North Carolina experiencing rebirth in winemaking

on 11/09/10 at 10:06 pm

Wine

North Carolina has more than 90 wineries, including the Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, N.C. The number of wineries in the state has more than quadrupled since 2001, and ranks seventh in wine production in the United States.

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.

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