North Carolina experiencing rebirth in winemaking
on 11/09/10 at 10:06 pmWine
North Carolina is known for basketball, beaches and barbecue. But wine doesn’t necessarily come to mind when thinking about the Tar Heel State.
Yet North Carolina is home to over 90 wineries and has three American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) — Yadkin Valley, Swan Creek and Haw River Valley. For an AVA designation, 85 percent of the grapes have to be grown in the region and there must be a distinctive combination of soil and climate. This results in an identifiable regional wine character, also known as an appellation or district.