Last Updated on July 26, 2021
Last Updated on July 26, 2021
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There are more than 40 wineries located in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina. Within that region, there are several wine trails worth exploring. The Surry County Wine Trail is one of them and includes nearly half of the region’s wineries.
Each offers something different from the one before or after it. From family-friendly settings to romantic vineyard cabins, these wineries in Surry County are some of the best you’ll find in North Carolina.
We’ll take you through the Surry County Wine Trail’s wineries in ABC order in this guide. To visually plan your trip through the area, you can also download or request a map.
Either way, you can easily find the ones you want to visit when planning your trip to the best viticultural region in North Carolina!
The Surry County Wine Trail
Wine is to be enjoyed responsibly, so please try to understand your limits and have a designated driver ready while exploring the Surry County Wine Trail.
139 Benge Dr, Elkin
Adagio Vineyards is a terrific winery along the Surry County Wine Trail that makes European-style dry wines. Named for the owners’ love of wine and music, Adagio celebrates the life of going slow on purpose.
Our favorite wines include their Petit Verdot, Vivace, and Coda.
Adagio is one of a few kid-friendly wineries that we’ll mention in this guide, in case you want to sip local with the whole family!
Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery
170 Heritage Vines Way, Elkin
Step inside the beautiful wood tasting room at Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery for the ultimate wine tasting experience. The wines produced at Carolina Heritage come from their certified organic fruits grown on the estate.
There are 9 acres of hybrid and muscadine grapes and 1.5 acres of blueberries.
Sustainable farming is important to vineyard owners Clyde and Pat Colwell. Beyond being a USDA-certified organic farm, they are also vegan, using no animal by-products or grains in wine production.
Elkin Creek Vineyard
318 Elkin Creek Mill Rd, Elkin
Elkin Creek Vineyard is a beautiful vineyard and one of our personal favorites along the Surry County Wine Trail! It is family-friendly and set along the banks of a gentle creek with a small waterfall.
On Sundays, Elkin Creek Vineyard serves wood-fired pizzas that make for an awesome accompaniment to their estate-grown wines. They also have adorable cabins for romantic getaways in the Yadkin Valley.
Our favorite Elkin Creek wines include their Rossa and Oaked Chardonnay.
Golden Road Vineyards
542 Golden Rd, State Road
Nestled on 25 acres of beautiful land in the Blue Ridge Mountains is Golden Road Vineyards. 5 of those acres are under vine with Merlot, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Tannat, and Traminette.
Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery
235 Chatham Cottage Ln, State Rd, Elkin
Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery is a crowd favorite along the Surry County Wine Trail. The former working dairy farm is now a dog and kid-friendly winery that has beautiful and sweeping views.
After enjoying a glass of wine lace up your hiking boots and enjoy an easy hike to Carter Falls from the vineyard!
Our favorite Grassy Creek wines include their Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, and Red Barn Blend.
Haze Gray Vineyards
761 Stony Knoll Rd, Dobson
Haze Gray Vineyards sits in the foothills on an 85-acre farm that produces delicious North Carolina wines. With the first grapes planted in 2015, they now grow nine varieties and produce an incredible Petit Verdot and Italian-style Pinot Grigio.
Also, ask about their delicious and refreshing wine slushees!
This winery is proudly veteran-owned. Both Becky and Deane Muhlenberg have military backgrounds, and they love showing their support for the community with their wall of heroes.
Haze Gray also has a beautiful cottage on the property available for rent. We stayed here and can attest that it is a wonderful place to stay nestled in the vines!
125 Hidden Vines Lane, Dobson
Hidden Vineyard is a family-run winery that opened in 2020 and is a story of revival. When the Shermans and Longenettes moved in in 2017, they found that the fifteen-year-old vines were neglected.
While repairing the vines, they also restored an 1890s tobacco cabin and all of the winery buildings with resources from the property.
Beyond the beautiful acreage, Hidden Vineyard produces wines that are exemplary of the owners’ unique palates. Here you’ll taste a classic Chardonnay that finishes with pear and green apple notes.
JOLO Winery & Vineyards
219 Jolo Winery Ln, Pilot Mountain
Another incredible winery on the Surry County Wine Trail is JOLO Winery and Vineyards. Enjoy a glass or a tasting, but make sure to soak in the stunning views with Pilot Mountain in the background.
JOLO Winery is also one of the few Yadkin Valley wineries that also has a world-class restaurant. Make a reservation to enjoy a wonderful dinner after a tasting!
Favorites from our wine tasting included the Pilot Fog and Jolotage. I loved the last one so much that I bought a case for Christmas gifts!
Jones von Drehle Vineyards
964 Old Railroad Grade Rd, Thurmond
Make sure to say hello to Chloe, the vineyard’s Golden Retriever!
McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
315 Thurmond PO Road, Thurmond
McRitchie Winery is located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley in Wilkes County, with a laidback vibe and friendly atmosphere. Family-owned and operated, McRitchie uses sustainable farming to produce exceptional wines and hard ciders.
Our favorite McRitchie wines include their Unoaked Chardonnay and Ring of Fire Red.
Old North State Winery
308 N Main St, Mount Airy
Old North State Winery is the only urban winery on the Surry County Wine Trail. In the heart of Mt. Airy, the tasting room is located in a former hardware store. While the grapes are grown in the Yadkin Valley, owner Ben Webb wanted the winery to add to the vibrancy of downtown.
With a lively atmosphere, live music, and world-class food, Old State Winery is a fun way to enjoy North Carolina wine and the wonderful town of Mount Airy.
Pilot Mountain Vineyards & Winery
1162 Bradley Road, Pinnacle
Pilot Mountain Vineyards started in 1996 on 31 acres of beautiful rolling hills and vines. The well-established upper vineyard was one of the Yadkin Valley’s first and has long provided delicious wines and blends.
If you would like to soak up the views even longer, Pilot Mountain Vineyards also has a cabin available for rental. We even listed it in our favorite North Carolina Airbnbs!
Try their Cranberry Delight, a Voignier with natural cranberry!
Round Peak Vineyards
765 Round Peak Church Rd, Mount Airy
With a cozy, mountainous backdrop, Round Peak Vineyards is a family-friendly winery that offers French and Italian varietals. Producing both dry and sweet wines one of their 12 acres of vines, this Surry County winery is a fantastic place to enjoy nature.
Complete with a disc golf course, we enjoy getting a bottle, a blanket, and having a picnic at Round Peak. If you’d like to spend an entire weekend there are also adorable vineyard cabins for rent!
364 Beast Trail, Mount Airy
Making wine fun and approachable, Serre Vineyards is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a gorgeous backdrop. The iconic white barn tasting room serves as an excellent location to sip on some dry European varietals.
Serre Vineyards is kid-friendly and has food trucks and live music on the weekends.
286 Cabernet Ln, Dobson
Established in 1999, Shelton Vineyards is one of the oldest Yadkin Valley wineries on the Surry County Wine Trail. Growing on former tobacco land, Shelton Vineyards produces exceptional wines with sustainable farming practices.
Shelton Vineyard grows quite a few varietals, including the following: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec, Tannat, Petit Verdot, Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Petit Manseng.
Elevate your experience by enjoying a meal at their onsite restaurant Harvest Grill. This is also one of a handful of restaurants where you can eat sonker, a regional dessert that goes back to the 1800s.
If you’d like to make it a weekend, stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites at Shelton Vineyards, the only Hampton with a wine bar!
Slightly Askew Winery
913 N Bridge St, Elkin
Located near downtown Elkin is a fun and vibrant winery that everyone should enjoy—Slightly Askew! Featuring more fruit-forward and sweeter wines, Slightly Askew is a family-friendly environment for wine drinkers.
If you are looking for something more on the dry side, Slightly Askew produces dry South American style wines as opposed to the traditional Italian style mostly found in the Yadkin Valley.
Stony Knoll Vineyards
1143 Stony Knoll Rd, Dobson
From a family farm to tobacco to grapes, the land at Stony Knoll Vineyards has been cultivating roots since 1896. In April of 2001, Stony Knoll became a vineyard with 5 acres of grapes. Today, there are more than 10 acres under vine featuring 10 grape varietals.
The vibe at Stony Knoll is inviting and family-friendly. You can expect great wines with a relaxing view of the rolling knolls of vines.
Ready to Explore the Surry County Wine Trail?
We’re so happy to have the Surry County Wine Trail and hope you’re able to responsibly explore it, along with these other wine trails in North Carolina. If you’ve been able to get out and visit some of these wineries, which ones are your favorites?
Also, do you have any additional wine trails to suggest? We’d love to know about them and your experiences with them.