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
North Carolina Wine Festival
Memorial Day Weekend; Saturday, May 28, 2016
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 30 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.
Advance tickets are $21.45/person plus taxes and fees. Purchase your ticket online here: http://www.ncwinefestival.com/buy-tickets/.
Tickets at the gate are $30/person plus tax. Ages 21 and over only.
Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Downtown Winston-Salem (Fourth Street)
Salute! NC Wine Celebration celebrates 11 years in downtown Winston-Salem, Saturday, June 4, 2016, 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. Last year's festival hosted celebrity Southern chef, Virginia Willis in "An Evening with Southern Food, Chef Demonstration, Wine Tasting & Small Bites."
A number of downtown hotel properties offer special Salute! packages in Winston-Salem during festival time. Visit SaluteNCWine.com to learn more about this festival and stay up-to-date for a complete festival week schedule.
Events Happening at the Wineries
1000 Childress Vineyards Road
Lexington, NC 27295
Saturday, March 26; Noon and 3 p.m.
The hunt is on! Join Childress for the annual Cork Hunt in the search of the golden cork. This adults only event is sure to get you in the Easter spirit. Prizes are awarded to first, second and third place winners.
No reservations are needed, but event is limited to the first 80 individuals. Registration takes place one hour before the hunts begin under the gazebo located at the front corner of the winery.
First Place: $100 gift card
Second Place: $50 gift card
Third Place: $25 gift card.
This event is weather permitting.
Sip Into Spring
Friday, April 1; 5 - 8 p.m.
Enjoy live tunes and a special tasting on Childress' past five vintages. For $5 (no April Fools here), you can enjoy a tasting of five signature wines from one of North Carolina's most acknowledged vineyards. Dine for dinner in the Bistro (reservations recommended) for a menu featuring handcrafted entrées selected by their head chef to pair with new wines.
Vinyasa in the Vines Yoga Class
Sunday, April 10; 11 a.m.
Located in Childress' Banquet Hall
Engage your mind, body and spirit and treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon at Childress Vineyards for an hour-long, guided yoga class. Beginners and experienced participants are welcome.
Class is $20 per person and includes a glass of wine.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat. Please call Jennie Hess to reserve your spot at 336.236.9463 ext. 332.
Bayou & Bluegrass
Friday, April 29; 6 - 10 p.m.
Don't miss Childress' inaugural Bayou and Bluegrass event! Let loose for a night of Southern swank with a classic low country shrimp boil under the outdoor pavilion. Shake a leg to the live bluegrass music provided by Whiskey Rebellion.
General admission: $12/person; does not include food and beverage (though is available for purchase on-site)
Premier Table for Four: $120; Package reserves a table for four and includes admission, a souvenir glass and a beverage ticket for each guest. A goodie basket awaits you for your enjoyment throughout the night.
Premier Table for Six: $180; Package reserves a table for six and includes admission, a souvenir glass and a beverage ticket for each guest. A goodie basket awaits you for your enjoyment throughout the night.
Premier packages will produce one printable ticket per table upon purchase.
*Prices do not include taxes and fees.
For guests ages 21 and up only.
Mother's Day Buffet
Sunday, May 8; 11 a.m.
Treat mom to a beautiful Mother's Day Buffet featuring more than 20 delicious items. Arrive early to grab terrace seating before it fills.
Call the winery for reservations and more details at (336) 236-9463.
Father's Day Lunch Buffet
Sunday, June 19; 11 a.m.
Treat mom dad to a lovely Father's Day Buffet at Childress Winery with more than 20 tasty items to choose from. Arrive early to secure terrace seating before it fills.
Call the winery for reservations and more details at (336) 236-9463.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details and reservations.
Cost: $50/per adult, $40/child under age 18.
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.
VOSCA Spring Herb Celebration
Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1; Noon - 5 p.m. daily
Join the Vineyards of Swan Creek to taste sensational bites prepared with each vineyard’s signature herb that is then paired with a wine from each of the six vineyards. Each card is good for two 1 ounce food & wine tastings and a 4-inch potted herb from each vineyard.
Cost:$30 + tax per couple.
Ages 21+ only. Stop by the tasting room, visit www.raffaldini.com, call 336.526.1078 or email email@example.com for more information or to make a reservation.
Sagra Delle Salsicce
Saturday, May 7; 1 - 3 p.m.
Enjoy a traditional Italian-style afternoon of food and wine as Raffaldini fires up the grill for salsicce (sausages), sip award-winning wines and play bocce at the winery. Vineyard owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini is your host for the afternoon that is sure to be a relaxed, social setting.
Price: $35 plus tax per person; 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 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 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.
765 Round Peak Church Road
Mt. Airy, NC 27030
Hours: Open Daily | Sun. – Thurs. noon - 5 p.m., Friday noon - 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (and until Sunset June–Aug)
All other times by appointment only.
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.
Sunset Concert Series
May - September
The annual Shelton Vineyards Sunset Concert series is held outdoors monthly from May through September. The series features the best in beach, top 40 and swing music. Enjoy a Saturday evening at the vineyard with excellent wine, food, music and dancing.
Tickets purchased in advance are $20 and the day of the concert $25 at the gate. (Tickets are sent through the US Mail so the last day to order is always on the Monday prior to a Saturday concert date.)
For more information about Shelton Vineyards' concert series or other special events please call (336) 366-4724.
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