Wine Sorts In North Carolina
North Carolina covers a wide area that supports the growing of several different grape varieties. This means that whilst the state is well known for its sweet wines, the region is able to offer much more, particular since the influx of European vines.
Muscadine wines are one of America’s native wine grapes, from a species called Vitis rotundifolia, which is native to the Southeastern United States. Grapes can be red or white and can grow to the size of a golf ball. Muscadine is very aromatic and also sweet, although there are some nearly dry styles. The wine is best drunk lightly chilled.
North Carolina now produces much more than just sweet wine. Thanks to the influx of European wines there is much more choice.
The history of wine in North Carolina goes back as far as the seventeenth century, to the early days of colonisation. European settlers saw the native American grape on the land, the Scuppernong, and began to cultivate it to produce a sweet wine. This variety remains available in some parts of the state, though the majority of the wine produced in the region today comes from the Vitis vinifera grape
By the mid-eighteenth century, North Carolina had 25 established wineries across the state, which dominated the national market at the time. The Scuppernong grape, now the official state fruit, was the source for this early wine. Everything changed with the effects of the civil war and then prohibition which put an end to the wine business until the 1970s when North Carolina’s wine industry again began to show significant growth which has continued over the past decades.
North Carolina has a reputation for producing excellent fruit wines.
Crafted with 100 percent locally grown berries, this wine is pure fruity aroma with a delightful finish. A red wine made from blending blackberry wine with dry red wine creates a drink that starts sweet, but has a clean, dry finish.