RALEIGH – Wine lovers will have plenty of ways to celebrate the state’s $1.7 billion wine and grape industry in September during North Carolina Wine and Grape Month.
The annual celebration aligns with the traditional harvest season of grapes across the state. The N.C. Wine and Grape Growers Council, which promotes the industry, is encouraging consumers to visit local wineries during the month.
“North Carolina is home to more than 180 wineries, and each one is as unique as the wines it offers,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “On top of that, the state has 525 grape growers from the mountains to the coast.”
The state has four American Viticultural Areas: Yadkin Valley, Swan Creek, Haw River and Upper Hiwassee Highlands. Each is federally recognized for its distinctive combination of soil, climate, elevation and wine characteristics. Consumers can find a list of N.C. wineries with maps and contact information online at http://bit.ly/NCWineries.
Wineries will offer a variety of special events in September, from wine tastings and grape stomps to music festivals and farm-to-table dinners. Following are a few of the special events planned at wineries and vineyards across the state:
Sept. 3 – Vineyard Deck Music Series at South Creek Winery in Nebo
Sept. 4 – Grove Winery Wine & Song Concert Series in Gibsonville
Sept. 10 – Duplin Winery’s Grape Stomp in Rose Hill
Sept. 10 – Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre at South Creek Winery in Nebo
Sept. 16 – Grape Day at State Farmers Market in Raleigh
Sept. 17 – Shine to Wine Festival in North Wilkesboro
Oct. 8 — North Carolina Grape Festival at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin
North Carolina is the 10th-largest producer of wine in the nation and grows about 2,300 acres of grapes annually. The wine and grape industry employs nearly 8,000 workers across the state. More information about the industry is available at www.ncwine.org.