Yadkin Valley Wine ToursWine tasting rooms are at the heart of Yadkin Valley’s allure. With more than 70 local wineries scattered throughout the Yadkin Valley AVA, Swan Creek AVA, and beyond, the options range from boutique and micro-wineries to prominent brand name producers with warehouses, bottling lines, and tank farms.
Local limo and bus companies offer private chauffeured wine tasting tours, group tours, and shuttle services to nearby wineries. Pre-planned tour packages offer an easy and stress-free way for travelers to navigate Yadkin Valley’s wine trails. Knowledgeable wine tour guides understand the intricacies of the day, and are happy to share their expertise with you!
So sit back and relax! Let a bus or limousine service do all of the planning for you, and you’ll soon be exploring all the scenic beauty that the Yadkin Valley has to offer. You’ll be chauffeured down quaint country byways, and find wineries tucked away in charming small towns or nestled in the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains. They only thing you’ll have to do is enjoy tasting the wine. So, leave the driving to them.
Custom Wine Tours
Whether you are a tourist, a wine novice, or an experienced connoisseur, some wine tour companies can create a custom itinerary to meet your needs. They will take into consideration the vineyards you choose to visit, where you will be picked up from, and how many people are in your group to determine the amount of time needed.
Generally, you should plan to visit vineyards that are close to each other, so your group spends less time driving and more time tasting wine. Most groups average three or four wineries, depending on the number of hours they reserve. Some groups have a wine tasting and lunch, and then two more tastings. Some groups choose to tour the vineyards, some prefer the wine tastings only. Either way, there are tour companies where you don’t have to do one of their suggested tours, they can take your group to the wineries of your choice and make the most of your experience.
Some questions you should ask:
- Are tasting fees included? Some tour operators allow guests to choose when and where to partake in some of the tastings. Therefore they do not include these fees in their pricing.
- Is lunch or dinner included? Some do, some don’t.
- Are there any extra fees? Especially if your pick-up location is outside of their usual pick-up area.
- Can you bring your own wine and favorite snacks for the ride?
- Is the gratuity for the chauffeur included in the pricing?
- Do they have Weekend Getaway or Vacation Packages? Can they get you better rates on a hotel, bed and breakfast or cabin? Can they suggest local restaurants and activities?
Self-Guided Wine Tours:
Do your homework before selecting wineries to visit. First, make sure they will be open. If you’re planning a weekend trip, you should be OK, but not every winery has standard operating hours. Some are closed during the week, especially on Mondays. Some are closed for private parties or weddings. Some are closed for the winter months. Check first.
Decide what you’re looking for in a winery. Some offer extensive grounds with stunning landscaping while others offer only a small tasting room. Which is more important to you, beautiful landscapes or delicious wine? Luckily, in the Yadkin Valley, you can have both.
Absolutely have a designated driver. If you sample wine at four wineries, you will drink approximately 1000 ml of wine. (About 32 ounces of wine) You also will be driving approximately 4-6 hours to and from and between the wineries. Is it worth the risk of getting into an accident or getting a DUI on your driving record?
If you have a large group, it is best to call wineries ahead of time to make a wine tasting appointment. Every winery operates differently. Some offer scheduled wine tasting, and others offer tastings on a first come first serve basis. Either way, public and private tastings usually cost the same.
Throughout the year, wineries hold special events such as festivals, concerts, car shows, cooking demonstrations, running marathons, open houses, etc. Check to see if there are any special events on the day of your visit. Is there a cost involved? Some events are free to the public, and some require a purchase of the ticket.
Pack a lunch or picnic. Some wineries encourage guests to bring food and provide picnic tables while others do not allow guests to bring food. Only a few wineries host full-service restaurants, there are some that sell cheese plates and other snack items. In any case, you will be sampling lots of wine so make sure to eat something with your wine tasting.
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