Rebecca WilliamsInside Appalachia Folkways Reporter
Valdese is a small town in North Carolina's Piedmont, and it shares a surprising amount of culture with the other Piedmont — the one in Italy. A few dozen Italian immigrants settled in Valdese back in the 1890s. They were "Waldensians" a group that had been persecuted for their religious beliefs in Europe. In North Carolina, they made wine at home and eventually set up a winery.