10. The first cultivated grape in the nation is the Scuppernong, which is the official fruit of the state of North Carolina. 9. The annual economic impact of the North Carolina wine and grape industry is $813 million with 5,700 workers employed. 8. Medoc Vineyard in the town of Brinkleyville in Halifax County was the first commercial winery established in North Carolina and led the country’s wine production in 1835.