Shelton Vineyards was founded in 1999 and is the largest family-owned estate winery in North Carolina. It is located in the Yadkin Valley near Dobson and Mt. Airy, North Carolina. The winery features a spacious visitor center with a tasting bar and gift shop. It also offers tours and tastings every day of the week. Picnicking is encouraged due to its beautiful landscape. It sponsors a summer concert series on its outdoor stage during the summer months. It also offers upscale dining with a bistro atmosphere in its Harvest Grill restaurant. Come entertain yourself in the Yadkin Valley with this vineyards fabulous wines.
The Yadkin River Wine Trail is holding its Mini-Festivals on the first Sunday of each month through October 2011. The mini-festivals are like a big backyard party with each winery taking a turn hosting the the other wineries along with their own food and bands. Each month, the venue changes, and this changes the atmosphere of each event with a completely different experience.
Twenty-five different wines can be sampled from five wineries including: Cellar 4201 Vineyard; Divine Llama Vineyards; Flint Hill Vineyards and Century Kitchen; RagApple Lassie Vineyards; and Sanders Ridge Winery, Restaurant, and Big Woods Zip Line.
The mini-festivals are held the first Sunday of each month through October, from noon until 4 p.m. You are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Tickets are $10 and include a tasting with all five vineyards. Ticket holders must be 21 years old or older. Tickets can be purchased during the day of the event or in advance at each winery.
For info, visit http://www.yadkinriverwinetrail.com.
July 3- Divine Llama Vineyards
August 7- Flint Hill Vineyards and Century Kitchen
September 4- Sanders Ridge Winery, Restaurant, and Big Woods Zip Line
October 2- Cellar 4201 Vineyard
Whether you enjoy drinking wine with every meal and know all the types or you just want to try something different than what you’re used to at home, the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival has a little something for everyone. With crafts, live music, and of course, wine tastings, this will be one festival that you won’t forget easily. In addition to wine, there will also be non-alcoholic beverages and food available for purchase, so children are more than welcome as well. Tickets in advance are $16 and tickets at the gate are $20. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21, from 11 am to 6 pm and bring your family to the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. For more information, visit the wine website.
The Raffaldini family can be traced back to the year 1348 in Lombardy, Italy. Since that time, the family has owned and continued to live on the farm where the great poet-philosopher Virgil spent his youth. The Raffaldini family has shared its winemaking experience in the Swan Creek area of the Yadkin Valley. Employing skills that have been cultivated throughout the ages, this vineyard produces handcrafted Italian wines. The essence of the Tuscan countryside has been captured in North Carolina through its authentic buildings and homemade Italian wine. For more information, visit their website.
The Shelton Vineyards boasts the title “The Premier Winery in the East.” It has also earned the title of the largest family owned winery in North Carolina. Located in Dobson, NC, the Shelton Winery includes a tasting bar, deli and cheese shop, and gift shop, as well as luscious scenery with picnicking spots. In the summer, concerts are shown on an outdoor stage.
The vineyards produce several wines, such as the esteemed Cabernet Sauvignon of Yadkin Valley, as well as Chardonnay, Merlot, and Riesling. If you enjoy wine, cheese, or fine food, the Shelton Vineyards and Winery are not to be missed.
See their business webpage http://www.sheltonvineyards.com
At Raffaldini Vineyard and Winery, you will have a chance to experience Tuscany in North Carolina. With its love of Italian heritage and passion for Italian wine, you are sure to enjoy everything this Vineyard has to offer. The vineyards include 43 acres and comprise grape varieties of Aglianico, Malbec, Montepulciano, Petit Verdot, Sangiovese, Moscato, Pinot Grigio and Vermentino. Many of these grapes are commonly grown in Italy, reinforcing their passion for Italian style wines. It offers wine tastings, vineyard tours, wine purchases and a great selection of a la carte Italian foods. Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery is a must see destination. If you have never traveled to Tuscany, you’ll have an opportunity to get a feel for the Tuscan countryside and great Italian-styled wines.
Buck Shoals Vineyard has been in the Crater family for five generations and can be found in the midst of the Yadkin County Amish community. The current site sits at an elevation of 1150 feet and has both east and west facing slopes. Buck Shoals Vineyard produces wines of the Bordeaux variety, growing eleven varieties but specializing in the Italian reds. It has expanded to include a distillery, which will make brandies and other types of spirits. The final Amarones, known as the raisin wine, are being developed with plans to do a honey wine. The elevation and soil type at Buck Shoals is similar to many wine growing areas in Italy. You are welcome to pick and enjoy table grapes as you wander along the path from the log cabin tasting room facility to the observation gazebo with its view of the Brushy Mountains facility. If your in the mood for good wine and good times then you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to capture Italian wine at its finest.