September is North Carolina Wine and Grape Month
MARSHALL, NC August 30, 2014 – As a part of this celebration, the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association (NCMGA) has several events and educational opportunities planned.
On Friday, September 5, 2014, NCMGA will participate in the Grape Day at the North Carolina Farmers Market in Raleigh. During this time, North Carolina Vineyard owners and muscadine experts will be on hand to provide visitors to the Farmers Market samples of muscadines and muscadine products. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the different types of grapes grown throughout North Carolina. There are over 30 different Muscadine grape varietals grown in North Carolina.
The North Carolina Mountain State Fair begins on September 5 and ends on September 14. The Mountain State Fair is located in Fletcher, North Carolina. The North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh begins on October 16 and October 26. NCMGA members will be at this fair the entire time. Visitors to both fairs will have the opportunity to sample and purchase a muscadine grapes and muscadine grape products. In addition to these opportunities, at the North Carolina State Fair several muscadine grape wineries will be on hand to sample and sell their North Carolina wines.
Locations of Events:
North Carolina Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603
North Carolina Mountain State Fair
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, NC 28732
North Carolina State Fair
1025 Blue Ridge Blvd
Raleigh NC 27607
About the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association, Inc. (NCMGA)
NCMGA was established on August 17, 1973. The purposes for which the non-profit organization was originally organized remain the same:
To promote educational research for the purpose of discovering and developing better, or new varieties, methods of production, packing, handling, storing, processing, marketing, and disease control.
To promote through advertising, service work, merchandising, tours, and other means the consumption of grapes and grape products and the use by producers of better nursery stock.
To promote efficient production, pacing, handling, storing, processing and marketing of grapes and grape products and to secure and distribute to its members, information and trends relative to the operation and management of the grape business.
The grape and wine industry in North Carolina is flourishing! Muscadine wine now represents a significant proportion of wine sales in the state. The industry now includes over 1,000 acres of muscadine grapes, with the prospect of more acreage being added each year as formerly used tobacco land converts to vineyards. A number of successful, established wineries, and several brand new or developing wineries specializing in muscadine wine can be found throughout all regions of North Carolina. In addition, at least two businesses have been created based on production and marketing of “nutraceuticals” or health-oriented muscadine products.
Today, the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association (NCMGA) is proud to represent a small but active group of producers, processors, and marketers. The NCMGA hosts an annual meeting/trade show and vineyard/winery tour that brings individuals together from across the state who have interest or investment in the NC muscadine industry.
About the NC Wine Industry
- North Carolina is home to more than 110 wineries. The number of wineries has more than quadrupled since 2001. The industry has two focuses – native muscadine grapes and European-style vinifera grapes.
- Commonly planted vinifera grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. They are planted in the Western and Piedmont regions of the state.
- Plantings of native muscadine grapes, also known as Scuppernongs, are relatively pest resistant and thrive in the hot sandy conditions of the Coastal region. Muscadines contain high levels of Resveratrol and other health-enhancing antioxidants. Some wineries even sell grape skins to nutraceutical companies.