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 more.

This edition of On The Vine features a newly opened winery in the Yadkin Valley, Midnight Magdalena, and a long-established vineyard, the one that is farthest north before reaching Virginia along Interstate 77, Round Peak Vineyards. As do most wineries and vineyards in the state, both offer unique features and activities to attract and entertain visitors.

A new program in North Carolina allows winemakers to submit their products to ensure quality wines are being created and to trouble shoot any issues that might be occurring during the production process, and RayLen Vineyards is the first in the state to qualify to place the oval silver stickers on every bottle of wine. Be sure to find out all the details.

In addition to the calendar of events for activities occurring at the individual wineries and vineyards, features in this edition include details on a number of upcoming wine festivals planned for the state.

This quarter’s edition also features a newly updated centerfold map, which is more comprehensive and updated than in previous editions.

We also are happy and excited to announce On The Vine is getting its own website presence online, with stories, a list of wineries, maps and more to be found at www.onthevinecarolina.com. Be sure to include #onthevinecarolina on your photos and posts about the Carolina wine industry.

So we invite you to delve into this edition, while pairing your reading with a glass of fine Carolina wine and sitting back to relax in the wonderful spring air.

I look forward to greeting you among the vines.

Wendy Byerly Wood


On The Vine

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