North Carolina Receives 5th American Viticultural Area

North Carolina’s Ag Commissioner, Steve Troxler announces that North Carolina has been awarded a 5th American Viticultural Area, the Appalachian High Country.

Being designated as a AVA, grape growers and wineries in the region can begin adding that distinction to their labels.  The designation also helps winemakers more accurately describe the origin of their wines, and it helps consumers identify wines they want to buy.

The Appalachian High Country AVA is a 2,400 acre area spanning eight counties across three states.  The North Carolina counties are Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Mitchell and Watauga.  It also includes two counties in Tennessee and one in Virginia.

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