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.
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.
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.
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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Adagio VineyardsAdagio is a musical term which means to perform slowly with passion, two descriptors which apply to the growing and making of wine. Drs. Tim and Jan Wahl named the vineyard and winery after Adagio because it represents their passions for classical music and wine.
139 Benge Drive, Elkin, NC 28621
Carolina Heritage VineyardsNorth Carolina's first USDA Certified Organic Vineyard and first solar powered winery. Located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley, the winery cultivates nine acres of American native and hybrid grapes and 1.5 acres of native blueberries to produce naturally delicious wines. Carolina Heritage uses no animal by-products or grains, resulting in wines that are vegan friendly and gluten-free.
170 Heritage Vines Way, Elkin, NC 28621
Elkin Creek VineyardEstablished in 2001, the winery overlooks Elkin Creek and the historic Elkin Creek Mill. Vineyards are comprised of six acres of Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier. Elkin Creek's hand-crafted wines are consistenly well-received and regularly win awards at wine competitions. The rustic elegance of the tasting room is accented by hand-hewn beams and hardwood floors. The winery serves gourmet brick oven pizzas on Sundays and has facilities for hosting weddings and groups. Four upscale rental cabins are available.
318 Elkin Creek Mill Road, Elkin, NC 28621
Grassy Creek Vineyard and WineryGrassy Creek Vineyard and Winery is located on a former dairy farm just north of Elkin. Enjoy wine tasting in the historic Red Barn and scenic walks along the vineyard's trail system. Overnight excursions are available on-site at the Klondike Cabins.
235 Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, NC 28676
Herrera VineyardsHerrera Vineyards is set amidst rolling hills one mile outside Dobson. The Herrera family went to great lengths to ensure the winery would be worthy of its location in the heart of the Yadkin Valley region. The result is a striking tasting room & restaurant with a Southwestern villa exterior and an inviting interior of rich wood textures with hand-made iron fixtures. The grounds include two 75-foot wide terraces and a waterfall.
283 Vineyard Lane, Dobson, NC 27017
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
Jones von Drehle Vineyards & WineryJones von Drehle Vineyards and Winery is a 65-acre family-owned winery on the rising slope of the Blue Ridge northwest of Elkin. The vineyards consist of 30 acres of classic wine grapes including Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Viognier and Petit Manseng. Jones von Drehle is known for its quality dry wines, many of which are served in finer restaurants throughout North Carolina.
964 Old Railroad Grade Road, Thurmond, NC 28683
McRitchie Winery and CiderworksMcRitchie specializes in award-winning artisan wines and hard ciders. This family-owned winery is located on 30 scenic acres where the foothills rise to meet the Blue Ridge Mountains. The estate vineyards are farmed using sustainable and low-impact methods, carefully working with nature to achieve healthy, balanced soils and plants.
315 Thurmond Post Office Rd., Thurmond, NC 28683
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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
Shelton VineyardsShelton Vineyards is the largest family-owned estate winery in North Carolina. The facility boasts the Harvest Grill restaurant, tasting bar, gift shop, and picnic areas. Tours available on a regular basis. Special events include summer concerts at the amphitheatre and the Harvest Festival.
286 Cabernet Ln, Dobson, NC 27017
Slightly Askew WineryA different kind of winery for the Yadkin Valley. Slightly Askew offers a large selection of sweet wines produced from grapes and fruits harvested locally, as well as from some of the better wine regions in the world. Fruit wines have whimsical names like Peachie Keen, Numb Knutz and Bubba Lou's Choice. The winery also produces more traditional reds and whites, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
913 North Bridge Street, Elkin, NC 28621
Stony Knoll VineyardsLocated minutes away from Historic Rockford and the Yadkin River, this family owned vineyard is located on a North Carolina Century Farm founded in 1896. Relax in the tasting room overlooking Stony Knoll's designer vineyard with a mountain backdrop.
1143 Stony Knoll Road, Dobson, NC 27017