A Very Surry Wine Excursion

One to Three Days of Wine Near Winston-Salem

A Very Surry Wine Excursion

Shelton Vineyards is North Carolina's largest family-owned vineyard and winery

The Very Surry Wine Excursion features up to a dozen wineries in the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, or AVA. Each day of this itinerary can be a stand-alone day trip, or the days can be combined to create a multiday wine trail. The Yadkin Valley planners have also put together several "winetineraries" - getaways that take you to wineries along with visits to spas, resorts, restaurants and shops.

3-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Explore four wineries that offer something extra, from hard cider to overnight stays.

Day 2: Visit wineries ranging from urban to organic to the state’s largest family-owned.

Day 3: Sip wine in an old mill, or sample wine and beer together at two spots that make both.

Day 1: Wineries with something extra

McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
Family-owned McRitchie features a tasting room offering both its popular wine and hard cider.

From Winston-Salem, head north on U.S. Highway 421 about 30 miles to Exit 265A for Interstate 77 North. Go 8.1 miles to Exit 82 and then go 3.3 miles west on North Carolina Highway 67 to downtown Elkin. McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks is just 12 miles up U.S. Highway 21.

Elkin Creek Vineyard
Set on the site of an old gristmill, Elkin Creek is well known for its wines and dining at The Kitchen at Elkin Creek. It’s a great spot for lunch, as are Harry’s Place and other restaurants back in downtown Elkin.

Elkin Creek Vineyard

Elkin Creek Vineyard

Elkin Creek Vineyard features a winery, restaurant and cabin rentals

From McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks, take U.S. Highway 21 South for 3.3 miles and then make a slight right onto Old U.S. Highway 21. Drive 1.5 miles and turn right on Pleasant Ridge Road. Drive four miles and then turn right on Carter Mill Road to arrive at Elkin Creek Vineyards on Elkin Creek Mill Road.

Slightly Askew Winery
This unique winery offers wine produced from both local juices and those from around the world, as well as The Slightly Askew House, a wine country vacation home.

From Elkin Creek Vineyard & Winery, turn right onto Carter Mill Road and go about 1.4 miles to North Bridge Street. Turn right and go 1.6 miles to Slightly Askew Winery.

Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery
State Road
Grassy Creek offers varied wines for tasting and purchase, as well as varied accommodations at its Klondike Cabins. For dinner after a day of tasting, Harry's Place and other downtown Elkin restaurants provide a tasty end to the day, as do other nearby accommodations if you’re not staying at Klondike Cabins.

From Slightly Askew Winery, take U.S. Highway 21 Business for 2.2 miles and then turn left onto U.S. Highway 21. Go 0.3 miles and then take the first left on Klondike Road. Go about a half-mile to Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery.

Day 2: From downtown Elkin to Shelton Vineyards

Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery
This organic vineyard and winery features both muscadine and hybrid grapes and resulting wines.

Hutton Vineyards
The Wine Shoppe at Hutton Vineyards in historic Rockford features a variety of world-class wines for tasting and purchase.

From Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery, take North Carolina Highway 268 East for about 4.9 miles, and then turn right onto U.S. Highway 601. Take U.S. Highway 601 for 1.7 miles before turning left on Jenkinstown Road for another 1.7 miles. Turn right onto Buck Fork Road for 2.3 miles and then turn right onto Rockford Road. Hutton Vineyards Lane will be the first right.

Shelton Vineyards
Sprawling Shelton Vineyards is the last stop of the day and it’s simply stunning. Here, seemingly endless vineyard views are paired with award-winning wines – as well as renowned cuisine at Harvest Grill. Less than three miles north, the Hampton Inn at Shelton Vineyards is the perfect place to spend the night – and continue tasting wines at the popular wine bar in the lobby.

Shelton Vineyards hayride

Surry County Tourism Development Authority

Shelton Vineyards hosts several events throughout the year, including Spring Fling, a summer concert series, and Harvest Festival in the fall

From Hutton Vineyards, turn left on Rockford Road and then right on Buck Ford Road to continue for 2.3 miles. Then, turn left on Jenkinstown Road for 1.7 miles and right onto U.S. Highway 601 for another 1.7 miles. Then, turn left on North Carolina Highway 268 and go 1.4 miles to Twin Oaks Road. Turn right and go 3.4 miles to Cabernet Lane and Shelton Vineyards.

Day 3: A combined winery and brewery tour

Stony Knoll Vineyards
Stony Knoll Vineyards is the first stop of the day. Along with the winery and tasting room, there’s the Wine Lodge for those wanting to spend a night – or many nights – in a vineyard.

From the Hampton Inn at Shelton Vineyards, take Twin Oaks Road north to a right on Zephyr Road. Go 3.1 miles and continue on West Kapp Street for another 0.6 miles. Then, turn right on U.S. Highway 601 Business (North Main Street) for 1.7 miles and continue south on U.S. Highway 601 for another 1.8 miles. Turn right on Rockford Road for 1.6 miles and then turn right onto Stony Knoll Road to the vineyard on the left.

Round Peak Vineyards and Skull Camp Brewing
Mount Airy
Featuring French and Italian varietals, Round Peak also brews beer onsite under the name Skull Camp Brewing.

From Stony Knoll Vineyards, head north on Simpson Mill Road for about 1.9 miles and then turn right on Turkey Ford Road. Go 1.2 miles and then turn right on Siloam Road. Go four miles, turn right on Park Drive, go 0.9 miles and then merge onto Interstate 74 West for 6.9 miles. Take Exit 6 for North Carolina Highway 89 toward Mount Airy, 0.4 miles, and then turn left onto North Carolina Highway 89 West (West Pine Street). Go 1.7 miles and then turn right on Round Peak Church Road. Then it’s just 1.3 miles to Round Peak Vineyards.

Old North State Winery & Brewery
Mount Airy
Situated in a 1890s mercantile building, Old North State features popular tours and tastings.

From Round Peak Vineyards and Skull Camp Brewing, head southeast on Round Peak Church Road for 1.3 miles and then turn left on North Carolina Highway 89 East (West Pine Street). Go 8.1 miles and turn left on West Independence Boulevard. Then go 0.7 miles and turn right on North Main Street to reach Old North State Winery & Brewery.

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.

Lynn and Cele Seldon are Oak Island-based travel writers who love covering their home state.


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