Giorgio’s Italian Restaurant in Elizabethtown was presented with a copy of a proclamation by Gov. Pat McCrory declaring September as Wine and Grape Month in recognition of the fact his restaurant sells locally produced wines. Karla Ward presented the proclamation to Giorgio’s owner Giorgio Boussias on behalf of the Governor.
“It recognizes the official proclamation of NC Wine and Grape month and those restauranteurs who locally support the NC wine and grape industry in their establishments,” said Ward.
Bousssias said he was honored by the recognition. “I’m just really proud to feature the local wines and support the local businesses in our state,” said Boussias.
He said as soon as the restaurant moved into the current building it is housed in, Denise Bridgers with Lu Mil Vineyard stopped by and inquired about him selling Lu Mil wines. Boussias said that representatives with Prince Johnson Winery in Clarkton also stopped by the restaurant and inquired about having their product offered as well.
The month of September is set aside to recognize and celebrate the states $1.7 billion wine and grade industry.
Ron Taylor, owner of Lu Mil Vineyard was appointed by North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler to serve on the board of the North Carolina Wine and Grape Council which promotes the grape and wine industry. Taylor encourages consumers to visit local wineries during the month of September.
“There are more than 180 wineries in North Carolina, and each location is as unique as the wines it offers”, said Whit Winslow, Executive Director of the N.C. Wine and Grape Council. “One of the best ways to experience North Carolina wineries is by visiting them in person with family and friends.” Wineries and vineyards will offer a variety of special events in September.
Lu Mil Vineyard will mark the month by offering U-pick grapes, free wine tastings, alcohol free tastings, farm tours, educational opportunities and more! Don’t forget the annual NC Grape Festival held at Lu Mil Vineyard on Oct. 8.