Vineyards & Wineries
North Carolina is home to both large and small vineyards and wineries. Each region has its own unique influences that result in wines that differ in character from region to region. Select a region and visit the vineyards and wineries in that area during your next trip to North Carolina wine country!
Stretching from the southern border of Virginia to the northern border of Georgia, the Mountain Region of North Carolina is home to vineyards and wineries that prefer to grow grapes that do well at higher elevations.
Yadkin Valley AVA
Located in northwestern North Carolina, the Yadkin Valley is home to North Carolina's first federally-recognized American Viticultural Area, the Yadkin Valley AVA. This AVA encompasses 1.4 million acres, including all of Surry, Wilkes, and Yadkin counties and portions of Stokes, Davie, Davidson and Forsyth counties.
One of the most vibrant and fastest growing areas of North Carolina’s wine country is found east of Winston-Salem, in the piedmont area bordered by Virginia on the north and extending well into the central part of the State.
Sand Hill/Coastal Region
An area of unique microclimates, the Sand Hills and Coastal Region of North Carolina offers some of the most varied growing conditions in the state.
Swan Creek AVA
Located in northwestern North Carolina, the Yadkin Valley is home to the Swan Creek AVA. The Swan Creek AVA encompasses 160-180 sq. miles in Wilkes, Yadkin and Iredell counties. Its proximity to the Brushy Mountains gives Swan Creek a distinct, loamy soil consisting of schist, mica and other minerals as well as a microclimate that make Swan Creek wines unique. There are currently five vineyards located within the Swan Creek AVA: Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, N.C. and Laurel Gray Vineyards, Buck Shoals Vineyards, Shadow Springs Vineyard and Dobbins Creek Vineyards in Hamptonville, N.C.
Haw River Valley AVA
The Haw River Valley is a 868-square-mile region located in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties in North Carolina. It is an agricultural area that has a long growing season, with 214 frost-free growing days, making it a great place for growing crops that need a long growing season like tobacco and red vinifera winegrapes. Many vineyards now border the Haw River on sloping land that contain soils that are very deep and well drained.