A state-of-the-art research and educational viticulture center is opening its doors this week at Surry Community College in Dobson.
The Shelton-Badgett N.C. Center for Viticulture and Enology will hold its grand opening ceremony on Friday at 3 p.m. Among other special guests, Governor Bev Perdue will be in attendance to speak at the event.
The $5 million, 16,000-square-foot facility will embody SCC’s Viticulture and Enology program, which has trained many of the winemakers and vineyard managers who are working in the state’s thriving wine industry today.
The facility includes a bonded commercial winery and climate-controlled cellar, microbiology labs and a research library providing educational resources to over 90 wineries in the state, and a 3,800-square-foot assembly hall designed for events. The facility also houses innovative crushing, fermentation and barrel storage areas.