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.
Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival
Yadkinville, NC—Art, craft and food vendors, live music, and blue ribbon competitions are planned during the annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 17 in downtown Yadkinville. The festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Below are a few highlights.
- Well Fargo Stagecoach pulls in at 11:00 a.m., delivering the mayor of Yadkinville to the festival. The stagecoach will furnish a popular backdrop for photo opportunities.
- Craft and art vendors
- There’s going to be a lot of festival food, such as the popular potato twirls, fresh-squeezed lemonade, or you can pick up a peck of vegetables at the farmers market.
- Watch working artists in the Cultural Center’s YARD working artist studios
- Watch basket makers and quilters demonstrate their craft
- “Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist” opens the day of the festival in the Cultural Center’s Welborn Gallery. You’ll be shown how to view watercolors through the magnifying glasses placed through the exhibit. The exhibit runs from September 15 to October 15.
- Buegrass jam on the Chamber of Commerce lawn will fill the air with fiddling sounds preceded by the sounds of songsters in the popular “Yadkin Idol” competition which begins at 11:30 am.
- Kids play areas feature giant inflatables, a petting zoo and a craft tent.
- Tip: Attendees who bring four cans of food to the Yadkin Christian Ministries tent will receive a raffle ticket for prizes.
For more information or to download an entry form for the blue-ribbon competitions, please visit www.yadkinarts.org or call (336) 679-2941.
The presenting sponsor for the festival is Unifi, Inc. Indera Mills is a platinum sponsor; gold sponsors are Duke Energy and Workforce Carolina; silver sponsors include Crystal Cleaners, Lomar Enterprises, Phillips-Van Heusen Foundation, Wachovia Bank and Yadkin Valley Bank. Bronze sponsors are CMS Insurance, G&B Energy and Southern Community Bank.
The God and Country Celebration in Yadkin County is a daylong town festival with a patriotic theme featuring music, food, crafts, parade, speeches and fireworks. This popular event will take place the Saturday before July 4th and will begin at 9:30 am. Estimates put attendance at this popular event between 10,000 and 15,000 people. The celebration starts off with a parade that features floats and bands, which compete for prizes. At noon, music begins on the music stage at the school and features local and regional bands performing bluegrass, old-time string band, gospel, and rock & roll. Beginning at 6:00pm, there is a patriotic program featuring a special speaker each year who talks about “God and Country”. There is also gospel singing and a special feature to the evening program honoring local veterans, which includes military music. Fireworks begin at 9:00pm.
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.
During the month of February, the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center will display the oils of African wildlife on loan by artist Grant Hacking and Borden Hanes. Also, on exhibit are the nature photographs by Sierra Club enthusiast Rod Hunter. While you’re there, you’ll want to explore the newly built Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville (226 East Main Street). Make sure you make time to stop by the café, browse through the galleries, and spend time in the courtyard plaza that is surrounded with fountains and mosaics. The center is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday through Sunday. The exhibit will be on display until March 24. For info, call (336) 679-2941 or visit www.yadkinarts.org.
Seven of the fourteen wineries in Yadkin County will participate in the Yadkin Winter Reds wine event to be held Feb. 26 through 27, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. [more]