North Carolina Wine
Discover North Carolina Wines • Eighty years ago, we bottled moonshine. Today we bottle sunshine. Fine wines, friendly faces, and Southern hospitality. Come to North Carolina wine country and explore the fun growing on our vines.
Whether you prefer white or red, Merlot or Muscadine, North Carolina’s wineries and vineyards will have the perfect pairing for your taste buds. Come explore the scenic beauty of our wine country, taste the fruits of our vineyards, and stay for a picnic or perhaps some live music. From the mountains to the coast to the vast Yadkin Valley, NC has a wine experience that will keep you coming back.
North Carolina’s wine story dates back more than 400 years to the arrival of Sir Walter Raleigh, whose men discovered the Mother Vine and reported that the coast was "so full of grapes as the very beating and surge of the sea overflowed them.
North Carolina boasts a unique variety of grapes and wine. Ranking as a top-five destination for wine travelers and enthusiasts, visitors can enjoy more than 100 wineries and 400 vineyards from the mountains to the coast. North Carolina has a storied 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. The state is home to the most visited winery in the country, as well as the world’s largest Muscadine wine producer.
Today, North Carolina is home to more than 100 wineries and ranks 9th in wine and grape production in the United States. The number of wineries has grown five times over and grape acreage has more than doubled in the last decade. Overall, the North Carolina wine and grape industry generates an annual economic impact of $1.28 billion and supports nearly 7,600 jobs.