas.
Haw River Valley
The distinction of being an American Viticulture Area is achieved when a region possesses a unique climate, soil and elevation. North Carolina has five in total. The whole US has 252 AVAs and over half are located in California.
Wine Trails in North Carolina:
The Mothervine - America's oldest cultivated grapevine has been producing wine since 1584 on what is now known as Roanoke Island. To learn more about visiting the Mothervine visit project 543.
NC Wine is a great resource to get a guide and learn more about the wine trails in North Carolina. They also have a great directory available.