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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 2020 Tours:
- Saturday, Jan 11: Winter Fireplace
- Saturday, Feb. 15: Valentine's Weekend
- Saturday, April 11: Spring Break Buds
- Saturday, May 9: Mother's Celebration
- Saturday, June 20: Father's Celebration
- Saturday, July 18: Sangria
- Saturday, Aug. 15: Summer's End
- Saturday, Sept. 5: Harvest #1
- Saturday, Sept. 19: Harvest #2
- Saturday, Oct. 10: Fall Colors #1
- Saturday, Oct. 24: Fall Colors #2
- Saturday, Nov. 7: 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.
Winter Weekends 2020
Every Saturday & Sunday January - February
Escape the winter blues in the Grand Pavilion for fun sips and bites! Enjoy live music performances on Saturdays and games on Sundays. Grab-and-go brunch items will be available for purchase, plus mimosas, wine, and beer.
Pavilion brunch offered 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Music performance 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Saturdays) and Trivia/Bingo 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Sundays)
*Reservations not needed; Seating is first-come, first-serve.
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 Noon - 5 p.m; Closed Tuesdays.
Food Truck Saturdays and Sundays
Select Saturdays; Noon - 4 p.m.
Pair your Raffaldini wine with fare from local food trucks serving classic Italian dishes.
Chocolates & Cheers: Wine & Dessert Pairing
Sunday, January 12; 1 - 3 p.m.
The perfect pairing! Wine and dessert! Join us for this 2 hour event where we will pair four Raffaldini wines with four decadent desserts from Pastry Chef Ann Medlin, of Catering by Ann. Learn about the ingredients and preparation of each dessert and why they pair perfectly with each wine.
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.
Live Music: Jesse Black Guitar
Monday, May 25; Noon - 4 p.m.
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Cost: $40 plus tax
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.