The wine business in North Carolina is growing quickly. Sales are skyrocketing and have eclipsed the state's better-known craft beer industry--not a big surprise if you know that North Carolina was a major wine producing state before prohibition. The state is trying hard to retrieve its former status, and Elizabeth Dover '07 is a major player in the game. She's founder and winemaker at Dover Vineyard and assistant winemaker at RayLen Vineyards.
Having come from a family familiar with agriculture, Dover knew early on that the office work life wasn't for her, so she founded Dover Vineyard in Concord on land gifted to her by her grandmother. The vineyard's first vines, planted in 2009, have produced two wines: 2012 Chambourcin and 2013 Chambourcin. On Charlotte Talks, Dover discusses the nature of the wine industry in North Carolina and her passion for wine-making.