A Guide to North Carolinas Wineries

Overview

The future of North Carolina wine was hinted at as early as 1584, when Arthur Barlowe wrote Sir Walter Raleigh that the land was "full of grapes." Today, the state has 22 wineries and over 240 vineyards. With annual retail sales estimated at $25 million, North Carolina ranks 10th nationally in wine production, and it is experiencing impressive growth. As one winery owner says, "This is an industry whose time has come." Visitors to North Carolina's wineries have a wide range of wines to sample, and as they do, ...
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Overview

The future of North Carolina wine was hinted at as early as 1584, when Arthur Barlowe wrote Sir Walter Raleigh that the land was "full of grapes." Today, the state has 22 wineries and over 240 vineyards. With annual retail sales estimated at $25 million, North Carolina ranks 10th nationally in wine production, and it is experiencing impressive growth. As one winery owner says, "This is an industry whose time has come." Visitors to North Carolina's wineries have a wide range of wines to sample, and as they do, they can engage in a variety of activities, In addition to touring and tasting, they can picnic, celebrate weddings or other events, listen to concerts, look at art, try their hand at horseshoes or Italian bowling, and even help in the vineyards. A Guide to North Carolina's Wineries provides detailed portraits of the state's wineries. These include the history of each establishment, hours of operation, comprehensive wine lists, and recipes and food-pairing suggestions contributed by the wineries themselves. Interviews with owners, winemakers, grape growers, and other people involved in the industry make it clear that in North Carolina, winemaking is rapidly evolving as an art form.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895873422
  • Publisher: Blair, John F. Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Guide to North Carolinas Wineries Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 309
  • Sales rank: 688,250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Mills, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis, teaches at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Danielle Tarmey is experienced in many aspects of the wine business; for several years, she was a member of the tasting-room staff at Westbend Vineyards.
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
The History of Wine in North Carolina 5
Basics of Winemaking 11
Wineries of Western North Carolina
Biltmore Estate Winery 22
Cerminaro Vineyard 29
Chateau Laurinda 35
Profile: Larry and Sarah Kehoe, Owners, Silver Creek Vineyards 44
Ritler Ridge Vineyards 46
Rockhouse Vineyards 51
Profile: Gary Simmers, Landwirt Bottling 58
The Teensy Winery 60
Waldensian Heritage Wines 64
Windy Gap Vineyards 72
Profile: Stephen and Susan Lyons 78
Wineries of Piedmont North Carolina
Chatham Hill Winery 82
Dennis Vineyards 89
Profile: Michael Elsner, Executive Chef, The Wolf's Lair at Black Wolf Vineyards 96
Germanton Vineyard and Winery 98
Hanover Park Vineyard 105
Profile: Old North State Winegrowers Cooperative 112
RagApple Lassie Vineyards 114
RayLen Vineyards 121
Profile: Steve Shepard, Winemaker, RayLen Vineyards 126
Shelton Vineyards 128
Profile: Ray Troxell, Architect, Shelton Vineyards and RayLen Vineyards 134
SilkHope Winery 136
Westbend Vineyards 140
Profile: Dr. Robert McRitchie, Educator and Winemaker, Surry Community College 148
Wineries of Eastern North Carolina
Bennett Vineyards 152
Duplin Wine Cellars 156
Profile: Tania Dautlick, Executive Director, North Carolina Grape Council 164
Martin Vineyards 166
Moonrise Bay Vineyard 172
Silver Coast Winery 178
Profile: Albert Gomes, Tasting-room Staff, Silver Coast Winery 184
Appendix 1 Alphabetical List of Wineries 187
Appendix 2 New Wineries 189
Useful Resources 191
Index 193
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