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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 23, 2020
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, May 30, 2020
Downtown Winston-Salem (Fourth Street)
The Texas Pete Spirits of Summer festival returns for its third year May 30, 2020 kicking 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 the name of the winery.)
Yadkin Valley Wine Tours
Select Saturdays; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tour the Yadkin Valley wineries with an expert as your guide. Get a behind the scenes look at the vineyard operations, and delightful tastings as you visit 3 - 4 wineries, along with a stop for lunch. Whether you're looking for a fun girlfriend getaway, exciting date idea, or just want to try out some new wines, there's plenty of themed tour options for you to choose from.
Here's a Preview of 2019 Tours:
- Saturday, Oct. 12: Fall Colors Wine Tour 1
- Saturday, Oct. 26: Fall Colors Wine Tour 2
- Saturday, Nov. 9: Give Thanks
Departure Info (Choose either departure location):
10 a.m.: Fairfield Inn & Suites (628 Cc Camp Road, 268 Bypass, Elkin, NC 28621)
10:15 a.m.: Hampton Inn Hotel (1632 North Carolina 67, Highway, Jonesville, NC 28642)
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
Tours may be canceled up to two weeks prior to any tour for any reason. Any ticket cancellations within two weeks will result in a raincheck or a gift certificate issued. Wine tour tickets and gift certificates are not refundable after purchase.
Music in the Vineyards
Every Saturday & Sunday through October 27
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.
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.
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.
An Afternoon in Tuscany
Sunday, October 6; 1 - 3 p.m.
Enjoy a lovely lunch (Pranzo) followed by a stroll through the vines and concert amongst the vines.
Grilled Breast of Chicken with artichoke salad, sundried tomato, capers, fresh herbs
Torta Della Nonna (lemon-ricotta pastry cream, pine nuts, flaky pastry)
Fresh Strawberries with 18yr Balsamic, fresh basil, whipped mascarpone
This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit Raffaldini's website, or call 336.526.1078 to make a reservation.
Four Seasons Fall Dinner - SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 12; 6:30 - 9 p.m.
The Four Seasons Wine Tasting Dinners are held Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and are hosted by Owner Jay Raffaldini. Each dinner features four seasonal food courses and four specially chosen wines to complement the food. Culinary and wine descriptions will be given during the evening to enhance your enjoyment. This is an opportunity to share your food and wine passion amongst friends, old and new. The atmosphere will be relaxed and casual with a focus on meeting new friends and enjoying la dolce vita.
Take a Hike
Sunday, October 13; 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $50 plus tax
Join owner Jay Raffaldini on a moderate hike around the Raffaldini property. Be sure to wear sensible walking shoes and prepare yourself for a delightful morning out. This autumn hike will be followed by a hearty luncheon of soup, crusty breads and of course, Raffaldini wines.
Ticket cost includes the hike, lunch and two glasses of wine.
The Italian Kitchen: Cooking Demonstration
Sunday, October 27; 1 - 3 p.m.
Cost: $50 plus tax
Join Raffaldini for an afternoon of wine and food as Executive Chef Corey Hooks, demonstrates two signature Italian recipes. Learn some helpful tips from Chef Corey and watch as he guides you through the preparation of two courses.
Price includes the cooking demonstration, food sampling, two glasses of wine and recipe cards.
Assemblaggio Blending Trials
Every Saturday and Sunday; November 2 - 23
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Cost: $40 plus tax
The reds are ready for blending and the team at Raffaldini needs you to help determine the blend for the Raffaldini Grande Riserva. Each session is a two-hour education wine experience led by owner Jay Raffaldini in the winery barrel room. Each blend you create is carefully analyzed, sampled and may inspire the new vintage of Grande Riserva.
This is an opportunity for guests to hone their winemaking knowledge and ability, learn more about grape varietals, and make a few new friends in the process. To reserve online, click here or call the winery at 336.526.1078.
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.