Uwharrie Mountains Wine Trail

A Charlotte-Area Day Trip

Uwharrie Mountains Wine Trail

The wineries on this trail offer varietal wines as well as those made from muscadine grapes

Named for the ancient mountains that rise to the northeast, the wineries on the Uwharrie Mountains Wine Trail use geography to their full advantage. They offer varietal wines similar to the Yadkin Valley wineries to the north and they also make wine from the muscadine grapes that are prevalent to the east.

Less than 45 miles separate four wineries along the Uwharrie Mountains Wine Trail, making it ideal for you to enjoy a day trip involving all or most wineries. The trail winds from Salisbury, which is just 45 minutes to the northeast of Charlotte, and heads southeast to Albemarle near the Uwharrie National Forest. It ends on top of Stony Mountain, where you can toast the panoramic views of the Uwharrie Mountains and the lower Yadkin Valley.

From Salisbury to Albemarle, varied winery options for this day trip include:

Old Stone Winery

Salisbury
Founded in 2001 and currently owned and operated by Army veterans Darin and Naomi Griffin, Old Stone Winery is a 130-acre estate with 20 acres of muscadine grapes making award-winning wines. The winery also sources wine grapes as locally as possible, with many grapes from around Rowan County. Along with varied Muscadine offerings and several fruit wines (think blackberry and more), you’ll likely find Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Seyval Blanc, Chardonnay and more. There are tours, a tasting room and a gift shop.

From Interstate 85: Exit at U.S. Highway 52 South in Salisbury (Exit 76). Old Stone Winery is on Highway 52, just two miles south of the town of Granite Quarry.

Uwharrie Vineyards

Albemarle
With about 70 acres planted in grapes, Uwharrie Vineyards carries a wide variety of wines in its tasting room and gift shop. During tastings and tours, you’ll learn about the unique style of red and white wines made here, as well as blush wines, fruit wines and port-style wines. Live music events are frequent in the formal banquet hall and also on the large outside patio. Plus the winery's chef enjoys doing the food pairings with the wines.

Continue south on U.S. 52 for 18 miles. Take a right, then an immediate left onto Austin Road. Stay on Austin Road for five miles to arrive at Uwharrie Vineyards.

Dennis Vineyards

Albemarle
With tours, a tasting room and a gift shop, pretty Dennis Vineyards features a variety of Muscadine wines, as well as several varietals and fruit wines. The ice wine-style Harvest Gold is the most-requested and least-available wine.

Continue southwest on Austin Road for another 2.5 miles, then turn left on McSwain Road. After 1.8 miles, take another left onto Canton Road, than an immediate right onto Endy Road. Dennis Vineyards is 1.5 miles down Endy Road.

Stony Mountain Vineyards

Albemarle
The Furr family welcomes you for tours, wines and views. Providing a perfect ending to the Uwharrie Mountains Wine Trail, Stony Mountain features many varietal wines, including an interesting blend of Syrah and Sangiovese, as well as a half-dozen fruit wines and red and white Muscadine table wines.

Continue southeast on Endy Road until it ends at North Carolina 24/27. Turn left onto North Carolina 24/27 and continue for 11.4 miles. Turn left onto Stoney Mountain Road, and take the right fork when it divides. Then, turn right onto Mountain Ridge road and follow it for 0.8 miles to Stony Mountain Vineyards.

To return to Salisbury on Interstate 85, get back to North Carolina 24/27 and take a right, which will lead you to U.S. Highway 52. Turn right onto U.S. 52 and follow it all the way to I-85. To return to the Charlotte area, simply turn right on North Carolina 24/27 and continue west until the highway becomes Albemarle Road in Charlotte. A left turn onto North Carolina 24/27 will directly lead you to Interstate 73/74 North, which will take you toward Greensboro and points east.

Winery hours vary seasonally. Please call ahead to be sure the vineyards you want to visit will be open when you arrive. Please drink responsibly. Designate a driver.

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