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.
Festivals Celebrating Yadkin Valley Wines
Swan Creek Riedel Red Barrel Tasting Wine Tour
November 19 - November 20, 2016; Noon - 5 p.m.
The seven vineyards within the Swan Creek Vineyard AVA invite you for an exclusive gourmet food and red wine pairing event. Riedel wine glasses are touted as the world’s best and make every glass of wine a memorable experience. This exclusive autumn event marries the expertise of Riedel glasses with the award winning wines of the Swan Creek AVA. Each ticket holder will receive a collector’s edition stemmed Riedel wine glass at their first stop and a gourmet food and wine pairing at each vineyard.
Prepaid tickets are available at each vineyard for $35 per person.
Participating Vineyards along with wine and food selections:
Dobbins Creek Vineyards – Will feature our 2015 Merlot paired with a Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin Mini Biscuit served with Fig Jam
Laurel Gray Vineyards – Spicy Cheddar Cheese Straws and Black Cherry and Chocolate Mini Muffins will be paired with our 2015 Cabernet Franc
Midnight Magdalena Vineyards – Pairing our Merlot with Bacon Blue Cheese Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables, and Herbed Crostini with Goat Cheese Spread and Olive Tapenade.
Raffaldini Vineyards – Pancetta Wrapped Dates stuffed with Goat Cheese along with an Arugula Salad dressed with an aged Italian Balsamic. Our wine pairing will be 2015 Sangiovese Classico.
Piccione Vineyards – Highlighting our 2014 Nero and pairing it with a Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Pork Tenderloin and a Bruschetta with Brie, Nero Poached Pears, Arugula and Proscuitto.
Shadow Springs Vineyard – 2015 Estate Chambourcin paired with Chorizo poached in Shadow Springs red wine and Sticky Dates stuffed with Lemon, Feta and Walnuts.
Windsor Run Cellars – Will feature our 2012 Midnight Run Port paired with Peach Glazed Meatballs and Chocolate Truffle Balls drizzled with White Chocolate
Tickets available at each individual tasting room.
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.
Events Happening at the Wineries
139 Benge Drive
Seasonal Craft Workshops at Adagio
Adagio hosts monthly craft and music events, including coaster class, bottle light class, Christmas ornament class, Cork art class and Tasting Notes Violin performances.
Classes require advance registration, please call 336-258-2333 or register online here. For additional information, please email Jan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tasting Notes Violin Duets - Saturday, Nov. 19; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
"Quilted" Christmas Ornaments - Sunday, Nov. 20; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Christmas Ornaments - Saturday, Dec. 3; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Coaster class - Sunday, Dec. 4; 1 - 4 p.m.
1000 Childress Vineyards Road
Lexington, NC 27295
Music in the Vineyard
Every Saturday and Sunday through October; Noon - 3 p.m.
Enjoy a relaxing weekend afternoon to live tunes from a variety of bands serenading you with blue grass, blues, country, and soft rock. Grab a bottle of wine to share amongst friends and join Childress under the Grand Pavilion for the last of their Music in the Vineyards series.
Wine and beer service along with regular Pavilion menu will be available.
For more information on which bands perform each weekend, visit http://www.childressvineyards.com/events/.
Christmas Open House
Friday, Nov. 11
Uncork holiday cheer and come see the brilliance of this beautiful winery decorated for Christmas! Live holiday music and local vendor demonstrations will be held throughout the day. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or Wassail (hot, mulled cider) served with cheese while you browse and shop new Christmas gift selections.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Friday, Dec. 2; 6 p.m.
It's the classic case of "Who done it?" Enjoy an evening of gourmet cuisine, fine wines and mystery! Reception kicks off at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m.
Cost is $79 per person and $69 per wine club member. Space is limited. For ticket information please call Jennie Hess at 336.236.9463 ext. 332.
DIVINE LLAMA VINEYARDS
5349 Macedonia Road
East Bend, NC 27018
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 email@example.com for details and reservations.
Cost: $50/per adult, $40/child under age 18.
MENARICK VINEYARDS & WINERY
328 Luffman Road
Ronda, NC 28670
5th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, Nov. 12; 4 - 7 p.m.
Join us to celebrate MenaRick’s 5th Anniversary. Enjoy a flavorful pairing of Paella to complement the winery's Portuguese and Spanish wines.
The cost is $23/person all-u-can-eat.
RAFFALDINI VINEYARDS & WINERY
450 Groce Road
Rhonda, NC 28670
Hours: Mondays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 - 5 p.m; Closed Tuesdays.
Assemblagio Blending Trials
Every Saturday & Sunday in November; 1 - 3 p.m.
The reds are ready for blending and Raffaldini is calling on you to help them determine the blend for the next Raffaldini Red Blend. Each session is a two-hour educational wine experience led by Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini in the winery’s barrel room. Each blend you create is carefully analyzed, sampled and the inspiration for a new red blend vintage.
This is an opportunity to hone your wine-making knowledge and ability, learn more about grape varietals and make a few new friends in the process.
This event is for ages 21 and up. Stop by the tasting room, visit www.raffaldini.com, call 336.526.1078 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or 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.
Grande Riserva Release
Saturday, Dec. 10; 1 - 3 p.m.
You’re invited to join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini and assistant winemaker Katy Kidd as they reveal the 2014 Grande Riserva! Grande Riserva, as the name implies, represents the utmost and very best efforts of all that we do from the vineyard to the winery. In making this limited quantity wine, we have used the finest and oldest Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, and Sagrantino grapes harvested at their optimal ripeness and then triple sorted.
We applied our Appassimento drying process to further concentrate the grape’s natural flavors and aromas. Finally, we placed the grapes in oak fermenters to further deepen the profile and aged the wine in the best oak barrels available.
Each session (held at 1 and 3 p.m.) includes a Raffaldini Vineyards crystal Riedel glass, a full glass of our coveted 2014 Grande Riserva, and a food sample specially selected to pair with our Grande Riserva.
Cost is $30 per person and tickets may be purchased online here: https://shop.raffaldini.com/xe/xe.asp?page=viewitem&p=950&cat=events.
An Afternoon of Holiday Cheer
Sunday, Dec. 11; 1 - 4 p.m.
Carol along with the Raffaldini chorus, enjoy light refreshments, and a visit from the Italian Christmas character, La Befana (at 3 p.m.). This mystical woman will read her story fireside for all to enjoy. While visiting, participate in some last minute shopping.
This is an event for your entire family! Bring your camera and take a picture by the Raffaldini Christmas tree.
Admission is free, but please RSVP by calling 336.526.1078 or email email@example.com.
Note: Raffaldini is sponsoring a gift drive, “Fill the Barrel with toys” which will be donated to the Children’s Home of Winston-Salem, NC. The winery is encouraging that attendees pleas bring an unwrapped children’s toy to put in the barrel.
3577 Highway 158
Mocksville, NC 27028
Hours: Monday - Saturday Noon - 6 p.m.; Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.
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 dishes are served up by Chef Christian Froelich who utilizes his Classic European training with a strong Carolinian and Modern American influences. His menus are inspired by the season using our own organically grown vegetables and other local products as much as possible.
Visit their website any time throughout the week for Thursday's menu.
Cost varies weekly. Reservations are recommended, call 336-677-1700.
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.
Saturday, Oct 15; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 16; Noon - 6 p.m.
Celebrate harvest season this Fall with Shelton Vineyards as they host their 11th Annual Harvest Festival. An event for the entire family to enjoy, festival goers can look forward to sunny strolls along the vineyards, shopping the handcrafted artworks from vendors and savoring locally grown produce. Kids can enjoy face painting and hay rides through the vineyard. Relax and listen to the live music Saturday and Sunday while sipping on your favorite Shelton Vineyards wine.
Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine.
Food will be available for purchase from the Harvest Grill Express to enjoy outside on the grounds or you may choose to dine-in at the Harvest Grill.
Reservations are strongly recommended for both lunch and dinner. Please call 336-366-3590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today to book dining reservations.
FREE regular winery tours and tastings will also be offered during festival hours. Due to the number of activities planned, no Gazebo Tastings will be available during the Harvest Festival weekend. Reserve Tastings will be available with reservations.
Harvest Grill - Murder Mystery Dinner
Saturday, Nov, 5; 6:30 p.m.
A night of suspense, accompanied by a special meal prepared by Chef Paul! Come out and help solve the murder mystery during this interactive evening at the Harvest Grill. We will be starting off outside with a glass of wine while our actors give us the testimony for the evening. Then, we will move inside to enjoy dinner and solving the mystery.
Autumn Fig, Bacon & Bleu Cheese Salad with Apple Butter Vinaigrette
Crispy Pancetta Crusted Shrimp with Tomato Jam
Grilled Salmon - Spinach & Boursin Stuffed Chicken with Creole Mustard Cream
Rosemary Whipped Potatoes and Baby Green Beans
Dessert Creation by Pastry Chef Frances
$75 plus tax and gratuity.
Make your reservations by calling Harvest Grill at (336) 366-3590 or email us at email@example.com.
*Reservations required and are held with a credit card. No cancellations within 48 hours of the event.
Holiday Open House
Saturday, Nov. 19; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20; Noon - 5 p.m.
It's that time of year and Shelton is rolling out their holiday season with all the sights, sounds and tastes of the season! Mark your calendar for this special, free event, featuring spiked cider, Petite Vintner's Dinner Menu at the Harvest Grill and plenty of wonderful gift ideas to start checking off your shopping list! Case specials will also be offered throughout the Holiday Open House weekend.
WESTBEND WINERY & BREWERY
5394 Williams Rd., Lewisville, NC
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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