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Westbend Vineyards Editorial: Closing of pioneering winery will leave a void

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Posted: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:30 pm

Jack Kroustalis, founder of Lewisville’s innovative Westbend Vineyards, was ridiculed when he began planting non-native traditional European grapes in Yadkin Valley in the 1970s. Viticulturists said non-native grapes would not grow in soil that had largely produced tobacco for generations.

Today, more than 100 wineries in North Carolina make some or all of their wines with European grapes, many with distinction. And in 2003, the Yadkin Valley became the state’s first federally designated American Viticultural Area (AVA).

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