North Carolina Muscadine Vines & Wines

North Carolina Muscadine Vines & WinesOf all the grapes grown in North Carolina, the Muscadine is perhaps the most closely tied to  North Carolina culture and its history. Given the grape’s substantial nutritional value as a low-calorie, low-fat source of fiber and certain vitamins and a strong preference among many Carolinians for sweeter, more fruity wines – although there are some Muscadine wines that are actually quite dry – it’s no wonder the wines are growing in popularity both in-state and nationwide.

An Underestimated Grape

Indigenous to the southeastern U.S. and often referred to as our nation’s very first cultivated grape, the Muscadine was first grown by Native Americans and provided to early colonists over 400 years ago both as a source of food and a source of blue dye. Sir Walter Raleigh himself, as he explored the Carolinas in the late 1500s, commented on the abundance of the grape growing on Roanoke Island. Although Roanoke’s oldest living vine, the “mother vine” – a Scuppernong varietal – did not take root until years after his visit, the 400-year old vine is a testament to the hardiness of the variety in North Carolina.

Not many people  realize that in the early 19th century North Carolina was one of our nation’s top wine producers. At that time, Muscadine grapes accounted for almost 100% of wine production in the state. Tyrell County’s mid-18th century “Big White Grape” cultivar – a cultivar being a vine that has been produced through a selective breeding process – was North Carolina’s first official Muscadine, which eventually came to be known as the Scuppernong. Today, large wineries such as Duplin – by far the largest Muscadine winery in the world – and  others like Childress, Cauble Creek and Shelton vineyards produce a variety of delicious wines out of the Scuppernong cultivar.  

Sun and Soil

Instantly recognized by its very tough skin and the size of its fruit – a fully mature grape sometimes measures up to 1-1/2” in diameter – the Muscadine is also characterized by very distinct rough-edged, fairly small leaves on its vines. A Muscadine plant is best grown in an area of rich, sandy, organic soil with good drainage, 6-8 hours of sunlight per day, and enough room to easily spread out on a trellis or other vertical support. Pollinator plants, or those with so-called “perfect flowers” (with both male and female flower parts) are used to pollinate vines with “imperfect flowers” (those with female parts only) around them; when planting these vines, it’s important to carefully space them out so that pollination can easily take place.

North Carolina’s Top Varieties

North Carolina Muscadine Vines & Wines for saleMuscadine grapes can broadly be broken down into white or bronze cultivars, and red ones. Interestingly, although there are as many as 50 varieties in existence, only a handful are used in the production of wine. Wines produced by both red and white grapes tend to be fruity and medium-bodied with high levels of acidity.

The vast majority of grapes grown in our state are of the bronze variety: specifically, the Carlos cultivar. This cold-tolerant, vigorous and low-maintenance vine produces grapes that are used mainly in the production of wine and juice but are also fresh consumed. The legendary Scuppernong, named after the Scuppernong River, thrives in moderate coastal climates throughout the south and produces not only fruity, delicate wines but wonderful  jams, jellies and preserves, too.  

The most common red Muscadine grape, the Noble, also used in both wine and juice production, is another variety that is extremely hearty, productive, and disease resistant. The Noble grape, however, is not suitable for fresh consumption due to its “wet scar” – a mark on the fruit occurring as the grape falls from the wine, sometimes allowing mold to develop inside the fruit. For this reason, this grape needs to be more quickly processed than other varieties with “dry scars” where the fruit separates from the vine.  

Pick-Your-Own Muscadines

Several farms throughout North Carolina allow visitors to pick their own Muscadine grapes in the fall.


9409 Baker Rd., Zebulon, NC 27597

An organic grower of the Scuppernong varietal; also a “century farm,” or a farm that has been run for over 100 years by the same family. Open for U-pick in September/October.


6516 Whitney Road, Graham, NC 27253

An organic Haw River Valley farm also open for picking in September/October. The vineyard also sells Scuppernong and Muscadine products like jams, jellies and grape “must” – juice and crushed grapes used by small-scale wine makers in the production of wine.


915 Thomas Rd., Sanford, NC 27330

Pick-your-own muscadines, including Carlos and Noble varietals. Open during harvest season.


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365 Acre Legacy Family Farm in Broadway

LIVE THE DREAM ON THIS LARGE 365 +/- ACRE LEGACY FAMILY FARM! Enjoy Open Pastures, Vista’s, Multiple Ponds and Outstanding Views Throughout! Charming Farm House Renovated in 2013! Multiple Barns, Shop, Outbuildings, Greenhouse, and Storage. Multiple Wells and Septic Systems and Plenty of Sites for Additional Homes. Family Owned for Decades and Presently Operated as a Cattle Farm. Conservation Easement in Place on 58 +/- acres to Protect Drains and Creeks. Gorgeous from Every View!

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Just Listed 815 Acres Land for Sale in Chatham County

Huge Timber Tract in Lower Chatham County on Roberts Chapel Road! This 815+/- Acre Parcel is Loaded with Timber and Has a Pasture, Pond and Field at the Front Perfect for a Home Site. Great Investment or use as A Recreational Farm. Great Road System, Rolling Hills and less than 10 Minutes to Goldston. Timber was Recently Thinned but Nice Stands of Pulp Wood and Chip & Saw Remain. $3,000,000

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Just Listed 638 Acres Land for Sale in Chatham County

This 638 Acres Tract is located in Southern Chatham County in the Goldston area. This massive tract has a great road system and recreational trail systems throughout.  There is ample road frontage on both Bonlee Carbonton Road and Goldston Glendon Road with the main access on Bonlee Carbonton Road. Several ridges and creeks provide nice features and the land has prime hunting and recreational opportunities. $2,750,000

The tract was just thinned and there is still merchantable timber and lots of timber for future timber harvest.

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North Carolina’s ‘Brown Gold’

NC Pine Trees LongstrawNorth Carolina’s longleaf pine – also known as the longstraw pine, North Carolina pitch pine, broom pine or turpentine pine – is, as its many names have indicated, one of the state’s most versatile and ancient trees. Although today the longleaf covers far fewer acres than it once did, it remains a vital component of our agricultural – rather, our aboricultural – landscape, both for its value as a timber-producer, but also as the provider of one of our most valued ground covers for commercial and residential landscaping: pine straw.

The North Carolina State Tree… Kind of

Although the official state tree is the pine tree – no specific kind of pine – ask any North Carolina native to point out the state tree and they are likely to show you a longleaf pine.  Native to a swath of land between the state’s coastal plain and the lower Piedmont region, the tall, straight-as-an-arrow evergreen is very distinctive in its size, shape and length of its needles, which can grow as long as 18 inches, in bunches of 3 or 4. Typically thriving for several centuries – not even reaching what is considered full maturity until it is at least 100-150 years old – the slow-growing tree is naturally fire-, insect- and disease-resistant with a scaly, thick bark covering a trunk that sometimes grows up to a yard in diameter. This tree that thrives in warm, wet climates with mild winters and hot summers naturally drops its lower branches as it gains height, ending up, at maturity, tall and straight and with new growth only toward the very top of the tree.

The longleaf pine creates a unique and valuable habitat for certain plants, but also for many wildlife and wild bird species: the gopher tortoise, deer, many species of frog and salamander, the southeastern fox squirrel (largest squirrel in the Southeast), quail, turkey, and various reptiles, for instance; and birds, too – the red-cockaded woodpecker (the only woodpecker in the world to excavate its own home inside a living tree), bluebirds, pine warblers and sparrows. 

Timber and Pine Straw

The timber of the longleaf pine is valuable because of the very straight boards it produces – perfect, for instance, for utility poles! – but the gift that the longleaf pine keeps on giving is certainly the pine needles it drops to the ground, every single fall. More valuable in the long run, therefore, than timber, which can only be harvested once, pine straw is the ‘brown gold’ of the longleaf pine. Farmers and other land-owners who are blessed to have a stand of longleaf pines on their property realize its value as a ground cover and they rake and bale it to sell to homeowners or landscapers as a type of mulch.  

Other parts of the tree are valuable as well. The longleaf’s cones – often growing up to 10 inches long – are the largest in the Southeast, and valuable for decorative purposes. The stump of a longleaf pine, due to its high resin content, does not deteriorate, and this leftover wood is sometimes sold as “fatwood,” or kindling for firepits, barbecues and wood stoves.

History of the Longleaf Pine in North Carolina

Hundreds of years ago, longleaf pine covered up to 90 million acres of land stretching from Texas to Virginia; today, that acreage is just a fraction of what it once was, at only around 3.4 million acres. Figuring much more prominently in the economic development of our state and region than most of us realize, it was cultivated in the 18-1900s for its supply of pine sap – used to manufacture turpentine, glue and other products that were critical for the shipbuilding industry – and over-harvested for its timber. Several devastating wildfires also helped to greatly diminish the amount of land devoted to the growth of longleaf pine. Following a time in the early 1900s when most remaining longleaf pines were in areas too wet or too dry for harvesting and the loblolly pine – a tree easier to grow and to harvest – replaced the longleaf in many aspects, a period of restoration began. Today, although strides have been made in the restoration of longleaf pine timber lands, it is still estimated that only around 3% of the original longleaf forest remains in the South.

The Restoration of the Longleaf Pine

Many organizations work toward restoration of this tree, including the North Carolina Sandhills Conservation partnership. Created two decades ago, the NCSCP is led by a leadership committee of local stakeholders – the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Division of Parks & Recreation, Sandhills Ecological Institute, Longleaf Alliance and many more – who are focused on enhancing and restoring growth of the longleaf pine and its unique ecosystem.

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Summer Fun in the Piedmont

Summer Fun in the TriangleWhile some annual events in our area might have been cancelled or scaled back this summer due to the ongoing (but improving) Covid situation, there are still plenty of opportunities to get out of the house for some fun – and safe – outdoor activities.

July 4th Celebrations

Cary’s traditional Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park includes a fishing tournament, parade, donut eating and watermelon seed spitting competitions, and a free NC Symphony Independence Day concert with fireworks at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Raleighs Independence Day celebration is indeed spectacular, with massive displays at the PNC Arena, Carter-Finlay Stadium, and NC State Fairgrounds, as well as a 4th of July event on the grounds of the State Capitol and a fun street party downtown.

Wilmington’s Waterfront Park is the place to be for an unforgettable 4th of July fireworks display deployed from a barge in the middle of the Cape Fear River, just a short distance from the USS North Carolina. Although this year the historic downtown area will not be hosting the traditional food vendors and entertainers of years past, the city’s fireworks are typically some of the state’s most impressive.

Free tickets need to be reserved in advance for Durham’s 4th of July Laser Light Show at Durham County Memorial Stadium. Attendees are allowed to watch from their cars or from chairs set up directly in front of their vehicles, in reserved parking spots. Food trucks will be on hand, and the fireworks themselves will get started immediately following the July 4th Durham Bulls baseball game. The game starts at 6pm; laser light show at 9pm.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament / Morehead City / June 11-20, 2021

Morehead City’s 63rd annual Big Rock event will feature several exciting sportfishing competitions in 2021 including a weeklong Blue Marlin fishing tournament, KWLA (Keli Wagner Lady Angler) ladies-only billfish tournament, and inaugural Big Rock Kids billfish tournament, a little later in the summer: July 14-17. Big Rock’s mission of promoting sportfishing and conservation, preserving the heritage of sportfishing, and promoting marine education in Carteret County has also included a tremendous amount of financial support to community-based nonprofit organizations. In 2020 alone, the tournament donated over $650,000 to local charities!

Summer Music & Outdoor Concert Series

Raleigh’s “The Best of North Hills – A Comeback Tour” is a celebration of the return of live Motown, oldies, beach music and R&B through mid-summer (May 27 – July 22), then on into autumn starting August 13. Tickets are $10 to these fun Thursday night musical events taking place at the Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park. 100% of proceeds are donated to local charities. 

Pittsboro’s Summer Music Series takes place each Saturday evening through June 26 at the Carolina Brewery (120 Lowes Drive, #100), with performers taking to the stage between 5:30 and 8pm. Some of this year’s most anticipated groups include New Orleans-style jazz musicians “New Orleans Masquerade,” and renowned blues performers “Robichaux, Reynolds and Rosebrock.” 

Asheboro holds its own Sunday evening free Summer Concert Series at Bicentennial Park throughout the summer: rhythm & blues, soul, beach music and more.

Traingle Musicians and Summer FunDowntown Raleigh’s “Noon Tunes at City Plaza” is a free concert series sponsored by the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts each Wednesday. Pack a sack lunch and enjoy some lively tunes, dancing and other live performances – including acts presented by the Carolina Ballet and NC Opera – between Noon and 1pm at City Plaza.

The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama / Manteo, NC / May 28 – Aug 21, 2021

Many people are unaware of the rich cultural history of Roanoke Island and the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, or the many activities and resources that are open to the public there. Besides very visitor-friendly art galleries, cafes and an aquarium, an outdoor theater at Roanoke Island’s Waterside Theatre hosts Monday-Saturday evening symphonic performances – The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama – depicting the story of the late 16th century English settlement that mysteriously disappeared between the year of settlement – 1587 – and the date on which English ships returned to the area with supplies, just three years later.  

Funds raised from The Lost Colony’s Wine, Beer & Culinary Festival, September 24-26, support this outdoor drama, which happens to be our nation’s longest-running outdoor production. Chefs and local restaurants will offer food samples and wine pairing events, while North Carolina vineyards will be on hand to introduce guests to several delicious regional wines.

Summer Festivals

Murfreesboro’s 36th Annual NC Watermelon Festival, Aug 4-7, 2021, promises four full days of rides, parades, races and more including the much-anticipated Little Farmer and Little Miss Farmer competitions and an autograph signing by the one and only NC Watermelon Queen! This is a true community-wide event, with several live local musical performances, home-cooked food and – of course – mountains of sweet, juicy watermelon.   

Cary’s popular Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival takes place in late summer – August 28/29 in 2021 – on Academy Street at Town Hall. Featuring scores of artists, food vendors and live musicians, the Festival welcomes thousands of visitors each year who are interested in dabbling in the culinary or visual arts, visiting local exhibits and galleries, or simply strolling the festival seeing what’s going on in the world of arts and crafts.

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0 Lawrence Road Wake Forest NC 27587

(UNDER CONTRACT)! BEAUTIFUL Heavily Wooded 37.5 Private Acres with Development Potential in Wake Forest! Awesome Trail System in Place with Mature Trees Everywhere! Slightly Rolling Terrain.

Great Location only minutes to Falls Lake and close to Raleigh. Build your Dream Home or Family Compound! No Soils Work in Place. Property is Accessible from Bluebell Lane. No Recent Survey. Call for details!! $656,250 or $17,500 per acre.

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Forest Moon Farms in Liberty

Wonderful Opportunity to Own an Income Producing Organic Produce Working Farm in Liberty! Live the North Carolina Dream on this Beautiful 16 +/- Acre Property! Large Stone Fireplace in Cabin Style Home w/ 2 Beds & 2 Baths. Fully Functional Produce Facility w/ Growing Tunnel, Barns, Sheds, Irrigation and More! Open Pasture for Horses or Cattle with 5 Stall Barn. Expand with Another Home Overlooking the Pond. Mini-House Conveys with Monthly Income and Consistent Bookings. Farm grossed about $30,000 last year part times!  $494,000, 7792 Hornady Trail in Liberty 

16.35 acres total with approx. 3 acres of established raised growing beds with good quality prepped, composted, and amended soil. All established growing beds have professionally installed irrigation where water is sourced from the property’s well and professional water storage tank system. Property contains a large approx. 1.5 acre stocked pond along with a walking/ riding trail. There is the main A-frame farmhouse in the middle of the property, and on the top of the property sits the Tiny House cabin. There are several barns and storage sheds for varying purposes. 2 of the barns contains stables. There is a partial fence in place around the main growing area and upper pasture area. The farm is located strategically 30 mins from both Greensboro and from Chapel Hill, which offer opportunities for many marketing outlets in high customer demand areas. Property can be sold as complete business with LLC status established with the state of North Carolina with all legal documents in place.

Established farm with functional produce facilities, 2 BR/2BA modern farmhouse, and farm-stay B&B operation conveys. Farm sale includes existing agritourism/farm-stay operation featuring the farm’s log-cabin style Tiny House (on wheels); established Air BNB account along with “Super Host” status and 4.9/5.0 guest rating. AirBnB operation currently has consistent high demand and grosses ~$10K in annual revenue. Huge potential for expansion, especially around the pond. Mentoring available, if desired.

Equipment & infrastructure

  • Barn
  • Fencing
  • Well / Pond / Other water source
  • Greenhouse
  • Livestock facilities
  • Farmer housing
  • Farm equipment
  • Processing facilities
  • Irrigation equipment
  • Cold storage (cooler/freezer)

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Farm facilities including: two barns, stables, harvest/wash station with “greens bubbler” and greens drying equipment, 8’x10’x20′ walk-in cooler, seed starting shed that transitions to garlic drying shed, and new 30×70 high tunnel. Professional irrigation system consists of 5000 gallon storage water storage tanks, pump, and drip irrigation. Currently setup for produce operations but could easily accommodate poultry or small livestock operations. 16 acres including stocked pond, camp-fire rings, and walking/riding trails.

Current production on farm

  • Hay or pasture
  • Herbs
  • Orchard
  • Vegetable production

Current production on farm – more info

Small produce/berry operation for several local farmers markets and restaurants. Land owners are exiting farming due to career advancement in off-farm employment. The main farmhouse is located down the hill about 200 yards from the top of the farm property.

Current and past farming practices

  • Ecological production but not certified

Current and past farming practices – more info

We are passionate about natural growing. Although not currently certified, We’ve used all-natural and organic (OMRI approved) amendments from the start. Our raised beds have been heavily composted and cover cropped on a regular basis.

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Hurdle Mills Farm for Sale on 20 Acres

9710 Tapp Road in Hurdle Mills

(UNDER CONTRACT) $329,500! This Secluded, Private Farm on nearly 20 Acres is the Perfect Getaway! The Well Maintained Manufactured Home Has 4 Bedrooms / 3 Baths + A Huge Attached Garage w/ Large Unfinished Room Above that Offers Flexibility if you need More Room. The Land has 20+/- Acres Ideal For Gardens, Horse Pastures or Recreation. Small Pond can be Expanded. Master Suite + 3 Additional Bedrooms. Family Room Off Kitchen, New Carpet. Screened Porch & Large Deck Overlook the Fields & Wooded Areas. A Nature Lovers Dream! 9710 Tapp Road Hurdle Mills NC 27541

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Grace Cove Lane Sold in Wake Forest NC

Grace Cove Estate at Falls Lake

(SOLD) Exquisitely Designed Grace Cove Estate Home on 30 plus private acres adjoining Falls Lake! Heavily wooded, gated, paved drive, 8000+ square feet, pool and more! $2,395,000

Two story foyer at custom marble-tiled entryThis exceptional property is located just minutes from Falls Lake and close to both Raleigh and Durham. Built in 2008, the custom five bedroom, seven full bath home offers all of the amenities including an open floor plan, HUGE kitchen, first floor master, four car garage with bathroom, a two car garage/workshop downstairs, outdoor porches and patios, pool, custom waterfall and Koi pond, and attentive landscaping throughout.

Interiors feature ten foot ceilings on the first floor with five piece crown molding, heated floors, domed stained glass, a two story foyer with custom marble, arched doorways, elevator, extensive custom mill work, custom wrought iron, heart of pine floors, granite vanities, an extensive security system and so much more. Over 1,200 sq. ft. of unfinished space and storage! Poolside covered entertainment area

The quartz counter tops in the kitchen are matched with stainless steel appliances and Sub Zero freezer. There are two fireplaces with wood stove in the library along with wormy chestnut paneling, and please remember the home gym and craft room.

The first floor master suite is spacious with extra sitting room, onyx vanity tops, large garden bath with heated jacuzzi tub, separate walk-in steam shower, and extra large his & her closets, both completely cedar lined.

The well-landscaped exterior include two private automatic gates, paved drive, 5000′ of galvanized fencing, two wells with water filtration system, all on 30 plus acres! Call brokers Frank Gombatz (919)-696-4249 or Gardner Reynolds (919)-749-3177 for details.



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