Head to Central North Carolina for a get away day trip of wine and relaxation.
Yadkin Valley wineries, in the central region of North Carolina, are loaded with surprisingly decent dry white & red wines. The sweet muscadine varietal is there but far from the predominate one. You’ll discover all sorts of grapes on the vines here. Chardonnay, semi-dry white blends, Rose, juicy red blends, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ports and more.
We’re also talking about Swan Creek & the Piedmont regions which surround Winston Salem & Lexington, Greensboro, Dobson, and Mt. Airy. All of these areas are referred to as Carolina Wine Country. From Raleigh it’s an hour and a half door to door. The perfect day trip.
This was one of the first vineyards we visited in Yadkin Valley and it was only the beginning. There are now over 45 vineyards in the area alone. With so many to choose from, go once a quarter and explore a handful at a time. Let the peaceful scenery draw you in. To extend your relaxation, there are a few hotels and some wineries even have cabins!
Each winery tasting room has it’s own personality, which is what we love. Some have vast land & vineyards to admire while eased into an Adirondack chair with a glass in hand. Others not so much, yet each is very approachable. And there are some that are quite grand in scale. Raffildini, Childress, & Shelton Vineyards. These venues are spectacular for special occasions & events.
When we discovered all of these wineries, our goal for supporting local farmers increased twofold. Yes, you’ll spend more for a bottle than you would from a grocery store or mass merchandise store but you’ll add to our states culture and satisfy that wine fix at the same time. A few more we always appreciate are Cellar 4201, Divine Llamas & Laurel Gray.
So, if you’re looking for a day trip that includes a pleasant scenic route, aaaah your way into the weekend and check some of these out!
Tons of festivals year round and events galore. Here’s a few links to get you started.
Pour a glass and get Happy in the Kitchen!