Wine Trail: Eastern North Carolina
Cypress Bend Vineyards – www.cypressbendvineyards.com
21904 Riverton Rd., Wagram, NC 28396; 910-369-0411
Enjoy the spacious veranda, Jazzy Fridays and many other events held here. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the patio or taking a stroll through the vineyard, you’ll love the signature stately cypress trees and award-winning wines.
Duplin Winery - www.duplinwinery.com
505 N. Sycamore St., Rose Hill, NC 28458; 910-289-3888, 800-774-9634
Discover the muscadine wines that have made Duplin the largest winery in the Southeast. Look to the Bistro for inspiration on pairing the wines with seasonal dishes, and don’t miss their dinner theater and musical shows.
Winery at Iron Gate Farm – www.irongatevineyards.com
2540 Lynch Store Rd., Mebane, NC 27302; 919-304-9463
The sandy soil of northern Alamance County, along with carefully tended vines, produces wines with unique textures and flavors. Enjoy music in the courtyard as well as their pond and fishing pier.
Childress Vineyards – www.childressvineyards.com
1000 Childress Vineyards Rd., Lexington, NC 27295; 336-236-9463
Richard Childress, a North Carolina native who made his name as a NASCAR driver, owns Yadkin Valley's southernmost winery. Expertly crafted wines go everywhere, from Charlotte to the Barbecue Festival in Lexington. The 35,000-square-foot, Italian Renaissance-style winery is a popular destination and features a delicious bistro.