It’s hard to find a fall destination more inviting than North Carolina’s gorgeous Yadkin Valley nor any venues more welcoming than the 40 vineyards and wineries that have taken root there.
Representing the heart of North Carolina’s wine country, the federally recognized viticultural area encompasses 1.4 million acres, including all of Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties plus portions of Stokes, Davie, Davidson and Forsyth counties.
Many of the award-winners – such as RagApple Lassie, RayLen, Raffaldini, Old North State, Shelton, Round Peak, Stony Knoll, Childress, McRitchie and Elkin Creek – have become household names. See a full list of wineries, along with individual websites, at http://bit.ly/YnME4B.
The Yadkin Valley wineries offer some combination of tours, tastings, special events and live entertainment and have easy access to the Blue Ridge Parkway and an abundance of outdoor recreation.
Jump right in on Oct. 18 and get familiar with more than 20 wineries participating this year in the Yadkin Valley Grape Festival ( http://yvgf.com) in Yadkinville. Wine tasting, food and live music will entertain visitors from near and far.
Get knee deep in the harvest at Shelton Vineyards’ Harvest Festival on Oct. 11-12 ( www.sheltonvineyards.com). Enjoy local arts and crafts, music, and grape stomping as well as free tours and tastings. New this year is the Fireside Kickoff Dinner Buffet on Oct. 10. Look for holiday specials throughout the vineyard’s store on Nov. 22-23 at the Holiday Open House.
Sign up for this year’s final race of The Vineyard Stomp 5K Cross Country Race Series ( http://bit.ly/1rTsUTi), Oct. 25 at Grassy Creek Vineyards.
Put on your scariest mask for Howl-O-Wine at Round Peak Vineyards & Microbrewery ( www.roundpeak.com) on Oct. 26.
New within the past two years is JOLO Winery & Vineyards ( www.JoloVineyards.com), which rests on a picturesque tract with excellent views of Pilot Mountain. JOLO pairs its wines with an intimate 24-seat fine-dining restaurant called End Posts. Reserve space for Dec. 31’s New Year’s Eve Bash and Dinner Gala.
Also new on the wine scene is Adagio Vineyards ( www.adagiovineyards.com) in Elkin. Relax with the Violins & Vines music performances Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 14.
Area info: www.yadkinvalleywinecountry.com. Zenda Douglas