Did you know there are 17 wineries/vineyards within the counties that make up the Triangle region of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas)? Whether they are chock full of rows and rows of vines or are simply a facility for manufacturing with a tasting/function room, the growing of grapes and our Triangle wineries contribute to a multi-million dollar industry in North Carolina.
For an urban flair, you can visit Chatham Hill Winery in Morrisville. With several events scheduled throughout the month and weekend tastings, it’s a hidden gem in this area. The Cary Citizen recently wrote an excellent article about Chatham Hill and the “hidden gem” that it is.
In Apex, you can partake in a tasting and tour at Cloer Family Vineyards, a small Vineyard only recently producing its wine from its own grapes. Our Lisa Sullivan stopped in one afternoon not too long ago and was pleasantly surprised by the ambiance of the facility and flavor of the wines.
In Angier and in nearby Fuquay-Varina, check out Gregory Vineyards and Adams Vineyards and Winery, respectively. Both heavily favor wine created by the North Carolina muscadine grape. If you like sweet NC wines, you’ll enjoy tasting either of theirs. Additionally, both offer scenic vistas and relaxing country settings too.
Not too far from the Streets of Southpoint mall in Durham is the Vineyards at Southpoint. Who knew there was a working vineyard just a couple of miles from great shopping!
And it’s almost harvest time!
NCWine.com produced this short but excellent piece on just exactly what they mean by “harvest time” in NC -
There’s even a North Carolina Muscadine Harvest Festival at the end of this month too!
For additional harvest festivals (that include grape stomping fun!) planned throughout the next few weeks, check out the Events calendar at NCWine.com.
Have you visited the wineries in and around the Triangle? What are some of your favorites? We only named a few. Please share!
And happy harvesting!
Image of Cloer Family Vineyards grapes on the vine courtesy of Lisa Sullivan.