Shallow Ford Wine Trail
The celebrated Shallow Ford lies about ¼ mile south of the bridge that spans the Yadkin River near Huntsville. Because it was shallow, this crossing was used for centuries by various Indian tribes. Shallow Ford was one of the few places where countless pioneers could cross the Yadkin River as they traveled down the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to settle in the fertile Yadkin River Valley.
The Shallow Ford was used by Morgan Bryan. The Bryan clan reached the Forks of the Yadkin in the spring of 1749. Squire Boone and his famous son, Daniel also used Shallow Ford. Back of the day of Squire Boone, it cost five shillings for a wagon and a team with four or six horses to cross the Yadkin River. By 1770, a road cut from this area to Mulberry Fields (near Wilkesboro) later became known as the Daniel Boone Trail.
During the American Revolution in 1780, several skirmishes were fought nearby. The British general, Lord Cornwallis, crossed Shallow Ford in his pursuit of American General Nathanael Greene. Shortly after that, those two forces clashed at Guilford Courthouse.
During the American Civil War, detachments of General George Stoneman’s Union cavalry crossed at Shallow Ford several times in the spring of 1865, shortly before the war ended. The local Home Guard could do little to stop these Federal troops from raiding plantations and burning the Red Store in the Huntsville area before the moved. The Union soldiers planned to liberate prisoners held at Salisbury in the Confederate prison, but by the time they arrived, the prisoners had already been transferred elsewhere.
Nestled in this historic part of the Yadkin Valley are four vineyards that sit only minutes apart. The Shallow Ford Wine Trail is located about 20 minutes from Winston-Salem, a smooth 45 minutes from Greensboro or an hour and a half drive from Charlotte. The stories and specialties of these wineries vary, making a journey along the Shallow Ford Wine Trail in northwest North Carolina one of endless discovery.
Most Shallow Ford wineries are open Friday through Sunday, although winery hours vary seasonally. Please call ahead to be sure the vineyards you want to visit will be open when you arrive. Please drink responsibly. Designate a driver.