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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, Aug. 10: Summer's End
- Saturday, Sept. 12: Harvest Wine Tour 1
- Saturday, Sept. 28: Harvest Wine Tour 2
- 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.
Yadkin Summer Whites Weekend
August 24 - 25, 2019 // Saturday from noon - 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 5 p.m.
Cost: $30 per person (must puchase no later than August 21, 2019)
Reigster online here.
Enjoy a weekend of wonderful wine, food and entertainment in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region, North Carolina's largest and oldest AVA. The Yadkin Summer Whites Weekend features six local wineries, all pouring their "Summer white" wine paired with a 3 oz. food sampling. Each ticket holder is assigned a starting winery where they receive a souvenir wine glass and a map. The ticket is good for both days with one visit at each winery.
Participating Wineries & Menu:
Brandon Hills Vineyard serving Chicken Salad Sliders paired with Viognier
Cellar 4201 serving Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs paired with Stainless Chardonnay
Flint Hill Vineyards serving Strawberry Cobbler paired with Lightly Oaked Chardonnay
Midnight Magdalena Vineyard serving Avocado Shrimp Mango Stack paired with Traminette
RagApple Lassie Vineyards serving Turkey Smoked Gouda & Apple Finger Sandwiches with Cranberry Mayonnaise paired with Kaleidoscope Gold
Sanders Ridge Vineyard serving Roasted Garden Fresh Plum Tomatoes with an Herbed Balsamic Reduction on a Crostini paired with Trillium
Fall Red Wine Release
Saturday, Sept. 28; Noon - 5 p.m.
Join Brandon Hills Vineyard for their annual fall wine release of the newest vintage of Berbera. While there, enjoy live music from James Vincent Carroll and grab a bite to eat from Wild Willies Food Truck.
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.
Finally Fridays: Dinner at The Bistro
Every Friday through August 30; 3 - 8 p.m.
Enjoy extended dining hours every Friday evening in August. Start your weekend with Dinner in the Bistro with a prime rib special, along with wine tastings, shopping and relaxing on the patio. Childress' Bistro will be open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. with dinner beginning at 3 p.m.
Half-price glasses of wine and wine slushies all day.
Half-price Bistro appetizers 3 - 6 p.m.
Bistro dinner reservations are highly recommended. Childress does not accept reservations for wine tastings. The prime rib special is available during dinner hours only.
Hot Havana Nights
Saturday, August 24; 7 - 10 p.m.
Cost: Tickets start at $5. Purchase online here.
Ladies grab your salsa shoes and fellas put on your best fedora because Childress Vineyards is taking you to la capitol de Cuba. Fire up your baby blue Bel-Air for a festive night in Havana. Enjoy wine, beer, and bites. Entertainment is provided by DJ Big Pop Productions.
Must be 21 years or older to attend. Event is held rain or shine.
Tickets are non-refundable and blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. No outside coolers, food, beverages, or pets. Gate opens at 6pm.
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.
Vine to Wine: Raffaldini Vineyards Immersive Experience
Friday, September 6; 9:30a.m. - 7 p.m.
Cost: $375 per person. Register online here.
Set in the heart of the highly award-winning Yadkin Valley wine appellation, amid lush vineyard and mountain views, Raffaldini Vineyards’ Tuscan-style estate embodies La Dolce Vita. True oenophiles are offered the chance to participate in the day to day activities of the vineyard and winery during the grape harvest with winemaker and vineyard owner Jay Raffaldini.
Raffaldini Farmers Market
Sunday, September 15; Noon - 4 p.m.
Celebrate all the season has to offer as you meet and shop with local farmers on the grounds of Raffaldini Vineyards. In addition to magnificent vineyard and mountain views, attendees have the opportunity to sample and purchase locally sourced produce, cheese and baked goods. Opt to pair your wines with a picnic from the fully-stocked deli case in the tasting room.
14th Annual Festa Italiana
Saturday September 21; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person
Visit Raffaldini Vineyards for their annual Italian Festival. This day-long event is a celebration of Italian culture, food, art, music, and of course wine.
Tickets are $15 per person and include parking, admission to the festival, commemorative Festa Italiana wine glass, and either a tasting of three Raffaldini wines or a glass of wine.
Here's a sample of attending food vendors:
Barone Meat ball truck
Gianno’s Brick Oven Pizza
Porchetta food truck
Snack wagon food truck
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.