Yakin 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.
Brandon Hills Vineyard
Brandon Hills Vineyard is a boutique winery created by the dream of David & Pam Blackwell . Located in the gently sloping foothills of the Appalachian mountains in the heart of the Yadkin Valley, the rolling terrain makes for ideal wine growing. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck overlooking the vineyard or in front of our 240 gallon saltwater reef tank.
1925 Brandon Hills Rd.
Yadkinville, NC 27055
Hours: Saturday 12-6, Sunday 1-5, closed month of January
Owners: David and Pamela Blackwell
Wines: Pinot Gris, Viognier, Barbera, Merlot, Raptor Red (cab sav blend), White Merlot and Rip Tide Rose
Flint Hill Vineyards
A Century Family Farm, Flint Hill Vineyards planted five acres of grapes in 2002 and opened a tasting room in October 2005. The Doubs currently grow five viniferous varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Voignier, Chardonnay and Chambourcin.
2133 Flint Hill Road
East Bend, NC 27017
Hours: Fri. 11:00 - 6:00 pm, Sat. 11:00 - 6:00 pm; and Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 pm.
Owners: Brenda and Tim Doub
Wine List: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Voignier, and Olde Yattken, a semi sweet white wine.
Founded in 2004, Childress Vineyards is one of North Carolina’s most visible wineries in a re-emerging wine industry that has grown from 21 to more than 60 wineries since 2000. The 35,000 square-foot Italian Renaissance-styled winery is open daily and offers free tours, educational wine tastings and The Bistro restaurant for lunch. With 100 acres of vineyards and 12 varieties of European vitis vinifera cultivars at three vineyard sites, Childress Vineyards is already producing award-winning wines from a terroir that features a long growing season and gravely, red clay soil.
1000 Childress Vineyards Road
Lexington, NC 27295
Hours: Mon.--Sat. 10am--5pm; Sun. Noon--5pm, Lunch served daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Owners: Richard Childress & Greg Johns
Wine List: Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah and Sangiovese. Childress Vineyards wines include Classic House wines, Varietals, Reserves and Signatures, sweet dessert wines, native muscadines and a North Carolina sparkling wine.
Golden Road Vineyards
A new entry into the field of Yadkin Valley AVA vineyards is Golden Road Vineyards. Located about 8 miles northeast of Elkin in Surry County, North Carolina, the new vineyard is on Golden Road in the community of State Road, N.C.
Golden Road Vineyards is being developed by Bill and Sue Harmon, formerly of Evanston, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. The Harmons have long been wine enthusiasts, and discovered the Yadkin Valley in 2009. They were so impressed by the wineries, the scenery and the friendly people that they decided to launch their own project.
The Harmons plan to be growers, selling their grapes to local wineries and others. Their mission is to produce consistently superior fruit to enhance the winemaker’s art. “We believe in the slogan ‘great wine starts in the vineyard,’” Bill Harmon said. “We will strive to produce the best fruit possible giving winemakers a solid foundation to build a great wine.”
Since purchasing about 25 acres of rolling pasture and wooded land on Golden Road in March 2010, the Harmons’ have made a detailed evaluation of the soil conditions and determined the best varieties for the site. Their five acres of vines were planted with five vinifera and hybrid varieties in April 2011.
Hours: By appointment
Owners: Bill and Sue Harmon
Wines or Grapes: Wines or Grapes: “We want to provide what wineries in the area will want and need in a few years when our vineyard begins to produce," said Sue Harmon. "We hope winemakers will contact us about their requirements so we can help them produce great wines.”
We planted five varieties of grapes in April 2011. Our selections are:
PETIT MANSANG -- small, thick-skinned berries naturally high in acidity that
yield very high quality white wines.
TANNAT -- distinguished for their generous tannins, tannat grapes contribute color and backbone to robust red blends.
TRAMINETTE -- produces white wines with varietal characteristics similar to its
parent grape Gewürztraminer; high quality, fragrant wines with distinctively spicy flavors.
MERLOT -- loose bunches of large, blue-violet berries, often blended with
cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and/or petit verdot.
PETIT VERDOT -- a blending grape due to its intense color, acidity, and “spice box” flavoring elements; also used to produce very high quality varietal wines in warmer climates.
Divine Llama Vineyards
In 1975, two architecture students met in a design studio at Virginia Tech. Years later, they reunited to work together as architects in Winston-Salem. Meanwhile, Michael West became interested in llama farming, and Thomas Hughes continued to nurture a dream to own a vineyard. In 2006, they, along with their wives Patricia and Julia, purchased 77 acres in East Bend in the Yadkin Valley Appellation, where they planted vineyards. In the spring of 2009, a tasting room opened, nestled among five acres of vineyards and pastures for llama and miniature horses.
4126 Divine Llama Lane
East Bend, NC 27018
Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 12-5PM, Sunday: 1-5PM
Owners: Michael & Patricia West and Thomas & Julia Hughes
Wine List: Chardonnel, Chardonnay, Traminette, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, In a Heart Beat (Red Blend), Red Rita Rose
Varietals planted on the property include Chardonel, Traminette, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
Hanover Park Vineyard
In 1999 Michael and Amy Helton produced 375 cases of wine from their first harvest. The following year, production incresased to about 1,000 cases. Today, Hanover Park works to make just under 3,000 cases per year of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Mourevdre, Chardonnay and Viognier. In addition to the vinifera varietals, Hanover Park blends Niagra with Chardonnay and Viognier to make a white dessert wine.
1927 Courtney-Huntsville Rd.
Yadkinville, NC 27055
Hours: Thurs.--Sat. Noon--6pm; Sun. 1--5pm
Owners: Michael and Amy Helton
Wine List: Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Chardonnay, Viognier, RosÃ©, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, MourvÃ¨dre, Early Twilight, Michael's Blend