Last Updated on May 5, 2021
Last Updated on May 5, 2021
North Carolina is blessed with some incredible wineries and vineyards, with varietals for every type of drinker! If you’re looking to make the most of your next weekend in our wine-producing regions, we suggest pairing a few together through one of these North Carolina wine trails!
Since many wineries in North Carolina (especially in regions like the Yadkin Valley) are concentrated in specific areas, these wine trails are relatively easy to navigate. Of course, we recommend you drink responsibly and travel with a designated driver or transportation plan.
We’ll include a few more tips to keep you safe in this guide, along with a half-dozen NC wine trails to get your adventure started! If you’re ready to start planning, we are ready to start sharing, so buckle up and get ready for some sippable fun!
We think visits to wineries and vineyards are among the best things to do in North Carolina.
Tips for Visiting North Carolina Wine Trails
As we mentioned at the beginning, wine is to be enjoyed responsibly, so please try to understand your limits and have a designated driver ready.
While the wineries in these trails are situated close to each other, many still require driving on country roads. Be safe and smart!
Also, we love visiting kid-friendly wineries in North Carolina, but not every winery is welcoming to tiny humans–and that’s okay! Make sure to call ahead to ask if they allow children. This goes for furry friends too!
And finally, stay hydrated! Pack a nice picnic and snacks to enjoy with your wine.
Learn more about the wine you’re drinking by asking questions! Many times, the people pouring your glass are also the farmers out in the field. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the craft and keep coming back to try different varieties.
North Carolina Wine Trails
Wine Peaks in the Valley
Note: The Yadkin Valley Wine & Beer Passport is on hold through winter 2021 to 2022. You are still welcome to visit and support each of this area’s wineries, breweries, and restaurants as we await the program’s resumption!
Weaving through the Yadkin Valley, this North Carolina wine trail stretches through the towns of Elkin, Pilot Mountain, Dobson, and Mount Airy.
If you pick up a Yadkin Valley Wine & Beer Passport, you can receive tastings at ten incredible wineries, four craft breweries, and discounts at local restaurants. The passport is a one-time purchase that we think is a valuable investment and makes for a fantastic gift!
Here’s a breakdown of the wineries and breweries that participated in the most recent Passport:
- Adagio Vineyards (Elkin)
- Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery (Elkin)
- Elkin Creek Vineyard and Winery (Elkin)
- Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery (Elkin)
- Haze Gray Vineyards (Dobson)
- Roaring River Vineyards (Traphill)
- Round Peak Vineyards (Mount Airy)
- Shelton Vineyards (Dobson)
- Slightly Askew Winery (Elkin)
- Stony Knoll Vineyards (Dobson)
Breweries included the following:
- Angry Troll Brewing (Elkin)
- Skull Camp Brewery, Winery, & Smokehouse (Elkin)
- Thirsty Souls Brewing (Mount Airy)
- White Elephant (Mount Airy)
A bonus to the Yadkin Valley Wine & Beer Passport is that one local distillery (Mayberry Spirits in Mount Airy) also participates.
Swan Creek Wine Trail
Within the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) is another microclimate designated as its own AVA. The Swan Creek AVA features its own unique wineries and includes a North Carolina wine trail for you to enjoy!
There are four vineyards along this NC wine trail, all within 5 miles of each other in the Yadkin County town of Hamptonville. They include the following:
Southern Gateway Wine Trail
The Southern Gateway Trail will take you through NC barbecue country and expose you to exquisitely crafted wines! Based in and around the Davidson County seat of Lexington, this is one of the most diverse North Carolina wine trails we’ll feature.
Shallow Ford Wine Trail
Named for the shallow area where pioneers and Civil War cavalries crossed the Yadkin River, this is another of our North Carolina wine trails that includes four wineries. The Shallow Ford Wine Trail will also take you to three different counties (Forsyth, Davie, and Yadkin).
You can sip Chardonnay at Medaloni Cellars and enjoy the Old World atmosphere found at Hanover Park Vineyard. Take the whole family, including your pets, to Misty Creek Vineyards, and soak in the rolling scenery at Brandon Hills Vineyard.
Uwharrie Mountain Trail
If you are looking for an incredible day trip from Charlotte, then the Uwharrie Mountain Trail is a great option! There are three wineries on this wine trail, all in the Stanly County town of Albemarle.
They offer a great mix of European and American varietals. In addition, all of these wineries have incredible views of the Uwharrie Mountains, which are believed to be over 500 million years old!
Wineries on this trail include the following:
Yadkin River Wine Trail
The last of our North Carolina wine trails is possibly the most influential. The Yadkin River is surrounded by so many NC wineries and in this area just outside Winston-Salem, some pretty unique ones have popped up over the years.
The Yadkin River Wine Trail includes five wineries and is probably the most interesting of our North Carolina wine trails, though we’re not playing favorites. At these wineries, you’ll get to drink with llamas and miniature horses. One is cow-themed and there’s even an organic vegetable farm in the mix!
Wineries along this wine trail include the following:
Ready to Explore These North Carolina Wine Trails?
While this list is nowhere near close to mentioning every single winery, we think these North Carolina wine trails make a great start. We’re sure that while you visit these wineries, that you’ll either overhear people talking about nearby spots to visit.
That’s why we think these NC wine trails are the perfect introduction, but also a great guide to our AVAs and wine-producing regions. Again, we ask that you sip responsibly but hope you’re able to get out there and support these businesses as they continue putting out such wonderfully crafted wines!
Have you visited any of the wineries we included in these North Carolina wine trails? Better yet, have you followed any of the trails? We’d love to know about your favorite places to sip and your experiences with these wonderful businesses.