North Carolina
North Carolina is among the ten top wine producing and grape growing states in America. Back in the 1850s and '60s, the signature wine was Scuppernong, made from the eponymous grape; the resulting wine was alcoholic and sweet. Today, however many of the leading international and hybrid grapes are planted here, made into the state's finest wines. There are currently four AVAs; the majority of these are situated in the rolling hillsides so typical of the state. The nearby mountains, rising as high as 6000 feet, help provide moderating conditions for local vines. While Muscadine - Scuppernong is a member of this family - is still widely planted, varieties such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Mourvedre as well as hybrids such as Chancellor, Niagara and Seyval Blanc have taken on more importance in the state's wine industry. (Wine/Appellations)