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Carolina Wildflower wine.
Carolina Wildflower wine.

Hinnant Vineyards wins top prize

The N.C. State recently named the winners in its 2014 wine competition, and for the first time, a muscadine wine earned top honors in the contest.

Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level won over the panel of judges with Carolina Wildflower, its semi-sweet wine made from muscadine grapes grown in North Carolina.

The competition awards two top prizes, the N.C. Winegrowers Cup for overall best in show and the N.C. Muscadine Cup for the best muscadine wine. This is the first time in the competition’s history that both cups have gone to a muscadine wine.

“Traditionally, a vinifera wine has taken top honors in the competition and received the Winegrowers Cup,” said Whit Winslow, wine-marketing specialist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “Hinnant’s Carolina Wildflower is a great example of the quality and variety of wines now available in North Carolina.”

This year’s competition featured 437 entries from both commercial and amateur winemakers across the state.

Winners from the wine competition are on display through Oct. 26 in the Education Building at the State Fair. Visitors can learn more about the state’s wine and grape industry at the N.C. Muscadine Growers Association display inside the Got to Be NC tent in front of the Scott Building. North Carolina wine is available for sample and purchase at the Got to Be NC Wine and Craft Beer exhibit in the Hunt Horse Arena outside Gate 8.