Wine and Grape Industry
North Carolina boasts a unique variety of grapes and wine. Ranking as a top-five destination for wine travelers and enthusiasts, visitors can enjoy more than 100 wineries and 400 vineyards from the mountains to the coast. North Carolina has a storied history of wine and grapes, from being the home of our nation's first cultivated wine grape to being the leading wine producer before Prohibition. The state is home to the most visited winery in the country, as well as the world's largest Muscadine wine producer.
Today, North Carolina ranks 10th in wine and grape production in the United States. The number of wineries has grown five-fold and grape acreage has more than doubled in the last decade. Overall, the North Carolina wine and grape industry generates an annual economic impact of $1.28 billion and supports nearly 7,600 jobs.