NC Ag Commissioner Celebrates Wine & Grape Month

September is wine and grape month.

“We are proud to have the Wine and Grape Council back in the Department of Ag. This is a growth industry. Over the past decade its been five fold growth. The state is now home to 118 wineries and 400 commercial grape growers. It’s a huge growth over a short amount of time.
To celebrate, the wineries have scheduled more than 20 events across the state in September. They range from wine tastings to concerts to movies under the stars.

The state farmers market in Raleigh will host Grape Day this Friday from 11-1. At the Piedmont Triad market we will team up with the Greensboro JCs to host the Taste Carolina Wine Festival on September 15.

North Carolina is the 10th largest producer of wine and grapes in the nation. Its interesting to note that there were no wineries in this state 45 years ago.

The Muscatine grapes are primarily grown in the coastal regions and we grow cabernet sauvignon and the chardonnay grapes in the western and Piedmont regions.

We not only help in marketing but participate in research.

The best way to find out all that is going on is to visit  “ is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.