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Image of the Tokay vineyard, near Fayetteville, North Carolina from 1883


The Tokay vineyard image featured in this post was believed “to be the largest single vineyard this side of the Rocky Mountains” according to quotation from”The Wine and Fruit Grower” published in February 1883.  This image is sourced from a  “Tokay vineyard” pamphlet which is promotion material comprised of articles and letters.  This pamphlet even contains an extract from a United States Consular Report describing the exportation of adulterated French wine.  Clearly it would be better to drink this wine from North Carolina rather than the “poisonous” imported French wine.

Tokay vineyard, near Fayetteville, N.C. 1883.

Tokay vineyard, near Fayetteville, N.C. 1883.

The Tokay vineyard was planted with American varieties including Scuppernong, Norton, Cynthiana, Hermann, Martha, Delaware, Cottages, Telegraph, and others.  From these 60 acres of vines some 25,000 gallons of wine were produced from the 1882 harvest.  It was hoped that the 1883 harvest would yield 40,000 gallons.  There was a variety of dry, sweet, white, and red wines produced.  Of this selection, not only would the Old Brown Sherry do “credit to any gentleman’s sideboard and private cellar” but the wine was “highly esteemed by the medical profession” and often prescribed in “certain kidney ailments”.  Sounds like a great reason to have a glass of wine!

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[1] Green, W. J. Tokay Vineyard, near Fayetteville, N.C.: with essay on grape-culture by the proprietor. 1883. URL: http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/009599786

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