The grape vine was first introduced and cultivated in the New World not long after Sir Walter Raleigh landed in what would become the Carolina’s. By the start of the 20th Century, North Carolina had become the leading wine-producing region in the nation. Producing 1.2 million gallons a year, North Carolina is now home to more than 100 wineries, four times what it was in 2001.
The state wine industry has two focuses – native muscadine grapes, and European-style vinifera grapes. The most common vinifera grape varieties found in the region include: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier, which are planted in the Western and Piedmont regions of the state.
Westbend Vineyards & Brewhouse
40 Acres – $2,695,000
5394 Williams Road, Lewisville, NC | Forsyth County, North Carolina
This historic property is the first vinifera vineyard in North Carolina and is known for producing some of the finest hand-harvested, premium estate wines in the country. The list of awards includes Gold medals for the Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot, the Chambourcin, the Sauvignon Blanc, the Riesling, and the Seyval Blanc. These award winning wines have been featured in well-known restaurants, wine shops and large retailers including Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Total Wine and Fresh Market.
This commercially bonded winery has received favorable press in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate. The total property sits on 40 acres with over 14 acres dedicated to the vineyards. Their plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Reisling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir among others. State of the art brew-house offers substantial growth opportunities.
Benny Parsons Rendezvous Ridge
10 Acres – $2,300,000
172 Benny Parsons Road, Purlear, NC | Wilkes County, North Carolina
The Estate/Vineyard-Benny Parsons Rendezvous Ridge is now on the market. Benny Parson was a NASCAR legend and television broadcaster. He and his wife Terri name this estate for the mountain Rendezvous Ridge. The truly special mountain estate has 360-degree panoramic views.
The home faces west with the vineyards facing southwest. It has over 7,000 square feet of elegance, very upscale but yet casual elegance. It can accommodate over one hundred people for events such as weddings, which have been held at this beautiful estate.
The grapes planted in the vineyard are Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Franc. The elevation is perfect for Champagne grapes. The soils PH level is perfect for growing grapes. The property has two wells and three natural springs. Built in 2006 with stucco exterior done by Jamacian standards and construction practices the color is in the stucco itself. French, or rounded, corners and chair rail moldings throughout the home. It has lightning arrestors (three systems).
25 Acres – $1,150,000
501 Mining School, State Road, NC | Wilkes County, North Carolina
The RAHMA Horse Farm and Vineyard is a complete with three residences. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina’s new Wine Country in Wilkes County on 25 rolling , picturesque acres. With over 4600 sq feet of living main level spaces 6 brs 5 baths 4 car attached garages and 2 covered spaces for truck and horse trailer.
The main residence is a low country style home built in 1994 complete with a rocking chair front porch, sun room, screened in porch, all new appliances in the kitchen new counters, a stone fireplace in the living room breakfast room, hardwood flooring throughout a dining room and a master with another fire place. the second residence is a cottage with a car port a screened porch and its own vineyard built in 2007. the third residence is in the state of the art Barn which has a lab, 5 immaculate stalls and a condo built in 2007.
This spectacular park like setting has underground utilities, a large pond with a pier and a dock a Koi pond ,the main vineyard planted in 2000 has 1700 vines of Chardonnay, Cab Sav, and Dornfelder, producing between 8 to 9 tons of grapes also on this farm are fruit and nut trees making this a very sustainable farm. The white vinyl three clad fencing just ads to the ambience as well as the run-in for the horses in the pastures.
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