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The Yadkin Valley became North Carolina's first federally-approved American Viticultural Area (AVA) in 2003. With this designation, the wineries and vineyards of this area cover all or part of Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes, Davie, Davidson, Forsyth and Stokes counties began labeling their wines "Yadkin Valley," proudly proclaiming the fruits of this region. Five years later the Swan Creek region, which is mostly inside the Yadkin Valley AVA, was recognized as its own AVA, reflecting its particular microclimate.

The Best Wineries in North Carolina
Growing from soil that for decades saw primarily tobacco, the grapes of the Yadkin Valley are not limited to the native breeds Muscadine and Scuppernong. Viticulture and wine making research have helped adapt many European varietals to this area of North Carolina's climate and soil — from Aleatico to Zinfandel with plenty more in between.

The Yadkin Valley and Swan Creek in North Carolina are home to more than several dozen commercial wine producers. From a urban storefront to a farm surrounded by llamas, these are as diverse as the people who tend them. And most are producing award-winning vintages and gaining recognition nationally.

These wineries are small, with intimate wine tasting rooms providing more access to the winemakers and owners (often one and the same). Nearby wine tasting rooms offers a great chance to try new wines and learn about the winemaking process. Wine trails, special events and wine clubs add to the Yadkin Valley Wine Country experience. Combine this with abundant outdoor activities, local arts & crafts, charming bed and breakfasts and the exquisite food and wine offered at local restaurants, and you have the makings of a great wine country getaway, family vacation, wedding reception or banquet.

Explore ElkinVisit Elkin, NC - the soul of the Yadkin Valley Wine Country
Located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley AVA, the Town of Elkin embodies the region’s soul. Restaurants, hotels, wineries, shops and more await those exploring the are whether you start your tour of the wine country here, pass through and stop for lunch and end the day with a great dinner and a nice place to rest your head. Learn more about Elkin, North Carolina.

Herrera Vineyards Restaurant - Dobson, NC
Herrera Vineyards Restaurant

Dobson, NC
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Darwin's Café - Hamptonville, NC
Darwin's Café

Hamptonville, NC
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Sagebrush Steakhouse of Albemarle - Albemarle, NC
Sagebrush Steakhouse of Albemarle

Albemarle, NC
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Prime Thai Restaurant - Elkin, NC
Prime Thai Restaurant

Elkin, NC
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Depot Restaurant at Cody Creek  - Dobson, NC
Depot Restaurant at Cody Creek

Dobson, NC
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Lone Hickory Indoor Arena - Yadkinville, NC
Lone Hickory Indoor Arena

Yadkinville, NC
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Vintage Rose Wedding Estate  - Pilot Mountain, NC
Vintage Rose Wedding Estate

Pilot Mountain, NC
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Elkin Creek Vineyard - Elkin, NC
Elkin Creek Vineyard

Elkin, NC
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Treehouse Vineyards - Monroe, NC
Treehouse Vineyards

Monroe, NC
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Divine Llama Vineyards - East Bend, NC
Divine Llama Vineyards

East Bend, NC
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Divine Llama Vineyards - East Bend, NC
Divine Llama Vineyards

East Bend, NC
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Jones von Drehe Vineyards - Thurmond, NC
Jones von Drehe Vineyards

Thurmond, NC
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Midnight Magdalena Vineyards - Jonesville, NC
Midnight Magdalena Vineyards

Jonesville, NC
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Rocky River Vineyards - Midland, NC
Rocky River Vineyards

Midland, NC
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Douglas Vineyards - Kannapolis, NC
Douglas Vineyards

Kannapolis, NC
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Junius Lindsay Vineyard

Junius Lindsay Vineyard
385 State Road 1472
Lexington NC NC
336-764-4050

  • Junius Lindsay currently features the state’s only open-air tasting room.

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4.29 Rating - 55 Reviews

Elkin Creek Vineyard
Elkin 336-526-5119

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4.69 Rating - 323 Reviews

McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
Thurmond 336-874-3003

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4.53 Rating - 150 Reviews

Laurel Gray Vineyards
Hamptonville 336-468-9463

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Baker Buffalo Creek Vineyard
Lawndale 704-538-9927

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4.67 Rating - 219 Reviews

Brandon Hills Vineyard
Yadkinville 336-463-9463

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4.78 Rating - 37 Reviews

Stony Mountain Vineyards
Albemarle 704-982-0922

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3.70 Rating - 65 Reviews

Uwharrie Vineyards & Winery
Albemarle 704-982-9463

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4.36 Rating - 153 Reviews

Weathervane Winery
Lexington 336-701-5235

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4.75 Rating - 485 Reviews


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