Surry County, NC - They're not just grapes. North Carolina's Wine Industry is a cash cow. The state ranks number 10 in the nation for wine production.
WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain went to Shelton Vineyards, one of the state's most popular tourist destinations.
One of the things that makes Shelton Vineyards so unique is its production. Co-owners Ed and Charlie Shelton make and grow their own wines; fifteen different ones as a matter of fact.
The wines sell at grocery stores, restaurants and wine bars in North Carolina, South Carolina and also in Virginia. The vineyard employs almost three dozen full time employees and more during peak season. It's just one of the vineyards that adds to the state economy.
There are more than 100 wineries in our state, and about 400 Vineyards. The number of NC wineries has more than quadrupled in the last decade and the state ranks 10th in wine and grape production in the U.S.
Just so you know how big the wine industry is in our state, it has a $1.28 billion economic impact a year and supports nearly 7,600 jobs.
You can take in some of North Carolina's wine industry next weekend at the 12th Annual NC Wine Festival. It's at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on Saturday, May 26th.
You can meet the wine makers, vineyard owners, taste and compare wines from 30 North Carolina wineries. Tickets are on sale now at www.ncwinefestival.com.
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