Southern Gateway Wine Trail

A Day Trip in Lexington’s Barbecue Country

Southern Gateway Wine Trail

Lexington is home to wineries such as Childress Vineyards and Junius Lindsay Vineyard

With just 15 miles or so of wine-trail driving, the Southern Gateway Wine Trail features world-class wines and wine country scenery – plus quite a few renowned barbecue restaurants. This drive is in the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area, or AVA, which was established in 2003.

This day trip includes four Davidson County wineries near Lexington, as well as two wine-oriented shops that offer tastings and sales.

Childress Vineyards

Founded by NASCAR legend Richard Childress and featuring the award-winning wines of winemaker Mark Friszolowski, Childress features a large tasting room and gift shop, The Bistro restaurant, and adjacent accommodations at the Holiday Inn Express.

From U.S. Highway 52 just outside downtown Lexington, take Exit 89 and head west on U.S. Highway 64 for less than a quarter-mile. Turn onto Childress Vineyards Road to arrive at Childress Vineyards.

Native Vines Winery

The first American Indian-owned and -operated winery in the United States, Native Vines was founded by Darlene Gabbard, a North Carolina native and member of the Lumbee Tribe. Its tasting room is in the old tack room of a 5,000-square-foot stable.

Turn right on U.S. Highway 64 and go 2.3 miles to North Carolina Highway 150. Turn right onto North Carolina Highway 150 and go 1.4 miles to arrive at Native Vines Winery.

Junius Lindsay Vineyard

Junius Lindsay currently features the state’s only open-air tasting room.

Head north on North Carolina Highway 150 for 6.6 miles and turn right on Welcome-Arcadia Road. Go two miles and then turn left on Dr. Zimmerman Road, where Junius Lindsay Vineyard is just a half-mile down the road.

Weathervane Winery

Owners Sid and Miranda Parker welcome you to Weathervane Winery with tours, varied wines, and a tasting room and gift shop.

Go back to Welcome-Arcadia Road and turn left. Continue about a mile to Weathervane Winery.

The Southern Gateway Wine Trail also includes two wine-oriented shops that offer tastings and sales. Tastings Wine & Beer is downtown Lexington, while Wine Sellars Mixers & More is less than four miles south.

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

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