Surry County is located in the heart of North Carolina's Yadkin Valley wine region and home to some of the most popular wineries in NC wine country. Visitors receive a true "wine country experience" with a variety of scenic vineyards tucked in the rolling countryside of the Blue Ridge foothills. Options range from small, boutique wineries to North Carolina's largest family-owned estate winery.
It was here in Surry County that NC's first federally-designated American Viticultural Area - the Yadkin Valley AVA - was born 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.
Surry County Wine Trail
The growth of the Yadkin Valley AVA has certainly been felt in Surry County. The Surry County Wine Trail now features 18 wineries.
Fifteen of those 18 wineries are located in the county: Adagio, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Golden Road, Grassy Creek, Haze Gray, Hidden Vineyard, JOLO Vineyards, Old North State, Round Peak, Serre Vineyards, Shelton Vineyards, Slightly Askew, Stony Knoll and Surry Cellars.
Three more wineries, Jones von Drehle, McRitchie and Pilot Mountain Vineyards are located just outside the county and work closely with their counterparts in Surry County.
Together, these 18 vineyards make the Surry County Wine Trail the best wine trail in North Carolina. To receive a free trail guide, click here.
Overviews of each winery are at the bottom of this page.
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. Three wineries - Carolina Heritage, Golden Road and Haze Gray - are official Homegrown by Heroes farms, honoring agricultural businesses owned and operated by military veterans.
Yadkin Valley Terroir
Another strength of Surry wineries is location. North Carolina's Yadkin Valley features a temperate climate, loamy soil, and latitudes similar to Napa Valley. Elevations range from 800 to 1,600 feet, ideal for growing European vinifera grapes and French-American hybrids. Together these dry wine varietals 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 Southern wine regions, where muscadines are predominant and produce sweeter wines.
Check out this interesting video featuring select vineyards 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.
“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.”
Scroll down for individual listings of all Surry County Wine Trail vineyards in the Yadkin Valley or click here to request a free trail guide.
Owners Tim and Jan Wahl named the winery Adagio to represent their passions for classical wine and music. Enjoy fine wines in a rustically elegant tasting room.
Carolina Heritage Vineyards
North Carolina's first USDA Certified Organic Vineyard and first solar powered winery.
Elkin Creek Vineyard
The winery serves gourmet brick oven pizzas on Sundays and has facilities for hosting weddings and groups.
Golden Road Vineyards
Yadkin Valley, NC, vineyard on 25 acres framed by the Blue Ridge Mtns. Estate wines are served in a warm, inviting tasting room and outside around multiple fire pits.
Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery
Enjoy wine tasting in the historic Red Barn and scenic walks along the vineyard's trail system.
Haze Gray Vineyards
Haze Gray Vineyards, which draws its name from the color of U.S. naval ships, is located on an 85-acre former corn and tobacco farm just outside Dobson.
A boutique winery tucked on nine acres between Dobson and Pilot Mountain. Its spacious tasting room has an industrial farmhouse design with ample natural light, plus a porch with rocking chairs.
This boutique winery offers award-winning wines amidst a stunning backdrop framed by Pilot Mountain. The tasting room is home to End Posts Restaurant, serving lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday.
Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery
Jones von Drehle, part of the Surry County Wine Trail, is home to 30 acres of classic wine grapes including Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, Viognier & Petit Manseng.
McRitchie Winery and Ciderworks
The estate vineyards are farmed using sustainable and low-impact methods, carefully working with nature to achieve healthy, balanced soils and plants.
Old North State Winery
This urban winery is located in an 1890's mercantile building in downtown Mount Airy and features outstanding wines as well as hand-crafted ales and mixed drinks at the tasting bar.