North Carolina Wine CountryHere, toasts write themselvesRayLen Vineyards & Winery in Mocksville North Carolina’s wine tale dates back 400 years to the arrival of Sir Walter Raleigh and his crew’s discovery of the Mother Vine, the oldest known cultivated grapevine in the New World. By the dawn of the 20th century, North Carolina led the country in wine production. Then along came Prohibition, which temporarily shifted attention from muscadines to moonshine. Luckily, it didn’t last. (Prohibition, that is.) Today, North Carolina is home to more than 100 wineries and vineyards and ranks ninth in wine production nationwide. Thanks to our rolling hills, rich soil and mild winters, we’re the only region on earth where you’ll find every major type of grape grown in the world. The state boasts three American Viticultural Areas, or designated wine-grape growing regions recognized by the federal government. The Yadkin Valley AVA is known for its clay-loam soil, which helps produce many world-class wines. Not far away, the Swan Creek AVA offers mineral-rich soil within scenes of rising mist from the distant river. Between Greensboro and Durham, the Haw River Valley AVA has a long growing season and a diversity of grapes, including both muscadine and European vinifera. Here, award-winning wine goes beyond the glass. Our wines evoke not just oak barrels, but local flavors and connections. It’s an experience well-paired with barbecue, mountain trout and tailgate parties as well as charming inns, seasonal festivals, arts and crafts, regional music and breathtaking natural scenic beauty. Plan a visit to Biltmore, the nation’s most-visited winery; Childress Vineyards, the second passion of NASCAR owner Richard Childress; or Raffaldini Vineyards, where you’ll discover a slice of Tuscany right here in North Carolina. Along the way, you also can explore one of our popular wine trails, where you’ll sample wines and meet vineyard owners as interesting and diverse as the state itself. Welcome to a wine tasting like no other.