When it comes to muscadine grapes, some people enjoy them for their health benefits, some people just enjoy their unique taste, and some people love the wine potential, but whatever the reason, picking muscadines is an incredibly popular activity around the Southern United States, especially in North Carolina.
Around August or September is usually when Muscadine grapes are ripe for the picking, and not long after, you'll see them pop up in farmer's markets, roadside stands, grocery stores, and other locations not only in the south but across the whole of America. However, there are also plenty of places to pick your own to get the best fresh-off-the-vine grapes you can find.
Listed below are just a few locations to get started, a sampling of some of what the state has to offer for tourists, visitors, and residents alike. Please note that while not all vineyards are included on this list, it should contain a decent sampling of places you can go no matter which part of the state... you're visiting.
Additionally, most of these sites offer other fresh fruits and vegetables, and several even have other "pick your own" foods.
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Western North Carolina Vineyards
Although the mountainous regions of western North Carolina aren't the most ideal for grape-growing year-round, August and early September are prime months to visit this part of the state if you're planning on picking your own fruits and vegetables.
Listed below are the top destinations in the westernmost portion of the state—within an hour or two drive of Asheville—that offer visitors a chance to pick muscadine grapes:
- Brad's Blueberries: 3108 Old Hwy 421, Yadkinville, NC 27005
- Lockman's Muscadine Vineyard: 4590 Orchard Road, Iron Station, NC 28080
- Rocky Ridge Vineyard: 63 Ben Eller Lane, Taylorsville, NC 28681
- Maple Springs Farms: 906 Dallas-Stanley Highway #275, Dallas, NC 28034
- Kildeer Farms: 300 Goforth Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086
Be sure to visit each farm and vineyards' linked website for up-to-date information regarding hours of operation, pricing for pick-your-own grapes, and seasonal closures before you travel as many of these farms are relatively remote.
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Piedmont and Central North Carolina Vineyards
The Piedmont Triad (or the Triad) is a region of central North Carolina geographically located on a plateau that stretches all the way down the Eastern United States from New Jersey down to Alabama. Located between the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Appalachian Mountains, this area provides perfect conditions and nutrient-rich soil for grape production, meaning there are plenty of opportunities for you to pick your own if you're visiting this part of the state.
Although there are numerous farms and vineyards in this region, consider visiting some of these if you're looking for a place to pick your own muscadine grapes:
- Benjamin Vineyards: 6516 Whitney Road, Graham, NC 27253
- Chestnut Trail Farm: 640 Cedar Grove Church Road, Mocksville, NC 27028
- Sheffield Manor Muscadines: 431 Sheffield Farms Trail, Harmony, NC 28634
- Herndon Hill Farms: 7110 Massey Chapel Road, Durham, NC 27713
- Bruton Vineyard: 547 NC 211 Highway, Eagle Springs, NC 27242
- Chestnut Trail Farm: 640 Cedar Grove Church Road,... Mocksville, NC 27028
- Riverbirch Vineyards: 200 Will Tom Lane, Reidsville, NC 27320
As with vineyards and farms in western North Carolina, be sure to visit the associated websites for more information, and always phone ahead to make sure the farm is still open before you make the trek.
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Eastern Coastal North Carolina Vineyards
Due to its humid, warm climate, the eastern coastal region of North Carolina is great for muscadine grape crops, which means the area is full of vineyards and farms that carry these delicious fruits.
If you're planning a late summer vacation to the beach but want to stop by and pick your own muscadine grapes, consider stopping by one of these fine establishments:
- Auman Vineyards: 1300 Seventy-first School Road, Fayetteville, NC 28314
- J & F Vineyards: 10868 NC Highway 210 South, Roseboro, NC 28382
- Alex Gooden Vineyard: PO Box 1242, Elizabethtown, NC 28337
- Carter Farm's Vineyard: 11671 Hwy 701 North, Garland, NC 28441
- Sir Charles Vineyard: 3548 Wrye Branch Road, Newton Grove, NC 28366
- Almost-A-Farm: 5385 Autry Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27803
- Bannerman Vineyard: 2624 Stag Park Road, Burgaw, NC 28425