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.
Laurel Gray Vineyards
Nestled in the heart of the Yadkin Valley is Laurel Gray Vineyards. Visitors can taste wine in a 75-year old milking parlor or take a guided tour of the vineyards. Laurel Gray Vineyards sits on an 84 acre family farm with 15 acres of it dedicated to vineyard.
5726 Old Hwy 421
Hamptonville, NC 27020
Fax: (336) 468-4326
Hours: Wed. - Sat. 10am til 5pm and Sunday 1pm til 5pm. CLOSED January
Owners: Benny and Kim Myers
Wine List: Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Merlot, Syrah, Scarlet Mountain, 1773 Rose and Nectar.
Shadow Springs Vineyard
Shadow Springs is a family owned vineyard located on a 47 acre farm in the Yadkin Valley. Opening its state of the art tasting room in July of 2008 Shadow Springs has the ability to serve its award winning wines at both an upstairs and downstairs tasting bar. The downstairs area can be also used for buses, large parties and private events. This area opens up to a covered patio which overlooks the vineyard and pond. Plan to spend some time enjoying this serene location and enjoying the fine wines.
5543 Crater Road
Hamptonville, NC 27020
Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
Owners: Chuck and Jamey Johnson
Wine List: Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Crimson Sunset, Chambourcin, Shadow Mist, L’Amour Doux, Strawberry Shortcake & Dark Shadow
Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery
Raffaldini Vineyards was established in 2002 and is nestled in the hills near the Yadkin River and the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of about 1200 feet. Raffaldini is the first winery in NC to work exclusively with Italian grape varietals and produces Italian style wines rich with tradition. They were also the lead petitioner in the formation of the Swan Creek AVA.
450 Groce Road
Ronda, NC 28670
Hours: Hours: Mon,Wed.--Sat.11 am--5 pm; Sun. 12--5 pm (closed Tue), year round
Owners: The Raffaldini Family
Wines or Grapes: Wine List: Vermentino, Pinot Grigio, Bella Misto (Red Blend), Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Sangiovese Riserva, La Dolce Vita (lightly carbonated, lightly sweet white wine)