Wine Trail: Yadkin Valley
Yadkin Valley - www.yadkinvalleywinecountry.com
Round Peak Vineyards – www.roundpeak.com
765 Round Peak Church Rd., Mount Airy, NC 27030; 336-352-5595
Taste award-winning wines that are all estate bottled, using only the grapes grown in their vineyard.
McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks - www.mcritchiewine.com
315 Thurmond Post Office Rd., Thurmond, NC 28683; 336-874-3003
This winery crafts small batches of excellent wines that have earned a place on menus across the state, as well as hard ciders sourced from apple orchards in the nearby Brushy Mountains.
Shelton Vineyards – www.sheltonvineyards.com
286 Cabernet Lane, Dobson, NC 27017; 336-366-4724
In the northern Yadkin Valley, brothers Charlie and Ed Shelton envisioned the transformation of a 383-acre dairy farm into a destination winery. Craftsmanship matches ambition with their award-winning wines and the Harvest Grill; hiking trails, special events and lodging complete the picture.
RagApple Lassie Vineyards – www.ragapplelassie.com
3724 RagApple Lassie Lane, Boonville, NC 27011; 366-367-6000, 866-RagApple
The atmosphere at this winery is just as genuine and unique as the name, which came from the owner’s prized Holstein calf. Visitors flock here for the stories, internationally lauded wines, lunch at the café, live music and more.
Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery - www.raffaldini.com
450 Groce Rd., Ronda, NC 28670; 336-835-9463
The vineyards and Tuscan-style villa with their Brushy Mountains setting rank as one of North Carolina’s most scenic destinations. As befits a place with such beauty and Old World charm, this Swan Creek vineyard crafts outstanding Italian wines.