Sip, stomp and celebrate during NC Wine Month


Home to nearly 186 wineries, North Carolina celebrates its vibrant wine and grape industry each year by recognizing September as N.C. Wine and Grape Month. It’s a time when vineyards and wineries host harvest festivals, grape stomps, special tasting tours, dinners and more.

So, get ready to sip, stomp and celebrate at these upcoming events:

Friday, Sept. 15 – Grape Stomp Harvest Party at Childress Vineyards (Lexington)
Admission includes a souvenir wine glass and participation in the grape stomp. There will be live music and food. Must be 21 or up to attend. $20

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Annual Grape Stomp at Adams Vineyards (Willow Spring) 
Features stomping competitions, “I Love Lucy” look-alike contest, music, pick-your-own grapes and more. Admission is free. Grape stomp, raffle and game ticket prices vary

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Festa Italiana at Raffaldini Vineyards (Ronda)
Admission includes a glass or three-wine flight, souvenir wine glass and parking. There will be food trucks, live music and marketplace. $20

Saturday, Sept. 16 – Grape Stomping Harvest Festival at Treehouse Vineyards (Monroe)
Wine tastings, Lucy look-alike competition, grape stomp, tours, music and more. $10 in advance/$12 at the gate

Sept. 16 – 17 – Grape Stomp Festival at Linville Falls Winery (Linville Falls)
Grape stomp, live music and food truck. Free admission

Sunday, Sept. 17 – Stop, Sip, Savor Bacon Wine Hop
Participating wineries: Belle Nicho Winery, Lake James Cellars, Silver Fork Winery, South Creek Winery
Each winery will have an appetizer bite of bacon and wine pairing. $25 in advance/$30 day of

Saturday, Sept. 23 – Crabdaddy Seafood & Wine Festival at Sanctuary Vineyards (Jarvisburg)
Admission includes all you can eat steamed crabs and sides, local wines and beers and souvenir glass. $40

Saturday, Sept. 23 – Harvest Festival at RagApple Lassie Vineyards (Boonville)
Features live music, tastings, grape stomp, food and more. $15

Saturday, Sept. 23 – Harvest Fiesta at Chestnut Trail Vineyard (Mocksville)
Family-friendly event with kids’ activities, marketplace, live music, food and more. $12 in advance/$17 day of (for ages over 16)

Sept. 29 – 30 – North Carolina Muscadine Festival (Kenansville)
Two-day event featuring over 250 wines, music, arts and crafts and more. $8 in advance/$10 at the gate on Friday; $20/$25 on Saturday. Children 5 and under admitted free

Saturday, Sept. 30 – The Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival (Manteo)
Wine and beer tasting, food and music. $50

Also, the Biltmore Estate Winery, the most-visited winery in the U.S., will offer complimentary tastings every day through Oct. 31 (included with admission to the estate). Click here for more info. 

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