Pair Yadkin Valley Wines with Fall Color this Autumn
Each fall, visitors seek out new ways to experience the changing of the leaves in North Carolina. Many wineries along the Surry County Wine Trail offer beautiful views from their tasting rooms, patios and surrounding vineyards.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Yadkin Valley is home to more than 40 wineries, and 15 of them are located along the Surry County Wine Trail. This time of year, you’ll find vineyard workers harvesting grapes and winemakers working overtime to press grapes as they come off the vine. It’s a busy, yet exciting time to visit and witness the harvest.
Round Peak Vineyards’ location in the northwestern quadrant of Surry County near the Virginia line offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. The winery and tasting room are perched at 1,300 feet in elevation with 13 acres of vineyards. The winery produces two lines of wines: Round Peak wines are dry French and Italian varietals, and Skull Camp wines are semi-dry and semi-sweet. The covered crush pad out back allows visitors to see the action when harvest takes place, serves as an outdoor stage when local bands play and provides an ideal viewing spot for the sunset each evening.
With a rustic tasting room overlooking its namesake creek and six acres of grapes, Elkin Creek Vineyard is a cozy spot to spend a fall afternoon. Each Sunday, the winery serves brick-oven pizzas, which visitors can enjoy with a bottle of Sangiovese or Chambourcin. Elkin Creek also has four well-appointed creek-side cabins within walking distance of the winery.
Shelton Vineyards, the largest family-owned estate winery in North Carolina, is tucked among the rural farmland of Dobson. Rolling acres of vineyard surround the winery and tasting room. With deciduous trees planted throughout the estate, pops of color punctuate the landscape as visitors wander down the walking trail around the lake. On Oct. 12-14, the vineyard hosts a Harvest Festival to celebrate the season with hayrides, food trucks, and free tours and tastings.
People come to JOLO Winery & Vineyards for its award-winning wines, of course, but many come just to admire the picture-perfect view of Pilot Mountain. Enjoy tasting the red and white blends in the lodge-style tasting room or outdoors on the expansive patio. End Posts Restaurant serves a tapas-style lunch menu Thursday through Sunday.
To map out your fall journey along the Surry County Wine Trail, click here
April 21, 2017
The Upcoming Budbreak Wine and Craft Beer Festival
“We’re in the heart of the largest wine-growing area in the state; we have a strong musical heritage, and the mountains are our backdrop for it all,” says Bob Meinecke, festival director.
June 19, 2017
Enjoy Music in the Vineyards at Shelton's Sunset Concert Series
On June 17, the versatile band Too Much Sylvia makes a return trip to Shelton Vineyards, focusing on a set list of beach and R&B.
Aug. 16, 2018
Ethan Brown Brings Winemaking Full Circle at Shelton Vineyards
Brown will be in the tasting room to meet guests, discuss the winemaking process and sign bottles of wine purchased at the winery.
Oct. 31, 2017
Find the Perfect Blend at 6th Annual Wine Symposium in Dobson
Marla Carroll , a winemaker at Franciscan Estate in the Napa Valley, will lead a presentation focused on “The Art of Blending.” Mark Hoffmann , North Carolina State University assistant professor and small fruits specialist with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, will share his expertise in grape production with a presentation titled “East Meets West.” Michael Jones , Scott Laboratories fermentation specialist, will discuss “Technical Blending,” based on more than 35 years of winemaking experience both domestically and abroad.