The event brought together media and bloggers, state officials, and winery representatives in order to better know and understand how to promote the blossoming North Carolina Wine industry. Eleven wineries and two meadery were featured. Each brought a signature wine or mead for each table to taste.
We were elated to meet some fellow bloggers, such as Joe & Matt - The Wine Guys and Bob & Jen from Wine Carolinas. Joe and Matt put a lot of hard work into hosting this event at Childress. We were also thrilled to meet so many others associated with the different vineyards and wineries participating. It amazes me how much work goes into growing the grapes and making good wine. An old industry joke is that the secret to making a small fortune in the winery business is to start with a large fortune. We are so thankful for all that are striving each day to make good wine, allowing us to enjoy the benefits of their hard work. We'll continue to blog and do our best to be their brand ambassadors.
A fact sheet was handed out as part of our package. Some key NC Wine Industry facts;
- North Carolina is home to nearly 186 wineries.
- 1.1 million cases per year are produced, ranking NC 11th in the U.S.
- Duplin Winery, the largest and oldest in the state, in the world's largest producer of muscadine wine.
- Biltmore Winery is the most visited winery in the U.S.
I cannot stress just how much fun we have visiting North Carolina wineries. Jenni and I have to date visited 78 of the 186 in North Carolina, leaving us over 100 still to visit. Let the fun commence. Get out in September and visit a North Carolina winery. Drop me a note if we can offfer suggestions.
Happy Weekend Wining!
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