Why should you visit North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley?
1, The Wine
Practically every variety of grape can be grown in the Yadkin Valley producing a diverse selection of world class award wining wines. Bold reds such as Cab Sauv, Merlot, Cab Franc, Barberra, Montepluciano, Sangiovese, Malbec, Chambourchin, and more. Crisp whites such as Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Viognier, Traminette, Cynthiana, Seyval Blanc, and so much more.
2. The Vineyards and Wineries
From Raffidini’s Tuscan Villa to the river rapids at Roaring River, each Yadkin Valley destination winery is unique. Shelton Vineyards offer picturesque landscaping while Grassy Creek maintains the charm of historic horse stables and diary farm.
3. The Terrior
A mild climate and rich soil combine to create a superb region for growing high quality grapes. The proof is in the bottle. North Carolina’s first AVA, Yadkin Valley wines have won awards in major competitions all over the globe.
4. The Views
Nestled in the rolling foothills, offering spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, picturesque farm land, and stunning mountain streams and rivers.
5. Fine Dining
Several Of the areas wineries offers fine dining establishments, Don’t miss the Harvest Grill, an upscale bistro at Shelton Vineyards. Old North State Winery in downtown Mount Airy offers lunch and Dinner. Southern on Main in downtown Elkin offers an Elegant Comfort dining experience.
6. Overnight Stays in Vineyard Cabins
Many of the area vineyards offer upscale rustic cabins for overnight accommodations. Roaring River offers cabins right by the river, while Elkin Creek has several secluded cabins just below the winery.
7. Locally and Family Owned
You won’t find large commercialized mass production wineries in the Yadkin Valley AVA. Even the largest producing wineries are family owned. Many of these families have roots deeply planted in the region.
8. Charming Small Towns
From Mount Airy, the small town of which Andy Griffith’s Mayberry is based, to Elkin which features charming downtown restaurants and small retail shops. The alluring character of the regions small towns is worthy of a travelers admiration.
9. Many Other Fun Activities
Stone Mountain and Pilot Mountain state parks offer adventurous hiking and spectacular Mountain View’s. Camping is available at both parks.
10. Napa of the South
Yadkin Valley isn’t Napa or Sonoma, and that’s a good thing. The AVA is gaining national recognition for its ability to grow all types of grapes. This region is though in the realm of Napa, Sonoma, & the Finger Lakes, absolutely a must visit for any wine lover.