NCWA Annual Conference 2018




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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

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery

Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini Vineyards was established in 2002 and is nestled in the hills near the Yadkin River and the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of about 1200 feet. Raffaldini is the first winery in NC to work exclusively with Italian grape varietals and produces Italian style wines rich with tradition. They were also the lead petitioner in the formation of the Swan Creek AVA.

Hours: Hours: Mon,Wed.--Sat.11 am--5 pm; Sun. 12--5 pm (closed Tue), year round

Owners: The Raffaldini Family

Wines or Grapes: Wine List: Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Bella Misto (Red Blend), Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Sangiovese Riserva, La Dolce Vita (lightly carbonated, lightly sweet white wine)