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As harvest season comes to a close, find a new wine to enjoy

As harvest season comes to a close, find a new wine to enjoy

The temperatures in the Carolinas are beginning to cool, the leaves are beginning to change colors and fall, and the grapes have been harvested at many of the vineyards. In talking with winemakers and vineyard owners in the Yadkin Valley, this year’s harvest came in quickly, ending a little earlier than a few years past. […]

Discovering new partnerships, old treasures this edition

Discovering new partnerships, old treasures this edition

Little grapes have started appearing on vines across the state, with some in the east a little ahead of those in the central and western regions of North Carolina. Vineyard owners and their employees will be working diligently this summer and into early fall to keep those fruits healthy, mold-free and perfect for yielding the […]

Winemakers Corner

Right now winemakers are keeping their fingers crossed and praying for a good, healthy, dry harvest. It all starts in the vineyard, of course, making sure there are no signs of rot or other disease on the leaves and newly forming berries. One must be constantly vigilant, particularly when there is a cool, wet spring, […]

Winemakers Corner: The balance of vineyard and winery

Winemakers Corner: The balance of vineyard and winery

Old “saws” attempt to reduce wine making to a sound bite. For example, you have probably heard, “good wine is made in the vineyard” or “you cannot make good wine from bad grapes” or still another, “you can make bad wine from good grapes but you cannot make good wine from bad grapes.” They remind […]

Spring is in the air, buds are breaking

Warm weather is creeping into the Carolina wine country to stay, which means the leaves and buds will start appearing on grape vines bringing color and life back to vineyards and wineries. The warm temperatures also mean activities are kicking into gear, like camp-outs at vineyards, wine festivals across the state, outdoor concerts, picnics and […]