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More than a dozen of the 40-plus wineries in the Yadkin Valley are located in Surry County, making Surry the center of this popular wine region.
In fact, the Yadkin Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) was born in Surry County in 2003, spearheaded by Charlie and Ed Shelton of Shelton Vineyards. That designation solidified the Yadkin Valley as a bona fide wine region and spurred growth of wineries in the valley.
Wineries in Surry County
That growth has certainly been felt in Surry County. Thirteen wineries now operate in the county: Adagio, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Grassy Creek, Herrera Vineyards, Hutton Vineyards, JOLO, Old North State, Round Peak, Shelton Vineyards, Slightly Askew, Stony Knoll and Surry Cellars.
Two more wineries, Jones von Drehle and McRitchie, are located just outside the county and work closely with their counterparts in Surry County.
“The wines get better and better every year as the vines age. Because of that, our wines are winning more awards and we’re getting more exposure,” says county manager Chris Knopf. “People traveling to a wine destination want to have a lot of options. We have that in Surry County.”
Each of Surry’s wineries has an interesting story, from the state’s first certified organic winery at Carolina Heritage Vineyards to the officially-designated North Carolina Century Farm at Stony Knoll Vineyards, which has been in the same family since 1896.
Shelton Vineyards, meanwhile, is the state's largest family-owned estate winery.
Yadkin Valley AVA
Another strength of Surry wineries is location. The Yadkin Valley features a temperate climate, loamy soil, and latitudes similar to Napa Valley. Elevations range from 800 to 1,200 feet, ideal for growing French vinifera grapes. These grapes, also known as European vinifera, make up roughly 70 percent of the area’s grapes, with muscadines making up much of the remainder. This differentiates the Yadkin Valley from other NC regions, where muscadines are predominant and produce sweeter wines.
See this informative video featuring select vineyards and their owners in Surry County
Yadkin wines showcase the classic varietals, such as: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio, Viognier and Riesling. Malbec and Tannat also play an important role in the valley, along with some hybrid grapes, such as Cynthiana, Traminette and Chambourcin.
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Old North State WineryThis urban winery is located in an 1890's mercantile building in downtown Mount Airy and features outstanding wines as well as hand-crafted ales at the tasting bar. Old North State produces a strong selection of wines under the following labels: 38 Vines, Old North State and Fish Hippie. The Fish Hippie wines are part of a lifestyle brand that includes a popular clothing line. An upscale deli menu is available for lunch and a Tapas menu for dinner. The winery hosts live entertainment on a regular basis. It also serves the region's signature dessert, sonker, and is a member of the Surry Sonker Trail.
308 N. Main Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030
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Round Peak VineyardsRound Peak Vineyards, also home to Skull Camp Brewery, is located a few miles outside Mount Airy in a picturesque setting framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Round Peak produces a number of award-winning French and Italian wines and is one of only two NC wineries growing the coveted Nebbiolo grape. Tasting room include a large covered back patio with seating area, mountain views and occasional live entertainment. Round Peak has two rental cabins in the vineyards.
765 Round Peak Church Road, Mount Airy, NC 27030