RayLen Added to NC Museum of History


The Museum of History will accept the wine, along with several other "Made in North Carolina"
products, at a ceremony on Thursday, January 20, 2011, at noon in Room 3002 of Engineering Building
II, 890 Oval Drive, Centennial Campus, Raleigh.  Ken Howard, Director of the North Carolina Museum
of History, and Dr. Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff, Executive Director of the Industrial Extension Service, will
preside over the ceremony.

RayLen Vineyards originally presented their Carolinius Jeroboam wine as one of the feature items during
the "Manufacturing Makes It Real" Tour (http://mfgmakesitreal.ies.ncsu.edu/tour/), a week-long
celebration of the high quality and competitive spirit of North Carolina manufacturers.  A busload of
business and political leaders traveled to a dozen different stops along an 1100-mile route around the
state, and collected North Carolina products for display in a specially-outfitted tractor-trailer. The entire
collection of products was symbolically presented to State Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco at the
final rally, and now over a dozen of the items will be donated to the North Carolina Museum of History.

One of the items to be donated -- a miniature millstone made by Meadows Mill of North Wilkesboro -- is
slated to become part of a major new teaching exhibit:  a 20,000-square-foot interactive display that will
explore North Carolina history from prehistory through the late 20th century.  The chronological history
exhibition is scheduled to open in two phases, beginning in April 2011.  The other items being presented,
including the wine from RayLen Vineyards, will be catalogued and reserved for upcoming exhibits.

The North Carolina Museum of History (http://www.ncmuseumofhistory.org/) celebrates North Carolina's
past, present, and future by collecting and preserving artifacts and other materials relating to our state's
history and heritage, and provides a place to explore, learn, and enjoy programs, events, and exhibitions.  
RoAnn Bishop, museum Curator of Agriculture, Industry & Economic Life, said "We appreciate the
Industrial Extension Service involving the museum in this project and graciously allowing us 'first-choice'
of these NC-made products.  We look forward to adding them to the museum's artifact collection."

The Industrial Extension Service (http://www.ies.ncsu.edu/) helps new businesses grow and good
businesses get better as the outreach function of NC State University's College of Engineering.  For 55
years, IES has been delivering results in quality, productivity, safety, environmental protection,
sustainability, and top-line growth.   

By having their products in the museum's collection, RayLen Vineyards and the other donors will
represent North Carolina's 10,000 manufacturers and their 500,000 employees.  Manufacturing is the
largest single contributor to the state economy, and North Carolina is the 9th largest manufacturing state
in the country.  North Carolina companies manufacture everything from consumer goods to industrial
vehicles, from microelectronics to jet engines.

The North Carolina Museum of History is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of
Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
(http://www.ncculture.com).   

RayLen Vineyards & Winery was established in 2000 by Joe & Joyce Neely.  Forty acres of the 110 acres
of a former dairy farm were cultivated with 35,000 European varietal grape vines.  Premiere vintner Steve
Shepard produces 14 estate-grown wines including Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Viognier, Riesling, Shiraz,
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and several proprietor blends such as Yadkin Gold,
Carolinius, and the pre-eminent Category 5 Cabernet blend.  RayLen Vineyards & Winery is open
Monday through Saturday from 11 am - 6 pm for tours and tastings.


Contact:
Karyn L. Howard
RayLen Vineyards & Winery
3577 US Hwy 158
Mocksville, NC  27028
336-998-311
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www.raylenvineyards.com 

Susan Friday Lamb
NC Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
919-807-7900
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Gray Rinehart
NCSU-Industrial Ext. Service
Campus Box 7902
Raleigh, NC  27695-7902
919-513-1542
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