North Carolina Wine Month is celebrated in September, according to the Wine Lovers Calendar. One of the joys of writing The Wine Raconteur beyond the actual drinking is to learn more about wines, which is fun. At this point in my life, fun is good.
Alas, I have never had the chance to try an actual wine from North Carolina or have visited any of the over one hundred wineries in the state. It is one of the oldest wine growing regions in America, which I did not know and that at one time it was the leading producer of wines in the country, that is until Prohibition, which put the halt to almost all wine production. The most popular varietals that are grown in North Carolina are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Viognier. North Carolina is also home to wine that is native to America, and is considered one of the oldest cultivated grapes in the world, which is locally called Scuppernongs and is related genetically to the Muscadine grape, and it has been grown in North Carolina for about four hundred years of record. North Carolina is also home to four established wine districts; Yadkin Valley, Swan Creek, Haw River Valley and Upper Hiawassee Highlands. The two illustrations that I am using are from sites that I found on the internet.
While admitting that I have never had a wine from North Carolina, my Bride and I have had the good fortune to have visited a dear friend in the state and have discovered some great restaurants and have gone to some wine tastings while there, but that is for another day or two and another story or two.