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 25, 2019
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
2019 Dates TBD
Downtown Winston-Salem (Fourth Street)
After a successful inaugural year in 2018, the Texas Pete Spirits of Summer festival returns in 2019 and 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.
DIVINE LLAMA VINEYARDS
4126 Divine Llama Lane
East Bend, NC 27018
Open Fridays and Saturdays, Noon - 5 p.m.; Sundays 1 - 5 p.m.
Llamaste - Llama Yoga
Friday, Sept. 28 ; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Achieve the ultimate level of calm with this unique twist on a yoga session. Divine Llama's "Llamaste" is an all-level practice among friendly llamas. Bring your mat and a friend, and meet a furry friend while there. Pack a light dinner and plan to purchase a glass or bottle of award-winning wine, and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the vineyard. The tasting room will remain open until 9 p.m.
Cost: $10 - Cash only please.
Children must participate in the yoga class with an adult.
You can RSVP on Facebook here, or call the tasting room directly Friday - Sunday to make a reservation.
The Crafty Llama: Art, Craft & Vintage Market
Saturday, Nov. 3; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This event offers a fun-filled Saturday of art, crafts, pottery, antiques, repurposed antiques, excellent music, lot of llamas, great wine, and tasty food truck fare. Shop local, shop small and support a local nonprofit all at the same time.
Entry cost: $5 per car
JOLO WINERY AND VINEYARDS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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