The Yadkin Valley of North Carolina spans over one million acres of land. Tucked behind the rolling hills and fields of corn lie dozens of vineyards and wineries both large and small.
These hidden treasures offer wide varieties of high-quality wines and Southern hospitality. Many vineyards in the Yadkin Valley are family owned and have fascinating histories.
Take a drive and visit these 10 vineyards and enjoy what The Yadkin Valley Wine Trail has to offer. Most of these places are located only a few miles from one another.
10. Childress Vineyards
Childress Vineyards, owned by former NASCAR driver and race team owner Richard Childress, lies on 72 acres of rural farmland in Lexington, N.C. In 2004, Childress took the same standards for quality he held for his race team and applied them to his passion for wine, creating a wide variety of reds, whites and dessert wines. Childress Vineyards pays homage to their NASCAR roots by displaying checkered flags and legendary car numbers on some of their bottles.
1000 Childress Vineyards Rd, Lexington, N.C.
9. Divine Llama Vineyards
No, the name is not a spoof. Located in East Bend, Divine Llama Vineyards' tasting room is surrounded by 20 acres that serve as a home to miniature horses and -- yes, you guessed it -- llamas. The vineyard not only utilizes their fuzzy-faced friends to help with the harvest, but also offers llama hikes to creek-side getaways.
5349 Macedonia Rd, East Bend, N.C.
8. Shadow Springs Vineyard
Looking for something unique in the Yadkin Valley? Look no further than Shadow Springs Vineyard. With unique offerings such as Shortcake Strawberry Wine and Shadow-Rita, Shadow Springs Vineyard combines quality wine-making techniques with fresh takes on sweet wines. Grab a wine slush, take a step onto their porch and soak in the breathtaking view.
5543 Crater Rd, Hamptonville, N.C.
7. Slightly Askew Winery
As their name suggests, Slightly Askew Winery takes a different approach to their winemaking. Using local juices from more than just grapes, Slightly Askew delivers wines with a twist like Peachie Keen Peach Chardonnay and Reel Good Strawberry Reisling. If you are looking for a new take on an old favorite, Slightly Askew is the place for you.
913 N. Bridge St, Elkin, N.C.
6. Native Vines Winery
Known as the first American Indian-owned vineyard in the United States, Native Vines Winery has a proud Native American heritage. Surrounded by ancient burial grounds and other historical sites, the winery overflows with history and cultural pride. Enjoy a taste of days past and keep an eye out for ancient arrowheads.
1336 N. NC Highway 150, Lexington, N.C.
5. McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks
With a focus on energy efficiency and earth-friendly techniques, McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks strives to create quality wines and hard ciders while also considering the impact of their business. Unlike many vineyards and wineries in the area, McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks not only offers wine, but also hard ciders made from North Carolina apples.
315 Thurmond PO Rd, Thurmond, N.C.
4. Brushy Mountain Winery
Brushy Mountain Winery rests in charming, historic Downtown Elkin. Their tasting room combines sleek, modern decor with worn brick walls covered in decades-old, hand-painted advertisements. Patrons can enjoy a tasting, check out unique paintings, all while being swooned by local musicians.
125 W. Main St, Elkin, N.C.
3. Elkin Creek Vineyard
The smell of freshly baked, wood-fire brick oven pizza wafts from the doors of Elkin Creek Vineyard every Sunday. Their kitchen offers homemade sourdough bread, cheeses, meats and locally made jams Thursday through Sunday.
318 Elkin Creek Mill Rd, Elkin, N.C.
2. Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery
Take a step back in time to old Italy as you drive the long dirt road leading to the beautiful Raffaldini Vineyard. With the stone-covered exterior and veranda overlooking the vineyard, it is easy to be swept away and feel as if you are sipping wine in the Italian countryside.
450 Groce Rd, Ronda, N.C.
1. Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery
Once a functioning dairy farm, Grassy Creek Vineyard holds true to where it came from. The tasting room operates out of a former barn and welcomes patrons with endearing rustic decor. Paying tribute to their dairy history, the vineyard sells two signature wines out of glass milk bottles decorated with a rendition of the original company logo.
265 Chatham Cottage Ln, State Road, N.C.