A new service in Surry County makes it easier than ever to explore Yadkin Valley wine country. The Elkin Vine Line runs regular loops to local wineries, allowing folks to get on and off at their convenience.
Operating on Saturdays and Sundays, the service begins and ends at the Yadkin Valley Heritage & Trails Visitor Center in downtown Elkin. The Central Red Line runs to five Surry County wineries, while the South Green Line incorporates wineries in neighboring counties.
Visitors may hop off at as many or as few wineries on the loop as they choose. The vans arrive at each winery approximately every hour. While at the wineries, visitors can track the Vine Line vans via a mobile phone app.
“We came up with this concept to find a better way to move people around in wine country,” says Dennis Lazar, owner of The Elkin Vine Line. “Wine tours cater to large, unified groups, but our sweet spot is groups of two or four people, such as a couple of couples, that we can move around easily.”
Departure times for the Red Line are 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, and 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. on Sunday. Stops included on the Red Line are Grassy Creek, Elkin Creek, Adagio, Skull Camp Brewery (which also serves wine from Round Peak Vineyards), and Slightly Askew.
“We want to give as much choice and freedom to our riders as possible,” Lazar says. “We’ve had people already to get off and say, ‘Wow I didn’t know this place existed; I’m going to stay here a little longer.’ ”
Advance reservations are recommended. Daylong passes are $36 each. Passes are available for purchase at www.ElkinVineLine.com, and trips may be booked as far as 60 days in advance.
The Elkin Vine Line also accommodates spontaneous trips, so customers wishing to visit wineries on a Saturday or Sunday without an advance pass may go to the Visitor Center, check if the Vine Line has empty seats and pay on the spot for their trip.
Once riders finish their tasting experiences and return to the Visitor Center, they are encouraged to explore downtown Elkin’s shopping, dining and entertainment options. The Elkin Vine Line also offers a hotel hopper that picks up and drops off riders at four local hotels.
To learn more or book a trip, visit www.ElkinVineLine.com.
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