Largest Vineyards in North Carolina
It is said that the grapevine was introduced and cultivated in an area later to be established as the state of North Carolina soon after Sir Walter Raleigh landed in the New World. The vineyards were successful for many years, but North Carolina lost its market dominance due to the Civil War. Recovery after the war continued until the early twentieth century when the state voted in 1908 to be a dry state. With the onset of Prohibition in 1919 winemaking in North Carolina was halted. North Carolina is in the top ten of both grape and wine production in the US with more than 100 wineries and more than 400 vineyards. It is also listed as one of the top five state destinations for wine and food tourism.