Yadkin River Wine Trail
The Yadkin River is one of the longest rivers in North Carolina. It rises in the northwestern portion of the state near the Blue Ridge Parkway's Thunder Hill Overlook and becomes the Pee Dee River at the confluence of the Uwharrie River south of the community of Badin, NC and east of the town of Albemarle, NC.
Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the Yadkin river basin was inhabited by Siouan-speaking tribes. Although, the Saura and Tutelo tribes are also mentioned in historic records. Before the Revolutionary War, colonial settlers of primarily Scots-Irish, German, and English extraction migrated into the Yadkin basin from Virginia and Pennsylvania using the Great Wagon Road and the Carolina Road.
Wine has been produced along the Yadkin River since these early days of European colonization. Wine growers in North Carolina were the first to cultivate a Native American grape variety, the Scuppernong, which produces a sweet wine. However, since the establishment of the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area in 2003, most wine produced is made from Vitis vinifera grape varieties, although French hybrid and Vitis labrusca varieties remain common.
They Yadkin River Wine Trail is located about 25 minutes from Winston-Salem, an easy hour from Greensboro or an hour and half drive from Charlotte. Once there, there is about 35 miles or so of wine-trail driving to reach the five wineries in East Bend and Boonville.
With tours, tasting rooms, gift shops and much more, the Yadkin River Wine Trail brings North Carolina’s famed wines and wineries to life. Unique features of this wine trail include: llamas and miniature horses, an organic vegetable farm, a historic Century Family Farm, and an art studio. All of which makes this wine trail a day trip to remember.
Most Yadkin River Wine Trail 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.