Tucked away in the northwest corner of North Carolina, the Yadkin Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) covers 1.4 million acres of Appalachian foothills and is home to nearly 50 wineries today. Historically known for its tobacco production, the agricultural area has since become a prime location for growing a variety of wine grapes, including a number of native muscadine and scuppernong species.
As North Carolina’s first American Viticultural Area (est. 1860), Yadkin Valley is now neighbor to both Swan Creek (including some geographic overlap) and Haw River Valley AVAs within the state’s Piedmont region.
A range of microclimates and soil types make this geographic area ideal for viticulture, and has resulted in many award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Merlot and Viognier wines nationwide.
Warm and dry conditions along the valley’s northern border yield rich and robust reds, while the valley’s southern half produces refreshing whites due to moderately cool and wet conditions. Gravelly loam soils commonly found throughout the region’s vineyards offer little nutrients to grapevines and allow for optimal soil drainage. This combination creates high-quality, concentrated grapes with bold flavors that local growers pride themselves on.
Comparable to the Rhone River Valley of southern France, the valley’s hilly elevation and long, warm growing season paired with moderate rainfall largely contributes to its winemaking success.
Not just for wine lovers, Yadkin Valley also welcomes outdoor enthusiasts in search of hiking, biking, and camping adventures. With stunning Blue Ridge Mountain views to the west, visitors can expect a laid back and relaxed taste of southern hospitality during their visit to the region. Cheers!
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1. Slightly Askew Winery
CW Score: 93.9
Address: 913 N Bridge St Elkin, NC 28621
Overview: Based in Yadkin Valley, this winery offers a large selection of fruit wines, red, and white wines to satisfy each and every person’s palate. The cheerful, yellow brick tasting room is open for tastings Thursdays through Sundays. Kick back and relax with a flight, glass, or bottle of wine on their heated, covered porch.
On occasion, the winery features live music, so be sure to check out the website before you go to possibly catch some great tunes to go with their fine wines!
2. MenaRick Vineyard & Winery
Overview: Specializing in Spanish and Portuguese varieties, MenaRick is a family-owned 40-acre winery in the foothills of the Yadkin Valley. They are currently growing 8 different grape varieties, including Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Albariño, Grenache, Tempranillo, and Touriga Nacional.
The winery doesn’t serve food, but invites you to pack a picnic, grab a bottle or glass of wine, and enjoy their wonderful, panoramic views of the vineyard. MenaRick is open Fridays through Sundays.
3. Weathervane Winery
CW Score: 91.6
Overview: This spectacular, award-winning winery offers fun and comfortable wine tastings for all wine lovers, no matter your level of wine knowledge. The friendly and passionate staff walk you through your tasting with delight, always ensuring you have a great time in the process!
The tasting room is open everyday except Monday, and no reservations are required. Take a wander into the wine gift shop while you’re at it, and pick up some fun and creative souvenirs or gifts.
4. Hanover Park Vineyard
CW Score: 90.3
Overview: Drinking in the natural setting beneath ancient oaks, former art teachers Michael and Amy Helton bring a love for Old World style wines to the table in their 1897 farmhouse, now converted into a tasting room and art gallery. Located just minutes from downtown Yadkinville, Hanover Park bottles a number of red wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin and a Mourvedre that patrons rave about.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, come bask in a lazy afternoon of wine tasting, live music, and educational chats with the owners – you might even learn something new!
5. Haze Gray Vineyards
CW Score: 89.6
Address: 761 Stony Knoll Rd Dobson, NC 27017
Overview: Less than 14 miles from Pilot Mountain in the Stony Knoll community of Dobson, Haze Gray Vineyards sits on 85 acres of certified Home Grown by Heroes farmland owned by retired Naval flight officer Deane and his wife Becky.
Producing award-winning Chardonnay, Traminette, and their signature Aviator Red, along with a delightful array of peach, cherry and blackberry wines, this military friendly establishment serves up “taste flights” in their family style tasting room Thursday through Sunday.
6. Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery
CW Score: 87.3
Overview: Established as North Carolina’s first USDA-Certified Organic vineyard and winery in 2005, Carolina Heritage Vineyard is a home away from home in the heart of Yadkin Valley, just northeast of Elkin. The property’s original 1928 “Olde Farmhouse” is now an Airbnb near the tasting room, where guests can enjoy vineyard tours and tastings on Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment.
Be ready to sit back and sip a Native Sangria, Dry Red, or Scandinavian Glogg (a visitor favorite) in your rocking chair on the porch while overlooking the vineyard and Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance.
7. Curran Alexander Vineyards
CW Score: 87.0
Overview: Growing European varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Pinot Grigio just 20 minutes from Winston-Salem, the historical 1800s homestead of Curran Alexander Snider and his progeny continues to thrive as a working farm and vineyard today.
The pet-friendly property offers tastings and select pours by the glass on Saturday and Sunday in their rustic tasting room, around the outdoor fire pit, or while exploring the site’s many historical markers.
8. Dobbins Creek Vineyards
CW Score: 85.9
Overview: This boutique vineyard sits atop Hemric Mountain in Hamptonville where guests have stunning views from the tasting room deck, as cool summer breezes accompany tastings of Dry Rosé, Sweet Riesling, and Barrel Fermented Chardonnay. In colder months, warm up inside by the giant stone fireplace with a glass of Hemric Mountain Red, Merlot, or Cabernet Sauvignon.
Perched atop five secluded acres, the pet & picnic friendly vineyard is a quiet escape from the hustle and grind, affectionately known as the “Dobbins Creek Experience.”
9. Midnight Magdalena Vineyards
CW Score: 85.2
Overview: Named after the family’s beloved dog, Midnight Magdalena Vineyards sits at the northern tip of the Swan Creek AVA in Yadkin Valley where dry wines reign supreme. With over 20 wineries within 15 miles of the Tasting House in Jonesville, visitors will relish the beautiful scenic drives and local hikes during their stay.
The concrete patio is pet friendly with covered tables and seating where wine lovers can sample tastings or flights of Corot Noir, Moschofilero, and Tempranillo.
10. Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery
CW Score: 81.6
Overview: Wine connoisseurs and nature lovers converge at Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery, located north of Elkin near Hwy 21. Overnight lodging is available in the site’s Klondike Cabins where visitors can retire after a day of tasting award-winning Riesling, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Chardonnay, or Viognier – all processed, aged, and bottled by hand in Grassy Creek’s renovated dairy barn.
A “Forest Bathing” hiking trail accompanies the 60-acre property, along with an outdoor pavilion, pond, and renovated red barn that is now a tasting room where live music, events, and games make for a fun and festive experience.
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