The Southeastern Agritourism Association hosted the 2011 Fall Agritourism Tour in Johnston County on October 19th.  The group of 30 members were hosted by Amie Newsome, NC Cooperative Extension Agent in Johnston County.

The day included a visit to a local farm where they were given a tour and explained the educational events hosted year-round on the family farm.  Following this first stop the group traveled to Gregory Winery for wine-tastings and presentations by the two wineries on the Beer, Wine and Shine Trail, and the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.  Each winery spoke on the history of their farm and winery, what events and festivals they host, and the benefits of the newly formed wine trail.

Following the lunch the group visited Smith's Nursery and Boyette Farm, home to the Clayton Fear Farm and Lights on the Neuse events.

The Johnston County Visitors Bureau has supported and actively pursued development of Agritourism Venues in the county to help preserve our heritage and sustain family farms by finding new revenue sources like corn mazes, special events, and now wineries.  Boyette Farms most likely will become the fourth winery in the county to open for business in the next 12 months.

For more information on agritourism venues in Johnston County, visit our website link.