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Charlotte Area To Become Next Wine Country Contender
Could the Queen City become the next big destination for wine lovers? According to a Feb. 20 article from Bisnow Charlotte, a recent petition approval by Charlotte City Council will allow wineries to occupy the same urban and industrial zoning districts as breweries.
"There's obviously great interest in wineries or breweries or maybe a combination," said Mayor Vi Lyles in a statement to Bisnow Charlotte.
The petition was filed by Lindsay Dorrier, vice president of retail operations at Bold Rock Hard Cider.
City council member Dimple Ajmara told Bisnow Charlotte that she prepared herself for the vote by doing a lot of research on wineries and their economic impact.
"I hope the petitioner brings a lot more economic opportunities to our region," Ajmera was quoted as saying in the article. "So, no pressure there."
The zoning committee staff unanimously supported the proposition, noting that wineries have the potential to stimulate economic development while leaving a less intensive manufacturing footprint than breweries. The staff also added that wineries can provide tasting rooms, similar to breweries' tap rooms, to add a social layer to the fabric of the community.
In the meantime, Charlotte area residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of local wineries that are within a day's drive or less. North Carolina has grown into one of the most popular states for producing wines, so it's no surprise that there are around 86 wineries just within the Piedmont region!
If you're in the Charlotte area and would like to enjoy a winery experience nearby, consider checking out a few of the following:
Douglas Vineyards - Kannapolis
This family-owned winery opened its doors in April 2015, making it a relative newcomer to the North Carolina winery scene. Located in beautiful Kannapolis, Douglas Vineyards is only about a 40 minute drive north from Charlotte. They are open to the public on Fridays 12pm - 8pm, Saturdays 11am - 6pm and Sundays 1pm - 6pm.
Cougar Run Winery - Concord
At Cougar Run Winery in Concord, you'll find a variety of handcrafted wines and ciders, along with a selection of gourmet and specialty foods and gifts. Need a special gift for a special someone? The staff at Cougar Run can help you create a custom gift basket filled with their products -- you can pick out the items you want or just tell them your spending budget and they'll put it all together for you. Plus, if you're thinking about trying your hand out at making your own wine at home, you'll be glad to know Cougar Run Winery also offers a selection of winemaking supplies and kits for the at-home vintner.
Located in Concord, Cougar Run Winery is open Tues. 12pm - 6pm, Wed. - Sat. 10am - 6pm; and Sun. 10am - 5pm. The winery is only about a 30 minute drive from Charlotte, so it would make a great day trip for couples, girls' day out, birthday celebrations and more.
Dennis Vineyards Winery - Albermarle
Located only about an hour east of Charlotte, Dennis Vineyards Winery in Albermarle is a family-owned and operated winery that has been around since 1997. They offer a variety of sweet, dry, semi-dry and fruit/berry wines as well as a beautiful event facility, tasting room and wine club. You can even order their wine with custom labels -- perfect for an engagement, wedding, housewarming, graduation, birthday or corporate gifts!
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