Swan Creek Wine Trail

A Day Trip Just West of Winston-Salem

Swan Creek Wine Trail

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery in Ronda

Located about 35 miles west of Winston-Salem and just west of Interstate 77 in Wilkes and Yadkin counties, five wineries make up the Swan Creek Vineyard Association. All a relatively short drive from each other and the entire day trip can be less than 20 miles in total distance.

All of the wineries on the Swan Creek Wine Trail specialize in varietal wines and blends, but there are some surprises to be found on this day trip. For example, the tasting room at Laurel Gray Vineyards is a converted 1930s milking parlor. For an amazing vineyard view, you’ll want to check out Raffaldini’s grand Tuscan-style patio, complete with a Roman fountain. Or, lounge on the porch at Dobbins Creek, where you can see Grandfather Mountain to the west and the Winston-Salem skyline to the east. Shadow Springs makes several dessert wines, including “Shortcake” strawberry wine. Finally, Windsor Run Cellars features a distillery paired with its vineyard and winery.

Varied wineries on this day trip include:

Laurel Gray Vineyards & Winery

The Myers family has been farming land in the area for 10 generations. Today, the winery features a tasting room, gift shop and picnic area, with both varietals and proprietary blends available for tasting and purchase.

Take I-77 to Exit 73B (U.S. Highway 421 North). Proceed on U.S. 421 for approximately 1.5 miles to Exit 267, Windsor Road. Turn right at top of ramp, continue for 0.1 mile and turn right onto Old Highway 421. Laurel Gray Vineyards is 0.1 mile ahead on the left. Pretty Laurel Gray Vineyards provides a perfect example of the transition from tobacco and cattle farming to growing grapes and producing wine.

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery

The Raffaldini family name harkens back to 1348 in Italy’s Lombardy province. Today, the Tuscan-style villa tasting room, tours, gift shop, patio and events lure you with Italian-style wines like Sangiovese and more.

From Laurel Gray, exit right out of the parking lot onto Old Highway 421 and continue 1.4 miles to Swan Creek Road turn right and follow Swan Creek Road for 2.7 miles. Turn left onto Cedar Forest Road. Go 1.1 mile to Groce Road on your left. Take Groce Road and Raffaldini Vineyards is just 0.2 mile ahead on the right.

Dobbins Creek Vineyards

The pretty views from the log cabin at Dobbins Creek Vineyards are certainly a highlight, but so are the tasty wines, including barrel-fermented Chardonnay, dry and sweet Rieslings, a rosé, varietal reds and blends.

When leaving Raffaldini, take a right out of the drive onto Groce Road and then a right onto Cedar Forest Road. Retrace your drive to Swan Creek Road, then turn right. Follow Swan Creek for 0.5 mile and make a slight left onto Rena Road. Proceed 2.8 miles to Carrie Farm Road and turn right. Follow Carrie Farm Road for one mile, go up the hill, turn right, and follow the signs to Dobbins Creek Vineyard at the top of the mountain.

Shadow Springs Vineyard

Shadow Springs Vineyard features six varieties of French grapes and two French-American hybrids. Along with several reds and whites, the tasting room’s options also include a sparkling wine, a sweet dessert wine, and unique options like the aforementioned Shortcake strawberry wine.

Exit Dobbins Creek by retracing your drive down Carrie Farm Road to Rena Road. Turn left onto Rena Road. Follow for one mile, then turn left onto Cheek Road. Drive 1.9 miles to Old Highway 421 and turn left. Make a quick right onto Windsor Road to Crater Road and turn left. Follow Crater Road 0.5 mile to Shadow Springs Vineyard on the right. Turn right on Vineyard View Lane to get to the vineyard and winery.

Windsor Run Cellars

The tasting room actually features wines from two separate vineyards: Windsor Run Cellars and Ferguson Vineyards. This spot also offers a tasting of fortified wines, as well as tours of the winery and distillery. It’s a fitting end to the unique Swan Creek Wine Trail.

Head back to Crater Road, turn left, and drive 0.4 mile back to Windsor Road. Turn right and drive 1.4 miles to Windsor Run Cellars on the left.

To return to I-77, head north on Windsor Road.

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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