North Carolina is home to more than 100 wineries, a number that is quadruple the number of wineries found 10 years ago. North Carolina has a long history of winemaking, before the Prohibition North Carolina was the United States’ leading wine producer. Now they are establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, quickly increasing both their numbers and their reputation. There are three AVAs within the state of North Carolina, Yadkin Valley, Swan Creek, and Haw River Valley.
The Yadkin Valley, a true river valley, stretches east from the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains across the rolling Piedmont. The Swan Creek AVA has a unique climate and soil composition conducive to the production of vinifera wine grapes. The Haw River Valley AVA is a 868-square-mile region located in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties in North Carolina.