Wineries of the Yadkin Valley
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.
Spirits of Summer presented by Texas Pete
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Downtown Winston-Salem (Fourth Street)
The inaugural Texas Pete Spirits of Summer festival kicks off on the streets of downtown Winston-Salem with an electrifying tasting experience that puts the spotlight on local chefs, Yadkin Valley winemakers, craft brewmasters, and national recording acts for one sizzling summertime festival in Winston-Salem, NC. Savor the tastes of North Carolina wine harvests, find your favorite craft brew sampling from local breweries, and wake up your taste buds in Restaurant Pavilion where chefs are firing up the grills and serving some of their favorite menu items. The magic of pairing food with wine and beer comes to life at the Lowe’s Foods Demo Tent. Sit, share, and learn more about how to pair Southern cuisine with regional wines and craft beers.
Find more details and hotel packages here.
Upcoming Events Happening at the Wineries
(Winery events below are listed in alphabetical order according to name of winery.)
1000 Childress Vineyards Road
Lexington, NC 27295
Music in the Vineyards
Every Saturday & Sunday through Fall
Enjoy your wine on the patio while live music plays in the vineyard each weekend under the Carolina sun from noon - 3 p.m.
Visit Childress' website for weekly music lineup and more details.
No reservations required.
Sip & Stain Wooden Sign Workshop
Saturday, May 12; 11 a.m.
Grab a paintbrush and a glass of wine and join Childress Vineyards this Mother's Day weekend for an artistic afternoon of painting and sipping. Located less than 30 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, spend a beautiful afternoon with the mom in your life at the largest winery in the Yadkin Valley. Choose from a variety of wooden signs and designs to paint, customize, and take home for decor. Your ticket includes art supplies, two drink tickets per person, cheese and crackers.
Round Sign: $79 + tax
Single Plank Sign: $69 + tax
To make reservations, call 336.236.9463 ext. 332. Advance reservations is required. Please select your design at time of reservation.
Must be 21 years or older.
Austin Dillon's Honky Tonk Throwdown Pit Stops for Hope Benefit
Friday, May 25; 5 p.m.
One night of two stepping with #3! Celebrate with NASCAR Driver #3 Austin Dillon at Childress Vineyards on his win at the 2018 Daytona 500. Saddle up for a night of bulls, boots, and bottles. Test your skills in the mechanical bull riding competition and ladies have a shot at winning prizes for the coolest daisy dukes and vintage tees.
A portion of the proceeds benefit local tornado relief through Pit Stops for Hope. *Tentative NASCAR driver meet and greets.
Individual tickets start at $15 + tax. Or grab a group of friends and reserve a table for four at a rate of $185 plus tax.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Spa Day at the Vineyard
Saturday, May 26; 2 p.m.
Treat yourself to an afternoon of pampering and sipping. Relax and "un-wined" as participants share and discuss the many uses and benefits of essential oils while you sip your favorite Childress Vineyards wine. Essential oil specialists help you create your own custom, natural bath salt, plus a matching essential oil roller for you to take home and enjoy.
Reservations required; tickets include DIY essential oil bath salt and roller, and one glass of wine. Additional wine and essential oil products are available for purchase.
Must be 21 years or older.
Tickets: $30; to make reservations, call 336.236.9463.
DIVINE LLAMA VINEYARDS
5349 Macedonia Road
East Bend, NC 27018
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 email@example.com for details and reservations.
Cost: $50/per adult, $40/child under age 18.
GRASSY CREEK VINEYARD & WINERY
235 Chatham Cottage Circle
State Road, NC 28676
Grassy Creek Winery presents Andrew Finn Magill and Lee Bidgood
Saturday, June 9; 4 - 7 p.m.
Singer/Violinist/Composer Andrew Finn Magill performs live at Grassy Creek Saturday, June 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. Joining him is ETSU’s Lee Bidgood. The two will wow audiences with their love of Bluegrass and Old Time music; and a touch of jazz and Brazilian tunes. Grab a bite from Wicked Awesome Foods, onsite with fabulous food options.
219 JOLO Winery Lane
Pilot Mountain, NC 27041
Sundays; Noon - 3:30 p.m.
Every Sunday JOLO invites you to sip on JOLO's popular wines while enjoying the breathtaking views of iconic Pilot Mountain. Join every Sunday from noon until 3:30 p.m.
Mother's Day at JOLO and End Posts Restaurant
Sunday, May 13; Seatings at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Invite Mom for an afternoon at JOLO and succulent meal at End Posts Restaurant. Choose from their full tapas menu including special holiday additions. The Tasting Lounge is open 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. today.
Reservations encouraged. Call 336.614.0030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Food Truck Saturdays
Select Saturdays; Noon - 5 p.m.
Pair your Raffaldini wine with fare from local food trucks serving classic Italian dishes.
Live Music Sundays
Select Sundays; Noon - 4 p.m.
Wind down with Raffaldini Vineyards and special guest musicians each Sunday from noon - 4 p.m. For a full schedule of performers, click here.
Sagra Delle Salsicce
Saturday, May 5; 1 - 3 p.m.
Enjoy a traditional Italian-style afternoon of grilled salsicce (sausages) and Raffaldini wine. Meet and mingle with owner and winemaker, Jay Raffaldini on the sunlit patio of their Tuscan-style villa.
Ticket price is $50 plus tax per person and includes admission to event, grilled sausage lunch and assorted sides, and two glasses of Raffaldini wines.
This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit their website, call 336.526.1078 or email email@example.com 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.
Mamma Mia! Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 13; Noon - 3 p.m.
Experience the joy and love of Mother’s Day at Raffaldini Vineyards with the annual Mamma Mia! Mother’s Day Brunch. Feast together over a refreshing buffet-style brunch alongside award-winning Raffaldini Vineyards wines. Every mother who attends the brunch will receive an Italian Baci Di Dama, or “Lady’s Kiss,” cookie to enjoy afterwards.
A photographer will be on-site in the rose gardens to photograph you and "la tua madre."
Memorial Day Celebration
Monday, May 28; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Enjoy your Memorial Day with an afternoon of music at Raffaldini Vineyards. Sip on a refreshing glass of wine from their award-winning selection and enjoy live tunes from guitarist Colin Allured. Celebrate summer with an eclectic mix of music and make a day of it with a picnic from a fully-stocked deli case. Presto! Food Truck will also be on-site serving fresh made pizza, pannini's, gelato and zeppole's (Italian doughnuts).
Independence Day Celebration-Music, Gelato & Food Truck in the Vineyards
Wednesday, July 4; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Enjoy your Independence Day with an afternoon of music at Raffaldini Vineyards. Purchase a refreshing glass of wine from an award-winning selection to pair with offerings from a local food truck. Enjoy live music on the Piazza overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Celebrate summer with an eclectic mix of music and make a day of it with a picnic from their fully-stocked deli case.
Free to the public.
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.
Mother's Day Essential Oil Class
Saturday, May 12; 3:30 - 5 p.m.
The mom in your life deserves an extra dose of serenity this Mother's Day. Sander's Ridge Vineyards is hosting a Mother's Day Essential Oils Class where participants are taught to make their own floral foot/salt scrubs and matching scent rollers.
Tickets include wine, truffles, and materials for DIY project.
Reservations are recommended. Please call 336.677.1700 to RSVP.
Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 13; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Treat Mom to a special day at Sander's Ridge and their newly re-opened Roots restaurant! View menu online here.
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, May 5; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Shelton Vineyards host their seventh annual Spring Fling Festival Saturday, May 5 with more than 40 artisan and antique vendors, six tasty food trucks, and plenty of Shelton wine to taste.
Admission to the event is free and complimentary tours and tastings are offered all day long. Arrive early and plan on spending the day! Enjoy live music at the amphitheater as you indulge in one of the many different culinary creations from food vendors.
Corvette Auto Show
Saturday, May 26; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Have some summertime fun with Shelton Vineyards at the 8th annual Corvette Auto Show. Food is available for purchase at the Harvest Grill Express, or you may bring a picnic while you enjoy the beautiful Shelton Vineyards grounds, as well as the Corvettes on display.
Throughout the entire Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday - Monday), Shelton is honoring all verterans with free tours and tastings upon presentation of military I.D.
For more information or to register visit Carolinas & Virginia Corvette Caravan at http://www.corvettecaravan.com/va-nc-sc/.
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
Boot Scootin’ Boogie
Thursday; 6 - 8 p.m.
Grab a craft beer, cider or glass of Westbend wine and then hop in line to boot scoot your way to a fun Thursday night! Come solo or bring a friend, date or family member. Aged 8 or 98 - the more the merrier.
No partner or dance skills necessary..only a smile. Enjpy a one-hour country dance lesson from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. with dance instructor, Lisa Konzcal.
For questions and more information, contact Lisa directly via email at LKonczal@yahoo.com or visit her site online at http://www.LisaKonczal.com/.
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