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High Country wineries form Boone Area Wine Trail

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BOONE, NC (AP) -- The mountains of northwestern North Carolina hope to become the Southeast's next hot destination for wine lovers.

The Watauga Tourism Development Authority has helped develop the Boone Area Wine Trail to attract more visitors to the high country vineyards around Boone and Banner Elk.

A former winemaking researcher at Appalachian State University, Richard Wolfe, says some high-level elevation locales are comparable with successful European viticulture climates.

The tourism authority's website includes an interactive map to steer visitors along a scenic route past the Grandfather Vineyard and Winery, the Banner Elk Winery and Inn and the 1861 Farmhouse Restaurant and Winery.

The wineries are producing a variety of wines, including Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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