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Wineries of the Yadkin Valley

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The 1.4 million-acre Yadkin Valley, just west of Winston-Salem, is home to more than 45 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 26, 2018
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. 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 2, 2017
Downtown Winston-Salem (Fourth Street)

Salute! NC Wine Celebration  celebrates 13 years in downtown Winston-Salem, Saturday, June 2, 2018, 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

Swan Creek Riedel Tour
Friday, July 21 - Sunday, July 23; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily
Website
Hit the Swan Creek Wine Trail and taste signature white wines in the elegance of Riedel stemware. Receive a collector's-edition, Swan Creek Wine Trail Riedel wine glass at your first stop and one gourmet food and wine pairing at each of the seven vineyards along the wine trail. 

Participating wineries and signature pairings: 

  1. Dobbins Creek Vineyard: Onion Tart I Dry Riesling
  2. Laurel Gray Vineyards: Herb Cheese Spread with Artisan Crackers I Pinot Gris
  3. Midnight Magdalena Vineyards: Chicken Mango Salsa Salad with Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette I Traminette
  4. Piccione Vineyards: Oil Cured Hand Pulled Mozzarella with Rosemary Crostini I Chardonnay
  5. Raffaldini Vineyards: Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Flatbread I Vermentino
  6. Shadow Springs Vineyard: Summer Pea and Parmesan Pasta Salad I Viognier
  7. Windsor Run Cellars: Herb Roasted Mushrooms I Chardonel

Cost: $25/person*
*Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating wineries listed above. 

 

(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)
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.

Independence Day Celebration-Music, Gelato & Food Truck in the Vineyards
Monday, July 3; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Enjoy your Independence Day with an afternoon of music at Raffaldini Vineyards. Savor a refreshing glass of wine from their award-winning selection and enjoy live music on the terrace. Celebrate summer with an eclectic mix of music and make a day of it with a picnic from the fully-stocked deli case.
For more information visit them online at www.raffaldini.com or call 336.526.1078.

Cibo e Vino
Sunday, July 9; Noon - 4 p.m.
Raffaldini Vineyards invites you to sample the culinary delights of a local restaurant. Enjoy a complimentary tasting paired with a sample of an award winning Raffaldini wine. Discover the splendor of traditional Italian cuisine paired with fantastic Tuscan-style wines.
This event is for those age 21 and over. For more information visit them online at www.raffaldini.com or call 336.526.1078.

Raffaldini Farmers Market
Sunday, July 16; Noon - 4 p.m.
Celebrate all the season has to offer as you meet and shop with local farmers on the grounds of Raffaldini Vineyards. In addition to magnificent vineyard and mountain views, you will have the opportunity to sample and purchase locally sourced produce, cheese and baked goods. You can also enjoy a picnic from a fully-stocked deli case. 

Euro Car Show
Sunday, July 23; Noon - 4 p.m.
Nothing epitomizes grace and style better than European automobiles. Join Raffaldini Vineyards for their European Car Show and view timeless classics of European style surrounding Villa Raffaldini.
Admission is free. If you would like to enter your European automobile to showcase, send an email to eventplanning@raffaldini.com to reserve lawn space.

An Afternoon in Tuscany 
Sunday, July 30; Noon - 2 p.m.
Raffaldini brings Tuscany to you this summer! Enjoy a lovely lunch (Pranzo) followed by a stroll through the vines and concert amongst the vines.

Cost: $70/person*; purchase online here. 
This event is for those age 21 and over. For more information or to make a reservation, visit Raffaldini's website or call 336.526.1078.
*Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to seven 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. 

Ferragosto - Music in the Vineyard
Sunday, Aug. 13; Noon - 5 p.m.
Ferragosto is a day in Italy when all work stops while friends and family venture to the countryside to relax and celebrate a break from busy city life. Take advantage of this Italian tradition and spend Ferragosto at Raffaldini Vineyards to escape the excitement of the city and to savor La Dolce Vita with your family and friends. You can pick your own picnic from their deli case. Enjoy award-winning Raffaldini Vineyards wines and relish in the ease of an afternoon at the vineyard. 

Cibo e Vino
Sunday, Aug. 20; Noon - 4 p.m.
Raffaldini Vineyards invites you to sample the culinary delights of a local restaurant. Enjoy a complimentary tasting paired with a sample of an award winning Raffaldini wine. Discover the splendor of traditional Italian cuisine paired with fantastic Tuscan-style wines.
This event is for those age 21 and over. 

Labor Day-Music, Gelato & Food Truck in the Vineyard
Monday, Sept. 4; Noon - 4 p.m.
Enjoy your labor day with an afternoon of music at Raffaldini Vineyards! Purchase a refreshing glass of wine from an award-winning selection and enjoy the tunes from a local musician.  Celebrate summer with an eclectic mix of music, wine and fresh food fare from the Raffaldini deli case.
Free to attend.

Vine to Wine: Raffaldini Vineyards Immersive Experience
Friday, Sept. 8; 9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Set in the heart of the highly award-winning Yadkin Valley wine appellation, amid lush vineyard and mountain views, Raffaldini Vineyards’ Tuscan-style estate embodies La Dolce Vita. With this opportunity, oenophiles (wine connoisseurs) have the chance to participate in the day to day activities of the vineyard and winery during the grape harvest. This is your chance to learn about the grape varietals, harvesting and the wine-making process at Raffaldini Vineyards. You will also have a taste analysis of wines that are currently in production and enjoy an exclusive harvest dinner featuring award-winning wines paired with traditional Italian fare. This event will be led by owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini, the assistant winemaker, and the vineyard manager, and will give you complete access to the behind-the-scenes process of wine production.

Cost: $375 per person, all-inclusive (limited to 20 people)
This event is for those age 21 and over. If in the reasonable judgment of Raffaldini Vineyards the event is canceled then all amounts paid will be promptly refunded. Please contact 336.526.1078  or email us for additional information and to reserve your place at this unique event.
Purchase tickets online here

12th Annual Festa Italiana
Saturday, Sept. 16; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This day-long event is a celebration of Italian culture, food, art, music, and of course, wine.
Pre-Sale tickets are $15 per person (buy online here) and include parking, admission to the festival, commemorative Festa Italiana wine glass, and either a tasting of three Raffaldini Wines or a glass of wine. Tickets on admission day are $20 per person.

 

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

Friday Night L!VE 2017
Through August
Second and Fourth Fridays, 6 - 8 p.m.
Sip and Savor award-winning wines, and enjoy some summertime food and fun with RayLen Vineyards for their annual Friday Night L!VE series. Held every second and fourth Friday through August, each event features a local band and specialty food truck. 
Admission is free and lawn chairs are permitted. Please no outside coolers or alcohol. 
For additional information on featured musical acts and food trucks, click here.

Summer Wine Release
Friday, June 30; 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join RayLen for the summer release of their 2016 Viognier. Enjoy complimentary fruit and cheese along with sips of the new vintage of Viognier all day. Relax and unwind to live music from 6 - 8 p.m. by Sarah Sophia.
Admission is complimentary. Attendees also enjoy a 15 percent discount off single bottles of the newly released 2016 Viognier.

Reds, Whites & Blues with James Vincent Carroll
Saturday, July 1; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Celebrate the U.S. of A. with RayLen Vineyards during their Independence Day bash! Sip on your favorite red or white wine and listen to the blues-y music of James Vincent Carroll. For your munchies, enjoy food for purchase by WS Wings -N- Fins.
Admission is complimentary. 

Full Moon Festival
Saturday, Aug. 5; Noon - 9 p.m.
Celebrate summer at RayLen Vineyards & Winery’s annual Full Moon Festival. Enjoy entertainment from opening musical act Cap ‘N Dar and Friends from 1:30 - 4 p.m. Headlining this year's festival is The Vagabond Saints’ Society playing from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Grab a bite from Whisk and Tin Food Truck, Abby’s Shiver Shack, or Full MOON Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant, all providing food for purchase on-site. Plus, don’t miss local favorites Carronnis handcrafted creations, Sweet Aromaz Flower Lounge, and Twin City Hive Coffee Lounge. Family and friends can also enjoy face painting.

Cost: $15 Advanced Tickets // $20 At the Gate
Please visit www.raylenvineyards.com or call 336.998.3100 to purchase. Ticket includes entry, parking, entertainment, complimentary glass of wine and souvenir glass. Event is held rain or shine. Lawn chairs welcome. Coolers, picnic baskets and outside alcohol are strictly prohibited. 

 

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.

Music on the Terrace
Saturday, July 1; 1 - 4 p.m.
Relax on Shelton's terrace and enjoy live acoustic music by Emma Lee. Picnic lunches will be available from Harvest Grill along with beer and wine. Kick back and enjoy the day at Shelton Vineyards! 

Free admission
For more information on Emma Lee visit her website at: http://www.emmalee.me/

Sunset Concert Series featuring The Embers
Saturday, July 15; 6 - 9 p.m.

Shelton Vineyards continues their Sunset Concert Series with The Embers playing the best of beach music. 
Advance ticket sales are available online for $20 per person. 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.

Sunset Concert Series featuring Swingin' Medallions 
Saturday, Aug. 19; 6 - 9 p.m.
Join Shelton Vineyards for their Sunset Concert Series featuring the Swingin' Medallions.
Advance ticket sales are available online for $20 per person. 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.

Mercedes Auto Show
Saturday, Aug. 26; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rev up your summer at Shelton Vineyards' Annual Mercedes Benz Auto Show. There is something for everyone to enjoy from vintage models to newer, modified varieties. Enjoy a glass of award-winning Shelton Vineyards wine while strolling through the grounds, viewing these beautiful and unique cars.
Free Admission

Sunset Concert Series featuring Band of Oz
Saturday, Sept. 16; 6 - 9 p.m.
Join Shelton Vineyards for their Sunset Concert Series featuring the Band of Oz as they play the best in rock, pop, soul, and beach music.
Advance ticket sales are available online for $20 per person. 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.

 

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 

Sunset Sips
Every first Thursday; 6 - 9 p.m.
Chase the sun with and and sip and swirl some of Westbend's flavorful wines or craft brews. Enjoy live music from Colin Allured and local cuisine from StrEat Provision. Sunset Sips is hosted at Westbend every first Thursday of the month.

Beat the Heat Fridays
Every Friday during summer; 6 - 8 p.m.
Enjoy beautiful summer nights with the magnificent view and laidback atmosphere at Westbend! Located just 20 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, Westbend is hosting Beat the Heat Fridays every Friday night this summer joined by Food Truck.

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.

Red, White & Brews
Tuesday, July 4; Noon - 6 p.m.
Celebrate Independence Day at Westbend! Dance to live music from The Exit 180 Band along with BBQ from Hal's Holy Smokin' BBQ and hot dogs from Boone Doggies.

Backyard Beach Music Party
Saturday, July 29; 7 - 10 p.m.
Shag the night away at Westbend's Backyard Beach Music Party catered by Full MOON Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant. Party will take place on the front lawn of the Hauser House.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and classic Carolina beach music will be provided by DJ Fessa. 

Fall Oyster Roast
Saturday, Sept. 30; Noon - 7 p.m.
Back by popular demand, Westbend host their second annual Budbreak Oyster Roast. Full MOON Oyster Bar & Seafood Restaurant will cater the event. More details to be announced at a later date. 

 

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