American Viticultural Areas
Only areas that are home to distinctive climates, soil and elevations earn the prestigious designation of an American Viticultural Area. North Carolina is home to five of them. When you sip in these regions, you know you’re experiencing something singularly exclusive to the spot you’re standing.
Appalachian High Country
Vineyards in the Appalachian High Country AVA are planted at elevations between 2,290 and 4,630 feet. The wineries in this AVA experience unique challenges and benefits created by the elevation and sloping mountainsides.
Haw River Valley
The wineries in this AVA enjoy a long growing season and rich soil in the Haw River Valley. An average of 214 frost-free days are perfect for both the grapes and wine lovers who enjoy sipping on the patio nearly year-round.
Located in the Yadkin Valley, the wineries of the Swan Creek AVA enjoy a specific microclimate that makes their grapes unique. The nearby Brushy Mountains create a scenic backdrop, as well as provide a distinct mineral-rich soil known for its ability to retain nutrients and water.
Upper Hiwassee Highlands
The winding rivers and tree-covered slopes of the Appalachian Mountains are home to North Carolina vineyards producing distinctive sweet and off-dry style wines.
Yadkin Valley holds the distinction of being North Carolina’s first AVA. Moderate elevations and proximity to the Yadkin River allow a variety of grapes to thrive in this area that’s now home to dozens of wineries.