NCWA Annual Conference 2018




Buy or Sell

  • Wanted To Buy - Grapes

    Looking for locally grown Semillon and/or Muscadelle grapes.
    Contact Max at Grove Winery.
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  • Bulk Wine Available

    Bulk Wine Available

    Bulk NC grown Malbec from award-winning vineyard. Both 2015 & 2016 vintages available as either bulk ($15 per gallon) or shiners.


    Max Lloyd
    Grove Winery
    7360 Brooks Bridge RdRead More +

  • 2017 Petit Verdot

    2017 Petit Verdot

     We will have approximately 2 Tons of 2017 Petit Verdot available.Last year we harvested mid-September at 23.5 BrixWould be willing to trade for Cab. Franc or Chardonnay

    Price: $1600

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Welcome to NCWA

NCWA History

North Carolina has been a winemaking state for much of its history. Yet, it was not until the early 1970s that organizations began forming to collectively support those who had an interest in growing grapes and making wine in North Carolina. The muscadine grape growers were the first and formed what is today the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Growers Association. Yet, since the early 1980's it has been the interest in growing vinifera, or European style bunch grapes, which has led to a major shift toward making European style wines here in North Carolina.

The Piedmont Grape Grower's Association was the first group to champion vinifera grapes in North Carolina and this organization formed the core of what is known today as the North Carolina Winegrower's Association. The North Carolina Winegrower's Association was formed in 1993, primarily through the efforts of people like Steve Shepard, then at Westbend Vineyards and Earl Mitchell, Professor of Physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The focus of the group was then, and remains today, the open interchange of information among both professional and amateur winemakers, with a focus on education, research, and professional development.

More about the NCWA

We are incorporated in the state of North Carolina as a non-profit with the goal of assisting our members grow better grapes, craft better wine and market the final product more effectively. Current membership of the NCWA is nearly 200 individuals.

The NCWA has a nine-member Board of Directors made up of volunteer members elected to the Board for two-year terms. There is one paid position, that of Administrative Coordinator. For details, click here for the NCWA ByLaws.

Our primary mission is Membership Education. We also work to foster cooperation between member wineries and vineyards in an effort to increase the knowledge base of all our members. And finally, we work as an advocate to support the needs of our industry in Raleigh.

The NCWA accomplishes its mission utilizing the following methods:

• Seminars and workshops
• Vineyard and winery visits
• Supplier presentations
• Annual Meeting
• Industry-specific articles
• Informal meetings

For more information on our organization, please contact our Administrator.

Select Wineries/Vineyards

MenaRick Vineyard & Winery

 menarick vineyard

MenaRick Vineyard and Winery is a family owned vineyard and winery located on 40 acres nestled in the foothills of the Yadkin Valley. We are a unique Yadkin Valley vineyard and winery specializing in Spanish and Portuguese varietals. We currently have 8 acres of vines planted, including Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Albariño, Grenacha, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional.

The MenaRick story started in 2006 with the purchase of the property in Ronda, NC—but our winemaking journeys started in California where Rick grew up and Mena in Portugal growing up around her family’s vineyards. MenaRick is built from traditions and cultural experiences we had during our travels around the world. After planting our first 3.5 acres of vines in 2008, we started planning and designing the winery and tasting room. Rick’s years of building homes and doing construction was well-utilized in the new building which houses the winery and tasting room.

We invite you to come, relax and enjoy the view from our vineyard, have a glass of wine (or bottle) and bring a picnic! Also, let MenaRick Vineyard and Winery host your intimate wedding, family and corporate events. Bem Vindo! Bienvendido! Welcome!

328 Luffman Rd.
Ronda, NC 28670
Tel - 336-328-7038 
Fax -

Hours: Thursday - Sunday 12:00-6:00pm

Owners: Rick and Filomena Wampler
Wines or Grapes: Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Albariño, Grenacha, Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional,