Fox grape (Vitis labrusca) thrives in North Carolina's piedmont and mountain regions. One variety of fox grape, the Catawba, was apparently first found along the banks of Cane Creek south of Swannanoa in Buncombe County. Catawba wine also became a popular antebellum spirit well outside the South, fortifying Harriet Beecher Stowe in her literary campaign against slavery.
Fox Grapes, Charlotte, NC. Image courtesy of flickr user J. Michael Raby. Available from http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmr-holdit/4206137534/ (accessed August 22, 2012).
1 January 2006 | Simpson, Bland