YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. -- Late summer to early fall is a busy time for North Carolina wineries. At Laurel Gray Vineyards in Yadkin County, workers like Ryan Keaton are turning grapes into wine.
Any given season the winery may see three or four chardonnays and three or four merlots.
To make that much wine, Keaton and fellow co-worker George Butler will work from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
Keaton and Butler are applying what they learned at Surry Community College's Viticulture and Enology program. Vineyard owner Ben Myers is grateful to have the students help and knowledge.
In North Carolina the wine and grape industry brings in over one billion dollars and employs over seven thousand people. Myers feels its people like Keaton and Butler that will keep the state's wine industry fruitful.