Hickory, NC, has a lot to offer. Nestled right between the Piedmont and Mountain regions of North Carolina, the city looks out over the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, like a gateway to one of the state’s most beautiful treasures. Hickory is also famous for hand-crafted furniture that attracts shoppers from all over the state. Citizens here thrive; Reader’s Digest named the Hickory Metro area the 10th Best Place to Live and Raise a Family in the United States.

But people raise more than their families in the Hickory area. In recent years, something surprising has happened. Hickory has landed right in the middle of the resurgence of the North Carolina wine industry.

In the early 20th century, North Carolina led the nation in wine production. But then came Prohibition. Winemaking was all but wiped out in North Carolina for almost a century — until now. Suddenly we’re back to our roots, literally. In the past fifteen years, the number of wineries in North Carolina has more than quadrupled. Many of those wineries, like Woodmill Winery in Vale and Ginger Creek Vineyards in Taylorsville, are within easy driving distance of Hickory. Whether you’re a wine aficionado or you simply want to take a weekend jaunt, Hickory and its surrounding vineyards are the destinations you’re looking for.

And there may be even more reason to lift a glass. Grape juice and skins contain a compound called resveratrol, which is thought to have some remarkable health benefits. Most studies on resveratrol have been inconclusive so far, but preliminary research is positive. Resveratrol may be part of the reason that wine helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Resveratrol has been found to have an antidepressant effect in animal studies, and the researchers believe the same may be true in humans.

Of course, if you’re not feeling well, you should rely on more than supplements. Come in to an urgent care center to be properly diagnosed by a physician. At FastMed in Hickory, residents and tourists alike can find quick and friendly medical help for anything from sore throats to sports injuries. We’re open seven days a week to make sure you have help when you need it.

Whether you’re enjoying Hickory’s beautiful scenery, going on a shopping spree, or indulging in some native North Carolina viticulture, remember: FastMed is here to take care of you.

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