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WeatherThe 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.

Lake Hampton at Yadkin Memorial Park - Yadkinville, NC
Lake Hampton at Yadkin Memorial Park

Yadkinville, NC
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Maple Chase Golf & Country Club - Winston-Salem, NC
Maple Chase Golf & Country Club

Winston-Salem, NC
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Deano's Barbecue - Mocksville, NC
Deano's Barbecue

Mocksville, NC
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Mill Creek General Store Deli - Mount Airy , NC
Mill Creek General Store Deli

Mount Airy , NC
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Off the Square Restaurant - Albemarle, NC
Off the Square Restaurant

Albemarle, NC
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Pirate's Landing Seafood & Steak Restaurant  - Elkin, NC
Pirate's Landing Seafood & Steak Restaurant

Elkin, NC
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The Kitchen at Elkin Creek Vineyard - Elkin, NC
The Kitchen at Elkin Creek Vineyard

Elkin, NC
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Bear Creek Gifts And Bear Creek Fudge Factory - Mount Airy, NC
Bear Creek Gifts And Bear Creek Fudge Factory

Mount Airy, NC
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Kennedy Auto Supply Inc - Elkin, NC
Kennedy Auto Supply Inc

Elkin, NC
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Carolina Heritage Vineyards - Elkin, NC
Carolina Heritage Vineyards

Elkin, NC
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Slightly Askew Winery Vacation House - Elkin, NC
Slightly Askew Winery Vacation House

Elkin, NC
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Christy's Inn at East Bend - East Bend, NC
Christy's Inn at East Bend

East Bend, NC
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River Rhys Cabin - Pilot Mountain, NC
River Rhys Cabin

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

Elkin, NC
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Jones von Drehe Vineyards - Thurmond, NC
Jones von Drehe Vineyards

Thurmond, NC
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McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks

McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
315 Thurmond PO Road
Thurmond NC NC
336-874-3003

  • McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard specializing in small lots of award-winning artisan wines and hard ciders.

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4.53 Rating - 150 Reviews

Dennis VineyardsDennis Vineyards
Dennis Vineyards
Albemarle 704-982-6090

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4.73 Rating - 462 Reviews

McRitchie Winery & CiderworksMcRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
Thurmond 336-874-3003

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4.53 Rating - 150 Reviews

Autumn Creek VineyardsAutumn Creek Vineyards
Autumn Creek Vineyards
Mayodan 336-548-9463

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4.53 Rating - 199 Reviews

Herrera VineyardsHerrera Vineyards
Herrera Vineyards
Dobson 866-313-8008

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4.73 Rating - 235 Reviews

Germanton Vineyard & WineryGermanton Vineyard & Winery
Germanton Vineyard & Winery
Germanton 336-969-6121

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4.50 Rating - 31 Reviews

Cougar Run WineryCougar Run Winery
Cougar Run Winery
Concord 704-788-2746

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4.61 Rating - 175 Reviews

Elkin Creek VineyardElkin Creek Vineyard
Elkin Creek Vineyard
Elkin 336-526-5119

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4.69 Rating - 323 Reviews

Native Son VineyardNative Son Vineyard
Native Son Vineyard
Franklinville 336-495-1428

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