Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”
September is North Carolina Wine and Grape Month, and more than 20 events are scheduled across the state during the month. The events include wine tastings, concerts, even movies under the stars.
A couple of NCDA&CS farmers markets also will help celebrate Wine and Grape Month. The State Farmers Market in Raleigh will host Grape Day on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market near Greensboro will team up with the Greensboro Jaycees to host the Taste Carolina Wine Festival on Sept. 14.
The number of wineries in North Carolina has grown five-fold over the past decade. The state is now home to 118 wineries and 400 commercial grape growers. North Carolina is the 10-largest producer of wine and grapes in the nation. Commissioner Troxler says the ranking is even more impressive when you consider that there were no wineries in the state 45 years ago.
North Carolina’s Coastal region is known for producing the native muscadine grapes, including the famed scuppernong, which was the nation’s first cultivated wine grape. In the Western and Piedmont regions of the state, growers produce European varieties of grapes, such as Cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay.
North Carolina’s wine and grape industry generates an economic impact of more than $1 billion, and is also home to three American Viticultural Areas: Yadkin Valley, Swan Creek and Haw River Valley.
The department has a long history of supporting grape growers and wineries through marketing and research. The Marketing Division operates the Wine and Grape Council to promote the industry in the United States and internationally.
For more information about North Carolina wine, grapes and events, click here.
Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about Wine and Grape Month.
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