You don’t have to fly for hours and spend thousands of dollars to experience fine wines and scenic vineyards… The Yadkin Valley lies in the Piedmont and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and experts in the disciplines of Viticulture and Enology have compared this area to France’s Burgundy and Italy’s Piedmont.
The Yadkin Valley Wine Trail region, formally known as the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), is a relatively new wine-growing region in northwestern North Carolina. The area is about 1.4 million acres in the Yadkin River valley and includes all of Wilkes, Surry, and Yadkin counties, and parts of Davie, Davidson, Forsyth and Stokes counties. The close proximity to NC’s Triangle and Triad area make this a wonderful, convenient way to spend a leisurely day of wine tasting and beautiful countryside sightseeing.
Sit back, relax and enjoy the experience. Your Yadkin Valley Winery Tour includes:
- Fun and informative wine tastings at three wineries. Let us teach you the “technique” of wine tasting. We will discuss the history of our state’s fast growing wine industry, and the attraction of North Carolina’s wines.
- A delicious lunch in North Carolina’s wine country (inform us of special dietary needs).
A chauffeured ride through our wine country, along North Carolina’s scenic highways and back roads.
- Cost includes all wine tastings, winery and/or vineyard tours, gourmet lunch, and transportation.
- Below are a list of some of the wineries/vineyards TRT will visit your your Yadkin Valley Vineyards & Winery Day Trip!
RayLen Vineyards & Winery: With 16 award-winning wines available for tasting including its most popular wine Category 5, an award winning Cabernet blend, RayLen is located in Mocksville, just west of High Point. Opened in 2001 by Joe and Joyce Neely, after being inspired on a trip to Italy’s wine country, RayLen has become a staple in the Yadkin Valley and North Carolina winery industry.
Featured wines: Category 5 Cabernet Blend, Pinot Grigio, Pale Red, Riesling, Viognier and Pinot Grigio.
Raffaldini Vineyards: The founding principles of Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery are deeply rooted in much of Virgil’s philosophy: the belief that by working with the land and understanding its life essence, rather than trying to change it, enables the vineyard to produce grapes of exceptional quality. This harmonious relationship is the cornerstone for the making of great wines. The Raffaldini Family has always believed that the miracle of winemaking does not happen in the winery, but rather in the vineyards. A deep respect for the land, a long sense of history, and centuries of aspiring for high achievement all combine to produce a single expression of wine that captures the heritage of the Raffaldini Family – ‘Audentes Fortuna Iuvat‘: Fortune Favors the Daring.
Featured varietals: Vermentino, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Nero D’Avolo and Sagrantino
Childress Vineyards: The largest vineyard in the Yadkin Valley, Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner, accomplished a long-time dream when he opened Childress Vineyards in 2004 in Lexington. With 72 acres of vineyards, Childress is known for producing more than 30 types of wines.
Featured wines: Classic Muscadine White, Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Varietials Sangiovese and Reserve Chardonnay.
JUNIUS LINDSAY VINEYARD: We are really proud of what we do here and quite frankly we’d like to brag on it a little. Every single drop of our wines comes from our own grapes, grown right here in our vineyard. That makes our wines unique to our land and our vineyard. The French called that “terroir”. The grape varietals we grow are Viognier, Roussanne, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache.
Weathervane Winery: Located on 7 acres in the heart of Lexington, Davidson County, Weathervane Winery is the perfect place to relax and enjoy time tasting wonderful Vino with a picturesque winery as your backdrop. Opened in 2008 by Sid and Miranda Proctor, Weathervane’s offers 16 signatures wines for tasting.
Feature wines: Forecaster’s Reserve Bordeaux blend, Grand Vieux Chateaudu Roi, Evening Breeze Riesling & Semillon Blend & Harvest Moon Chardonnay.
For decades, the area was a key tobacco-growing region. However, as tobacco farming and cigarette manufacturing in the area decline, some entrepreneurs, including tobacco farmers, turned to winemaking.
The native grapes of this region of the southeastern United States are the muscadine and scuppernong. Early attempts to grow the European wine grape, Vitis vinifera, in the southeastern United States, including 18th century efforts by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, had mixed success. But, in the past three decades, viticultural research has helped adapt these grapes to the climate, soil, and pests of the region.
Tobacco Road Tours wants you to have a pleasurable, meaningful, educational, and fun filled day.
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Call us to book a Yadkin Valley Wine Region Tour: (919) 371-2653 or 2652; Email at TRTservice@tobaccoroadtours.com.
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