Did you know that September is North Carlina Wine & Grape Month? With about 120 wineries and 400 commercial grape growers, NC is also the 10th largest producer of wine and grapes in the nation. While we’re home to the nation’s first cultivated wine grape, the 400 year old Scuppernong which grew wild on Roanoke Island; NC vineyards successfully grow many European varietals, as well.
We, here at the Market, take pride (and a great deal of enjoyment!) in meeting the people and visiting the places where our food is grown and our goods are made. That’s one of the reasons we’re so happy to announce that Farm to Island is now offering a variety of wonderful NC wines and craft beers, along with a curated selection of organic and sustainable wines from all over! Which also means we get to visit all these wonderful NC vineyards and wineries (and breweries, too)! NC’s wine scene is growing more each year in the different varietals being offered and quality that can be compared with anything coming from the other side of the US or the ocean!
In fact, NC’s Yadkin Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) was just named to USA Today’s Top 10 Best US Wine Regions!
We took the photo above last month on our first visit to the Raffaldini Vineyards in NC’s Yadkin Valley. Nestled near the Yadkin River and Blue Ridge Mountains, the rolling hills and gentle slopes of the vineyard is blessed with mild breezes that constantly freshen and circulate air. Unique to the vineyard is an abundance of broken granite and schist which provide for excellent soil drainage and trace mineral extraction giving the grape a certain terroir, or sense of place. Raffaldini has planted over 40 acres of classic Italian and French grape varietals in their beautiful NC vineyard. It’s such a beautiful setting, it’s truly feels like being in the Italian countryside!
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