“Fancy Portrait” Cartoon of Phylloxerra Blight from Punch, September 6, 1890, Robarts Library, University of Toronto.
A STATE OF WINE
The Aventine Wine Bar
25 Page Ave #102
This exhibit, located at the aventine wine bar, introduces visitors to the history of wine in North Carolina. Regular wine production did not take place in North Carolina until the late 1770s. The growth and use of native grape species in North Carolina proved prosperous. Winemakers in North Carolina experimented with new techniques and began grafting local and European vines in order to create hybrids. In the 1820s and 1830s, the government of North Carolina tried to support winegrowers by distributing vines and granting land to individuals for grape cultivation. Medoc Vineyard was founded in 1835 in Halifax County, one of the first commercial wineries in the country. By the mid-19th century, North Carolina was one of the leading wine producers in the country.