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.
Annual Festivals Celebrating Yadkin Valley Wines
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.
NC Fine Wines Showcase Event
Saturday, Feb. 18; 6 p.m.
Location: Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem
Cost: $125/person (plus online service charge)
Hosted by the North Carolina Fine Wines Society, the NC Fine Wines Competition is judged by advanced and master sommeliers, and selects the top 12 wines that will comprise the North Carolina Fine Wines Case for 2017. You are invited to attend this highly anticipated awards gala in downtown Winston-Salem. Come in your semi or formal attire and enjoy a six-course NC wine pairing dinner prepared by by Chef Patrick Rafferty.
The North Carolina Fine Wines Society is an NC Nonprofit that has two goals, to help promote the quality of NC Fine Wines and to raise scholarship money for future North Carolina wine industry professionals.
To learn more about the North Carolina Fine Wines Society, click here.
To purchase your gala ticket, click here.
Special Overnight Hotel Rates Available!
Turn your evening into a weekend affair by taking advantage of any one of these wonderful hotel overnight rates. The North Carolina Fine Wine Society has partnered with the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, and walking distance from the Millennium Center, and the historic Graylyn Estate located along the picturesque Reynolda Mile - just three miles from downtown.
Book your special rate for The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel here.
Book accommodations at The Graylyn Estate by calling (800) 472-9596 and mention the North Carolina Fine Wines Society room rate for February 17 and 18, 2017.
Learn more about the goals of the North Carolina Fine Wine Society in the video below featuring Barbara Raffaldini of Raffaldini Vineyards and Susan Elster from the Winston-Salem Foundation.
Upcoming Events Happening at the Wineries
(Wineries below listed in alphabetical order.)
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.
Afternoon with the Winemaker
Saturday, Feb. 4; Sessions at 1 & 3 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person includes a glass of Raffaldini wine
Owner and winemaker Jay Raffaldini and assistant winemaker Katy Kidd welcome you as they guide a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery from harvest to bottle. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to tour the winery at Raffaldini Vineyards as they prepare to bottle their most popular new releases. As a guest, you will learn the Raffaldini process of crafting award-winning wines.
Ages 21+ only.
Online tickets for 1 p.m. session available online here.
Online tickets for 3 p.m. session available onine here.
For more information call 336.526.1078 or email email@example.com.
*Cancelations 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.
Raffaldini Wine Dinner at Providence Restaurant
Friday, Feb. 10; 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $70/Individual; $120/Couples
Location: Providence Restaurant
5790 University Parkway, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Savor a Raffaldini wine pairing dinner at local Providence Restaurant Friday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. Chef Jeff Bacon prepares a decadent six-course meal paired with specially selected Raffaldini wine. Housed inside the DoubleTree Hotel, Providence recently opened in 2016 and is operated by culinary students and graduates trained under the direction of Chef Bacon.
Tickets are available online. $70 per individual and $120 for couples. Purchase tickets online here.
Menu for the evening:
Smoked Salmon Tartare in baked phyllo cup with red onion crème fraiche
Wine: La Dolce Vita
Roasted Beet Salad with arugula , grapefruit segment , citrus vinaigrette
Wine: Pinot Grigio
Duck Fat Poached Monkfish, tomato ragu, garlic chip
Gnocchi with house made crispy smoked lonza and heritage Italian sausage ragu
Wine: Bella Misto
Braised Short Rib, parmigiano reggiano polenta , charred tomato natural ju
Wine: Montepulciano Riserva
Meyer lemon panna cotta, macerated blackberry gravel
For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine!
Saturday, Feb. 11; Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 12; 1 - 5 p.m.
Raffaldini Vineyards and the Vineyards of Swan Creek celebrate Valentine's Day as each vineyard pairs one of their wines with a Valentine's Day sweet. At Raffaldini Vineyards, enjoy a complimentary sample of their house-made Sangiovese-wine infused chocolate brownie paired with a tasting of an award-winning Raffaldini wine. A delicious way to start off your romantic weekend! This event is for ages 21 and up.
For more information, call 336.526.1078 or visit them online.
Amore! The Language of Love
Sunday, Feb.12; 1 & 3 p.m.
Free Admission (RSVPs requested)
Raffaldini Vineyards invites you to learn and share in the Italian culture and to take home essential tips on Italian customs that you may need to know should you be traveling to Italy, or just showing off your appreciation for the culture! This year's Amore workshop is a one-hour session held on the second floor of Villa Raffaldini at 1 and 3 p.m.
Admission is free, but please RSVP as space is limited. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.
RSVP now for the 1 p.m. workshop.
RSVP now for the 3 p.m. workshop.
3577 Highway 158
Mocksville, NC 27028
Love the Wine You're With
Saturday, Feb. 11; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Join RayLen and "love the wine you're with!" During the season of love, RayLen invites you to share in decadent truffle and wine pairings with a complimentary souvenir glass to take home. Peruse local vendors while enjoying your chocolate and mingling among friends. To make your reservation please call the tasting room at 336-998-3100 or click here to order online.
Fat Saturday Gumbo Festival
Saturday, Feb. 25; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $10/advance ticket; $15/At the gate
Celebrate Mardi Gras at RayLen Winery with an authentic Cajun Zydeco band, Bayou Diesel, and delicious authentic New Orleans style Seafood Gumbo. Search for a baby in your very own piece of king cake and enjoy a complimentary glass of RayLen's award-winning wines.
Your ticket includes entry, one bowl of gumbo, a slice of king cake and a complimentary glass of wine. Full Moon Oyster Bar will also have char-grilled oysters for purchase.
This event is for guests 21 years of age and older. Lawn chairs are permitted.Please no outside food or alcohol.
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.
Fifth Annual Cupid's Celebration
Friday, Feb. 10 - Tuesday, Feb. 14; Times vary.
Join Shelton Vineyards for a special weekend in celebration of love and friendship during the Fifth Annual Cupid's Celebration. Wine tastings are offered all day long with special reserve tastings offered at designated times. Share the special occasion with the one you love.
Cupid's Reserve Tastings available daily at noon and 4 p.m.
Enjoy a tasting of Shelton's reserve wines along with a heart shaped truffle. This tasting is featured throughout Valentines weekend and includes a guided tour of the 33,000 square foot winery with an overview of the winemaking process and a souvenir crystal wine glass.
Cost: $35 per person
Cupid's Reserve Indulgence Tasting available daily at 2 p.m. only.
Bring on the chocolate! Give your Valentine something extra special this year with an indulgent tasting of reserve wine along with an abundance of chocolate truffles. This tasting is featured throughout Shelton's Valentines weekend and also includes a guided tour of the winery and overview of the winemaking process, along with a souvenir crystal wine glass.
Cost: $40 per person
To make reservations for reserve tastings contact Angela Hooker at 336-366-4724 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sixth Annual Spring Fling
Saturday, April 8; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
Shelton hosts the Sixth annual Spring Fling. Hundreds attend the annual event and enjoy free winery tours and tastings of Shelton's award-winning wines. Local artisans and craftsmen are onsite selling handcrafted items. Savor a fresh meal at Harvest Grill Express, serving food and wine for purchase while you enjoy music and shopping.
British Car Gathering
Saturday, April 22; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming! Spend your Saturday afternoon at Shelton Vineyards for the Southeast's largest display of vintage automobiles. More than 200 British cars are on display on the grounds of Shelton Vineyards. Collectors and admirers alike enjoy viewing the Austin Healeys, Jags, MG's, Triumphs, Bentleys and more. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, a picnic basket if you like, sip some of Shelton's refreshing wines on a beautiful Spring day while enjoying beautiful design. Shelton's Harvest Grill restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner as well as the winery for tours and tastings.
Bites & Blues at the Vineyard
Saturday, May 6; 1 - 4 p.m.
Join Shelton for an afternoon of Bites & Blues on the terrace at Shelton Vineyards. Sip and swirl your favorite wines while listening to live blues music. "Pinics on the go" are also available for purchase at the Harvest Grill.
Sunset Concert Series featuring The Breakfast Club
Saturday, May 20; 6 - 9 p.m.
Shelton Vineyards kicks off their Sunset Concert Series with The Breakfast Club band rocking out 80's hit songs. Advance ticket sales are available online for $20 per person. Guests may purchase a season pass for $80 which includes all six concerts, six complimentary winery tours, and six individual tastings. To purchase tickets online click here.
Day of concert tickets are available for $25 per person.
For additional information and specific concert rules and regulations, visit the Shelton Vineyards website.
For more information about The Breakfast Club, please visit their website.
Corvette Auto Show
Saturday, May 27; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Let the wind blow through your hair with a glass of wine in your hand. Shelton Vineyards host their annual Corvette Auto Show Saturday, May 27. Enjoy lunch or dinner from the onsite Harvest Grill Express, or you can bring your own picnic and enjoy the beautiful Shelton Vineyards grounds, as well as the Corvettes on display.
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.
Saturday, Feb. 4; 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Calling all pop culture followers, sports fanatics, science buffs and self-proclaimed historians! Bring your friends and family to join Westbend for a night of fun at trivia at the winery. Sip on a glass of bright white wines, bold reds, or robust craft beers.
Valentine's Wine Dinner and Red Release
Saturday, Feb. 11; 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Cost: TBD - Check back soon or contact the winery directly!
Treat that special someone in your life to an unforgettable evening at Westbend's inaugural Valentine's Wine Dinner and Red Release. Cozy up to an intimate dinner setting in the new barrel room and enjoy the chance and being among the first to taste the newly released Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese releases.
More details to come.
Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12; Noon - 7 p.m.
Whether it's an apertif before dinner or a cap to the perfect lunch date, spend a meaningful evening at Westbend enjoying the simple, yet magical pairing of wine and chocolate. Valentine's day in Winston-Salem just got a lot sweeter.
Cigars & Sips
Friday, Feb. 17; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person (Includes cigar and choice of glass of wine or beer)
Did you know the right cigar pairing can enhance the flavors and aromas of your drink? Join winemaker and brewmaster Ethan Brown and assistant winemaker Ryan Blinkhorn for a laid back evening of warm smokes and a great beverage.
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