Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that North Carolina is now home to 100 wineries. The 100th winery in North Carolina to raise a glass is Cauble Creek Vineyard in Salisbury, she said in a press release.
“Our wine industry is made up of small business owners, entrepreneurs and farmers. Most importantly it creates jobs in our state,” said Gov. Perdue. “Our wineries and vineyards provide a compelling reason to visit our state and they are a significant economic engine.”
North Carolina ranks seventh in wine production and 10th in grape production nationally. Research funded by the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council reports the wine and grape industry in this state accounts for more than 5,700 jobs with total economic impact as much as $813 million. North Carolina also ranks among the top five states in the country as a destination for culinary tourism according to a 2007 Travel Industry Association (now known as U.S. Travel Association) survey.
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The Road to 100: Notable N.C. Wine Facts
· North Carolina was the top producing wine state in the country before Prohibition
· Every part of the state has wineries; almost every North Carolinian lives within 100 miles of a winery.
· With one million visitors annually, Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. is the most visited winery in the nation.
· Westbend Vineyards in Lewisville, N.C. was the first to bottle European vinifera grapes in the Yadkin Valley in 1972.
· Duplin Winery opened in Rose Hill, N.C. in 1976. Today, they are the largest volume producer of wine in the state and the largest muscadine winery in the world.
· , a type of muscadine grape, is the first grape cultivated in the United States and is the official fruit of North Carolina.
· The Mothervine in Manteo on , N.C. is a 400-year-old scuppernong vine; it’s the oldest known cultivated grapevine in the nation.
For more information on visiting North Carolina wineries, buying North Carolina wine or enjoying seasonal events at wineries across the state, go to VisitNCWine.com.