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Wineries of the Yadkin Valley

The 1.4 million-acre Yadkin Valley, just west of Winston-Salem, is home to more than 40 exquisite vineyards and wineries is North Carolina's first American Viticultural Area (AVA).

The microclimate found along the front range of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the Yadkin River flows, along with the high productivity of the soil both contribute to a grape ideally suited for vinifera wine.

Brief History of Wine in North Carolina

According to the state of North Carolina, the legacy of North Carolina's wine industry is rooted deep in the colonial heritage of Sir Walter Raleigh's Colony on Roanoke Island where the first scuppernong vine was cultivated. For more than a century, vineyards and wineries have perpetuated the agricultural tradition that is the heart of North Carolina.

North Carolina's rich farmland and mild climate contribute to the success and wide variety of grapes grown across the state, producing more than 500,000 gallons of wine annually. North Carolina has grown to be one of the ten largest wine producers in the country. Winemakers use grape varieties, such as European-types, native muscadines, and other fruits, that are grown in North Carolina to create wine with a superior flavor.

Annual Festivals Celebrating Yadkin Valley Wines

North Carolina Wine Festival
Memorial Day Weekend; Saturday, May 27, 2017
Noon - 6:30 p.m.
4061 Clemmons Road
Clemmons, NC 27012

Held annually Memorial Day weekend at Tanglewood Park,  the North Carolina Wine Festival is the largest wine festival in the state, featuring more than 25 NC wineries. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an afternoon in the sun savoring the bold flavors of North Carolina. Once your glass is full, dance to the beat of live bands and shop the local vendors on site. Visit NCWineFestival.com to learn more.
Check back for ticket pricing information as this event nears. 
Ages 21 and over only.

 

Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Downtown Winston-Salem (Fourth Street)

Salute! NC Wine Celebration  celebrates 12 years in downtown Winston-Salem, Saturday, June 7, 2017, bringing more than 35 of the state's best wineries and thousands of participants throughout the week for special festival events. Leading up to Salute!, winemaker dinners are held at local restaurants and the Friday evening prior to the festival is designated as a special celebrity chef cooking event. 

A number of downtown hotel properties offer special Salute! packages in Winston-Salem during festival time. Stay tuned to learn more about this festival and a complete festival schedule. 


 

Upcoming Events Happening at the Wineries

(Wineries below listed in alphabetical order.)

 

DIVINE LLAMA VINEYARDS
5349 Macedonia Road
East Bend, NC  27018
divinellamavineyards.com
(336) 699-2525

Llama Trekking (Not offered June - August or during hunting season)
Select Saturdays and by appointment only.
Explore the scenes of nature and experience hiking with the llama, who carry chairs, water and other provisions to a remote creek-side area. Enjoy views of Pilot Mountain and Divine Llama Vineyards. Treks must be scheduled in advance. Hikes are approximately two miles and usually last two and a half hours.
Wine tastings are available at Divine Llama Vineyards’ tasting room for an additional charge.
Email bloomtownacres@yahoo.com for details and reservations.

Cost: $50/per adult, $40/child under age 18.

 

RAFFALDINI VINEYARDS & WINERY
450 Groce Road
Rhonda, NC 28670
raffaldini.com
(336) 835-9463
Hours:  Mondays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 - 5 p.m; Closed Tuesdays.

Four Seasons Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, April 8; 6 - 9 p.m.
The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and are hosted by owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini. Each dinner features four seasonal food courses and four specially chosen wines to complement the food. Culinary and wine descriptions are given during the evening to enhance your enjoyment. This is an opportunity to share your food and wine passion with like-minded friends. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual with a focus on meeting new friends and enjoying la dolce vita.

Cost: $85+tax per person and is all-inclusive.
This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the Raffaldini tasting room, visit their website, or call 336.526.1078 to make a reservation.
*Cancellations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior to the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked.

Take a Hike with Owner Jay Raffaldini 
Sunday, April 9; 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property. Enjoy a guided walk discussing the story of Raffaldini vineyards, the direction of this award-winning winery and end with a lunch of hearty soup and crusty breads, paired with Raffaldini wines. Participants are encouraged to wear sensible walking shoes for the wooded terrain.

Cost: $50 plus tax per person includes hike, lunch and two glasses of wine.
This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the Raffaldini tasting room, visit their website, or call 336.526.1078 to make a reservation.
*Cancellations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior to the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked. Tax is included in shopping cart price.

La Ruzzola Del Formaggio-Cheese Roll
Come celebrate Little Easter and the return of spring at Raffaldini Vineyards with a traditional Italian game of the rolling of the cheese! The tradition of La Ruzzola dates back 3000 years to the Etruscan Tomb of the Olympiads but is now played with each Pasquetta in select Italian villages. Enjoy a picnic by purchasing and pairing cheese with a local artisan baked pita chips. A cheese rolling will be held at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4. Stop by the tasting room, visit our website www.raffaldini.com, call 336.526.1078 or email us at info@raffaldini.com for more information.

 

RAYLEN VINEYARDS
3577 Highway 158
Mocksville, NC 27028
raylenvineyards.com
(336) 998-3100

Fat Saturday Gumbo Festival
Saturday, Feb. 25; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $10/advance ticket; $15/At the gate
Celebrate Mardi Gras at RayLen Winery with an authentic Cajun Zydeco band, Bayou Diesel, and delicious authentic New Orleans style Seafood Gumbo. Search for a baby in your very own piece of king cake and enjoy a complimentary glass of RayLen's award-winning wines.

Your ticket includes entry, one bowl of gumbo, a slice of king cake and a complimentary glass of wine. Full Moon Oyster Bar will also have char-grilled oysters for purchase.
This event is for guests 21 years of age and older. Lawn chairs are permitted.Please no outside food or alcohol.

SANDERS RIDGE
sandersridge.com
(336) 677-1700
Hours: Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m.; Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.

Farm to Table Family Style Supper & Music
Every Thursday; 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Enjoy a new Southern menu featuring local, seasonal vegetables and foods. Dine inside or out on their wide front porch and deck. The menu features three courses and guests relax to live music.  Much of the menu is inspired by the season using Sanders Ridge own organically grown vegetables and other local products.
Visit their website any time throughout the week for the Thursday's menu.

Cost varies weekly.  Reservations are recommended, call 336-677-1700.

 

SHELTON VINEYARDS
sheltonvineyards.com 
(336) 366-4724
Tasting Room Hours: Mon. - Sat.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.
Restaurant Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sixth Annual Spring Fling
Saturday, April 8; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Shelton hosts the Sixth annual Spring Fling. Hundreds attend the annual event and enjoy free winery tours and tastings of Shelton's award-winning wines. Local artisans and craftsmen are onsite selling handcrafted items. Savor a fresh meal at Harvest Grill Express, serving food and wine for purchase while you enjoy music and shopping.

British Car Gathering
Saturday, April 22; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Free Admission

The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming! Spend your Saturday afternoon at Shelton Vineyards for the Southeast's largest display of vintage automobiles. More than 200 British cars are on display on the grounds of Shelton Vineyards. Collectors and admirers alike enjoy viewing the Austin Healeys, Jags, MG's, Triumphs, Bentleys and more. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic basket if you like, sip some of Shelton's refreshing wines on a beautiful Spring day while enjoying beautiful design. Shelton's Harvest Grill restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner as well as the winery for tours and tastings.

Bites & Blues at the Vineyard
Saturday, May 6; 1 - 4 p.m.
Free admission

Join Shelton for an afternoon of Bites & Blues on the terrace at Shelton Vineyards. Sip and swirl your favorite wines while listening to live blues music. "Pinics on the go" are also available for purchase at the Harvest Grill.

Sunset Concert Series featuring The Breakfast Club
Saturday, May 20; 6 - 9 p.m.

Shelton Vineyards kicks off their Sunset Concert Series with The Breakfast Club band rocking out 80's hit songs. Advance ticket sales are available online for $20 per person. Guests may purchase a season pass for $80 which includes all six concerts, six complimentary winery tours, and six individual tastings. To purchase tickets online click here

Day of concert tickets are available for $25 per person. 

For additional information and specific concert rules and regulations, visit the Shelton Vineyards website.
For more information about The Breakfast Club, please visit their website.

Corvette Auto Show
Saturday, May 27; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Free admission

Let the wind blow through your hair with a glass of wine in your hand. Shelton Vineyards host their annual Corvette Auto Show Saturday, May 27. Enjoy lunch or dinner from the onsite Harvest Grill Express, or you can bring your own picnic and enjoy the beautiful Shelton Vineyards grounds, as well as the Corvettes on display.

 

WESTBEND WINERY & BREWERY
5394 Williams Rd., Lewisville, NC
Website
(336) 945-9999
Hours: Wed. - Thurs.: Noon - 6 p.m. // Fri. - Sun.: Noon - 7 p.m. // Closed Mondays and Tuesdays 

Weekends at Westbend
Saturdays and Sundays at noon
Originally opened in 2012 as the very first winery in the Yadkin Valley, Westbend Winery recently reopened its doors. Join them for "Weekends at Westbend" for wine and house-brewed craft beer tastings, live music, and tasty food from local food trucks. 

Visit their website for complete schedule.

 

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