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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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JOLO VineyardsThis high-end boutique winery sits on a picturesque spot framed by Pilot Mountain. JOLO offers a well-appointed tasting room that is comfortable and welcoming. The winery aims to set a new standard for winemaking and hospitality in the Yadkin Valley region. Each varietal was selected based on the area's micro-climate with a focus on creating award-winning wines. The tasting room is home to End Posts Restaurant, serving lunch and tapas dishes Thursday through Sunday. A luxurious one-bedroom chateau is available for overnight stays.
219 JOLO Winery Lane, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041