North Carolina Wineries – Yadkin County NC

by | Jul 20, 2019

Joan and I always look forward to discovering new vineyards and wineries in our RV travels. While staying in Mt. Airy, NC we discovered there were over 30 vineyards within a 30 minute drive from our location at Mayberry Campground. We took an afternoon to explore the area and settled in Yadkin County, just on the edge of Elkin, NC. We found two North Carolina wineries of interest – Shelton Vineyards and Grassy Creek Vineyards, and had a great time touring and tasting a number of exceptional wines.

North Carolina Wineries of Yadkin County

In Yadkin County, there are over a dozen commercial wine producers. From small boutique farms to larger commercial operations, each has a distinctive presence along with variation in their wine making to create some great vintages from this area. In addition to wines, several vineyards have restaurants or cafes, bed and breakfast, wedding venues and special events throughout the year. Visit this link to learn more about the Yadkin Valley Wine Country.

Shelton Vineyards

Shelton Vineyards was our first stop. We had the fortunate experience to meet the vineyard manager and he offer to take us on a tour of the winery. It was amazing to see and hear about Shelton Vineyards wine making process, where the grapes are crush and processed to the many barrels of aging wine. Our tasting and the sample of the wines capped off our visit. My favorites were the Cabernet Franc, Merlot and an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon. Joan was very fond of the Estate Chardonnay and their Riesling.

The grounds at Shelton Vineyards are picturesque. Rolling hills, acres upon acres of grape vines, along with the beautiful tasting room made the visual experience of Shelton Vineyards complete. Joan and I had a great visit along with great wines.

Grassy Creek Vineyards

Our next stop, Grassy Creek Vineyards where we meet owner and winemaker, Jim Douthit. What a treat to talk with Jim and learn about his vineyard along with his wine making philosophy. Equally fun was the group at the winery – a mix of locals and tasters like Joan and I, and we so enjoyed to homey atmosphere and the feeling we belonged.

The wines were fantastic. Sometimes you visit a winery and you taste a few good wines and others that may not meet expectations. Not the case at Grassy Creek, Jim’s wines were superb. I’m not a fan of a steel cast Chardonnay, but Jim had the most amazing bottle I’ve ever tasted. Equally delicious were the Chambourcin (my favorite), the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Joan, a fan of the sweeter wines, fell head over heels for the Perfect Pear, a Traminette and Sémillon wine infused with pear juice.

What a wonderful day visiting these North Carolina wineries, seeing the beautiful rolling hills and vineyards around Yadkin Valley. We look forward to returning soon and experiencing more of this great region.

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