With a superb combination of sun, soil and soul, Yadkin Valley wineries are ideally located in the North Carolina region that is rapidly gaining a reputation for growing high-quality grapes and producing world-class award-winning wines. Located in the Piedmont area of the Tar Heel State, wineries in the Yadkin Valley benefit from what many winemakers consider the best terroir in North Carolina.
This Yadkin Valley Wine Trail ® website was established in early 2002 to provide a single stop for wine lovers seeking information about the wine, wines, wineries, vineyard, vineyards, bed and breakfasts, hotels and other lodging, restaurants and other dining, antiques and antique stores, art galleries, winery tours and other businesses affiliated with winery tourism in the Yadkin Valley.
In recognition of these unique features, the federal government approved the Yadkin Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA), effective February 7, 2003. The Yadkin Valley AVA was North Carolina’s first, consisting of over 1.116 million acres located in Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes, Davie, Davidson and Forsyth counties. Adding to the importance of the Yadkin Valley with respect to wineries, the federal government approved the Swan Creek AVA as North Carolina’s second area, effective May 27, 2008.
The Swan Creek AVA consists of 96,000 acres located in Wilkes, Yadkin and Iredell counties. Over 57,000 acres of that total lies within the geographical boundaries of both viticultural areas. As of July 1, 2008, these are the only two designated AVAs in the state of North Carolina. In addition, a number of wineries in close proximity have banded together to form marketing associations. While not federally-designated AVAs, a handful of wineries listed on this site banded together as members of the Shallowford Wine Trail, the Yadkin River Wine Trail, and the Upper Yadkin Wine Trail. There are several more wine trails in the works, all within and encompassed by the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail ®.
There is a lot of history in the Yadkin Valley, from the original native Americans, to the Moravian settlers in the 1750s, to Daniel Boone, to the Revolutionary War, to the War Between the States, to Tom Dula (known as Tom Dooley) and Mayberry, as well as numerous wine festivals and tasting events, music festivals, craft and antique fairs. Many of the businesses along and around the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail ® contain a wonderful combination of Americana history, culture, arts and music along with award-winning wines.
Read more here: Yadkin Valley Wine Trail Official Site