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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, 2018
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. 

 

NC Fine Wines Gala
Saturday, Feb. 17; 7 p.m.
Location: Millennium Center, 101 W Fifth St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Make plans to attend one of North Carolina's biggest wine industry events of the year. Located in downtown Winston-Salem at the Millennium Center, the NC Fine Wines Competition is among the toughest state-specific competitions in the country. The public is invited to attend the Awards Gala Saturday night where guests can be side-by-side with owners and winemakers from across the state when the coveted NC Fine Wines case awards are announced. Walk the red carpet, attend the awards ceremony and savor an exquisite dinner paired with NC Fine Wines.
Seating is limited.
To purchase tickets click here


 

Upcoming Events Happening at the Wineries

(Winery events below are listed in alphabetical order according to name of winery.)

 

CAROLINA HERITAGE VINEYARD & WINERY
170 Heritage Vines Way
Elkin, NC 28621
carolinaheritagevineyards.com
(336) 366-3301

Winter Wine & Beer Passport
Saturdays through March 17, 2018 (1 - 6 p.m.)
Join the fun of the Winter Wine & Beer Passport. Available for purchase (while supplies last) at any participating winery listed below or online at www.surrywineries.com. Enjoy tastings at 10 wineries/breweries with your passport along with a commemorative keepsake at each. Sip, swirl, and savor three wine/beer-and-food weekends (January 6, February 3 and March 3) along with special offers for passport holders at 28 local businesses. A great gift and a great way to have fun during the winter months.

Cost: $64 per passport (individual) // $99 per couple passport 

Other Participating wineries include:

 

CHILDRESS VINEYARDS
1000 Childress Vineyards Road
Lexington, NC 27295
childressvineyards.com
(336) 236-9463

Sip & Learn
Sundays in January; Noon 
Join Sommelier Christina Raines every Sunday in January and polish your wine knowledge as she uncorks the many topics of wine. Visit the website for more details. 

Sunday Funday
Sunday, Jan. 7; 2 p.m.
Drown the winter woes with wine and join Childress for Sunday Funday! Enjoy wine, beer, snacks, and team trivia with prizes hosted by Big Pop Productions. Gather your friends and mingle with other guests in the Banquet Hall on Sundays in January and February.
No charge to attend or participate; trivia and seating is available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Reservations not required.

Salut! with Chef & Somm
Friday, Jan. 19; 5 p.m.
Learn to pair like a pro at this deliciously interactive food and wine experience. During this walk-through tasting event, Childress Vineyards’ Executive Chef and Sommelier showcases sweet and savory pairings, and demonstrates how to prepare and serve food for guests. 

Dinner in the Bistro
Saturday, Jan. 27; 6 p.m.
Take in the beautiful surroundings of the winery while enjoying dinner in the Bistro. Savor a buffet-style dinner featuring a beef carving station, salmon, and fried chicken, along with various sides and desserts.
Reservations highly recommended. Credit card required to make reservation.; cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance to avoid charge.
Costs: $35 per adult // $17.50 per child ages 7 - 12; No charge for children under age 7
|To make reservations, please visit ChildressVineyards.com/Bistro or call 336.236.9463.

 

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.

 

GRASSY CREEK VINEYARD & WINERY
235 Chatham Cottage Circle
State Road, NC 28676
grassycreekvineyard.com
(336) 835-2458

Grassy Creek Winery Presents James Vincent Carroll Original Songs and Stories
Sunday, Feb. 11; 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Wind down with a relaxing afternoon at Grassy Creek Vineyards savoring a glass of wine and original from James Vincent Carroll. Since he began at the age of 15, James Vincent Carroll toured, wrote and recorded under his childhood name "Jamie Carroll". James writes and performs original music and classic's from the 70's, 80's and 90's.

 

JOLO VINEYARDS
219 JOLO Winery Lane
Pilot Mountain, NC 27041
jolovineyards.com
(855) 656-9463

Sangria Sundays
Sundays; Noon - 3:30 p.m.
Every Sunday JOLO celebrates their popular secret-recipe Sangria by inviting guests sit by fire in the JOLO Tasting Lodge or lounging on their sundeck with beautiful views of Pilot Mountain.
Join every Sunday from noon until 3:30 p.m.

Valentine's Dinner at End Posts
Wednesday, Feb. 14; Seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delectable four-course dinner with your sweetie or friends with JOLO wine perfectly paired with each course.

Valentine's Day Dinner Menu Includes:

  • Butternut Squash Soup, Pecan Gremolata
  • Crab and Avocado Salad OR Beet and goat cheese salad
  • Filet Mignon, Pommes Puree, Winter Vegetables, JOLOTAGE Demi Glace OR Joyce Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu, Pommes Puree, Winter Vegetables, Golden Hallows beurre blanc sauce
  • Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Coulis OR Artisan Cheese Selection

Limited to 12 couples per seating. 
Cost $99 per person

Email reservations@jolovineyards.com to book your reservation.

 

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.

The Italian Kitchen
Sunday, Jan. 28; 1 - 3 p.m.
Join Raffaldini for an afternoon of wine and food as local chef Toni Onocosta demonstrates some of his favorite Italian recipes. Learn some helpful tips from Chef Toni and watch him prepare a signature dish right before your eyes.
General admission is $40 plus tax per person. 
Learn more.

Afternoon with the Winemaker
Saturday, Feb. 3; 1 - 3 p.m.*
*Two sessions; one offered at 1 p.m. and another at 3 p.m.
Join owner and winemaker, Jay Raffaldini for a guided tour of the scenic winery. Learn the ins and outs of how the Raffaldini team crafts award-winning wines, as well as go step-by-step through the winemaking process. 
General Admission – $30 per person includes glass of wine.
This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit them online at www.raffaldini.com, call 336.526.1078 or email info@raffaldini.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.

Amore: The Language of Love
Sunday, Feb. 11; 1 - 3 p.m.
Grab your sweetie and head to Raffaldini in a celebration of love.
Admission is free, but please RSVP as space is limited.  Stop by the tasting room, visit their website, call 336.526.1078 or email info@raffaldini.com for more information or to make a reservation.

La Ruzzola Del Formaggio - Cheese Roll
Saturday March 31; 1 - 3 p.m.
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. A cheese rolling will be held at 1 p.m, 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. 
Contact the winery for additional information.

Four Season Spring Dinner
Saturday, April 14; 6 - 9 p.m.
Raffaldini's 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 presented during the evening to enhance your enjoyment. This is an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed and casual atmosphere to share in food and award-winning wine.
Cost is $95 + tax per person and is all-inclusive.
This event is for those age 21 and over. To reserve your spot, visit Raffaldini online, call 336.526.1078, or visit their tasting room.
Cancellations 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.

Take a Hike with Jay Raffaldini
Sunday, April 15; 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join Jay Raffaldini on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property!  Wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning out.  Hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup and crusty breads--of course accompanied by wine!  $50 + tax per person includes hike, lunch and two glasses of wine. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit www.raffaldini.com, call 336.526.1078 or email info@raffaldini.com for more information or to make your reservation.

Cancellations 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.

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 info@raffaldini.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 the tunes of a local musician. Celebrate summer with an eclectic mix of music and make a day of it with a picnic from a fully-stocked deli case.

 

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

Jasper's New Year's Eve Dinner (Live Music by None of the Above Band)
Sunday, Dec. 31; Seating at 5 and 7:30 p.m.
Reservations Required
Cost: $39 per guest

Enjoy a special New Year's Eve dinner at Jasper's Southern Southern Farmstead Restaurant at Sanders Ridge. Chef Jared Tipton and Chef Timothy Grandinetti of Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, in Winston-Salem serve farmstead cooking in partnership with Randers Ridge Winery & Organic Farm. The restaurant presents meals and recipes that have been handed down from generation to generation, rich in both history and flavor.

New Year's Eve Menu:

Entrees

  • Carved Brown Sugar & Bourbon Glazed Pork Loin w/ Maple Apple Chutney
  • Shaved Prime Ribs of Beef au jus with Mushroom Bread Pudding
  • Whole Roasted Sides of Salmon with Petite Shrimp, Lemon, Hard-Cooked Egg & Fresh Herbs

Soup & Salad

  • Cast Iron Cauldron of Creamy Shrimp Bisque with Skillet Cornbread & Sweet Butter
  • Fresh, Crisp Salad Greens & Fresh Vegetables served with a selection of dressings & vinaigrettes

Sides

  • Broccoli & Cauliflower Gratin with Buttermilk Biscuit & Pimento Cheese Crust
  • Beans & Collard Greens with Country Ham, Tomato & Bacon Jam
  • Traditional Hoppin' John with Chef-Crafted Kielbasa Sausage
  • Rosemary & Garlic Roasted Baby Red Potatoes

Dessert

  • Signature Warm Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding with Caramel Drizzle

Call the winery at 336.677.177 to reserve your spot. 

 

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.

 

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 

 

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