The North Carolina Fine Wines Society was established in 2016 as a nonprofit with two goals. The first goal is to promote the quality of North Carolina Fine Wines (Vinifera & Hybrids). The second goal is to fund a scholarship for NC students, attending NC Colleges or Universities, pursuing careers in Enology, Viticulture, and wine related Hospitality and Agritourism programs. In 2017, we had success on both goals. We set the national standard for a statewide competition, and we awarded the first of many scholarships to come.
What are Fine Wines?
Fine Wines are those wines you would find in any restaurant around the world. Vinifera wines are commonly known as varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Common Hybrids are Traminette, Seyval Blanc, and Chambourcin that produce well structured wines.
NC Fine Wines Competition
100% North Carolina Grown & Vinified Grapes
Our judges have all received their certification of Level 3 Advanced Sommeliers
Wines are judged blind and mute
Judges tasting notes are provided back to vineyards confidentially
This is not a participatory medal competition.
We strongly believe that only through great education and feedback will North Carolina continue to grow their Fine Wines Industry. We have established a scholarship program with the Winston-Salem Foundation to help ensure that as we move forward, there will be a large pool of talented people working in the North Carolina wine industry. Click here to donate to our 501(c)(3) scholarship fund. 100% of your donation goes towards the fund, and company matches are encouraged.
Top 12 Wines making up the 2017 NC Fine Wines ShowCase. Awesome wines and great vineyards!
Riedel Crystal of America is one of our Sponsors, and they provided glasses for the competition and for our guests! Thanks!
Mountain Brook Vineyards in the Western Part of NC.
Cellar 4201 is a great place to visit. Their Chardonnays are great and the reds are killer too.
Grapes in the Vineyard. getting ready to be picked.
Tractor in the vineyard at Point Lookout in Hendersonville NC.