Essentials for Visiting North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley Wine Region

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Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, North Carolina

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina you'll find the Yadkin Valley Wine Region. The area west of Winston-Salem, once famous for it's Gold Leaf Tobacco is quickly gaining notoriety for a new yet old crop. The Grape. The first federally-recognized American Viticultural Area (AVA) in the state is producing award-winning wines and attracting visitors to taste and enjoy.

Finding the Yadkin Valley

Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge just west of Winston-Salem, 65-miles north of Charlotte, and a little over two hours west of Raleigh, The Yadkin Valley wine region is easily accessible via Interstate 40.  There are dozens of wineries along the picturesque winding trail and most feature tasting rooms. Make a day trip or spend a weekend exploring. Elkin or Mt. Airy make ideal hubs or starting points for your journey.
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Round Peak Vineyards in Mt. Airy, NC is a dog-friendly winery.

A Variety of Styles

From small cozy tasting rooms to 'urban' wineries, to larger more spacious settings, the Yadkin Valley offers a variety of styles and venues for sampling in this scenic part of North Carolina. There are even dog-friendly wineries that welcome four-legged visitors to relax while dog parents sit inside and sip. The breath-taking scenery not only makes a splendid backdrop for wine tasting, it offers a special appeal for one-of-a-kind events and weddings.
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Hit the Trail

The travel and tourism boards of the counties that comprise the Yadkin Valley Wine Region cater to and welcome wine tourists. Hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, and of course the wineries offer an array of packages and perks to their guests.

With all the region has going for it, I must not forget the true star. The wine! The soil that once produced world-famous tobacco has been adapted to bring forth European-style varietals. The climate, soil, and expertise of wine-makers in the region make a trip to the Yadkin Valley an enjoyable journey.

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The Tasting Room and Wine Store at Shelton Vineyards.

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