If you are anything like me, that opening title does not make sense. In fact, I have lived in North Carolina for over 9 years, and until recently I would have told you the only winery in the state was Duplin.
Another statement that shocked me is the vine that is thought to be the first cultivated grapevine in the United States is found in North Carolina. This grapevine, known as the Mother Vine, is located in the Outer Banks and is thought to be 400 years old and is still producing scuppernong grapes. For some reason I thought California would be home to something this awesome.
All of this to say this state has awesome wines! The best part is if you don’t like one, keep driving. With so many options, you will find one that tickles your fancy!
Drew and I decided along with traveling we wanted to visit a few of the many wineries and vineyards in our area and beyond this year, but after discovering just how many were in North Carolina we decided to highlight our home state’s wine scene. We have already traveled to two of the wineries around us, Hinnant and Gregory. and we are planning on slowly exploring more. But to be fair, I should point out we both like the smaller family owned wineries. So if you are looking for that Duplin post you won’t find it here.