North Carolina wine

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North Carolina
Wine region
A Vineyard in the Yadkin Valley AVA
Official name State of North Carolina
Type U.S. state
Year established 1789
Country USA
Sub-regions Haw River Valley AVA, Swan Creek AVA, Yadkin Valley AVA
Total area 53,865 square miles (139,510 km2)
Grapes produced Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carlos, Cayuga, Chambourcin, Chancellor, Chardonel, Chardonnay, Concord, De Chaunac, Gewürztraminer, Leon Millot, Malbec, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Muscadine, Muscat Canelli, Nebbiolo, Niagara, Noble, Norton, Petit Verdot, Pinot gris, Pinot Nnir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon blanc, Scuppernong, Seyval blanc, St. Vincent, Symphony, Syrah, Tempranillo, Traminette, Vidal blanc, Vignoles, Viognier[1]

North Carolina wine refers to wine made from grapes grown in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Wine has been produced in the area since the early days of European colonization in the 17th century. Wine growers in North Carolina were the first to cultivate a native American grape variety, the Scuppernong, which produces a sweet wine, examples of which are still being made in the state. Most wine produced in North Carolina since the year 2000 is made from Vitis vinifera grape varieties, although French hybrid and Vitis labrusca varieties remain common.

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A North Carolina wine made from the Scuppernong grape.

North Carolina ranks tenth in both grape and wine production in the United States. The state's wine industry continues to expand, and today is one of the United States’ five most visited state destinations for wine and culinary tourism.[2] In 2007, North Carolina contained 55 wineries and 350 vineyards.[3] By 2011, this had grown to more than 100 wineries and more than 400 vineyards.[4]

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  1. ^ Appellation America (2007). "North Carolina: Appellation Description". Retrieved Nov. 16, 2007.
  2. ^ "''Visit NC Wine Country''". Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  3. ^ "''Nurture Wine and Grape Industry'', North Carolina Department of Commerce". Retrieved 2012-08-09. 
  4. ^ "''NC Wine Fast Facts'', North Carolina Department of Commerce" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-08-09.