North Carolina Wine Trails
North Carolina is proud to be the state that cultivates the United States first native grape and is the only place in the world where every major type of grape is grown. With close to 200 wineries and 400 vineyards you are spoiled for choice, with many offering to host events, including weddings.
Shallow Ford Wine Trail
Brandon Hills Vineyard
Founded in 2005 in Yadkinville. this is a deliberately small three-acre family-owned vineyard. The grapes are grown on a lyre system to balance vine growth and grape production. The first harvest was in 2007 with red wines oaked for 18 months before bottling. Varieties grown here are Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Pinot Gris.
10 minutes from Winston-Salem, Medaloni Cellars offers tasting sessions, will host events, including weddings for up to 152 guests and has accommodation so you can watch the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Hanover Park Vineyard
Michael and Amy Helton’s tasting room is an 1897 farmhouse with outdoor spaces under the centuries old oaks where visitors can relax. The couple special in blended wines. “Michael’s Blend” and “1897” are blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and in some years Malbec and Petit Verdot are added to the blend. Other grapes grown here are Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne.
Misty Creek Vineyards
Established in 2001, this is a family-owned and operated 14 acre vineyard in Mocksville. Grapes include Chardonnay, Traminette, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Chambourcin. Sweet wines are also made with real fruit extracts, including blueberry and blackberry. Saturday is events day at the vineyard.
Southern Gateway Wine Trail
Situated in Lexington, this once simple winery has grown to include a broad calendar of events and daily wine tastings. The winery stocks a range of handmade wines so there is something for every taste, including dessert wines.
Native Vines Winery
Owned and managed by Darlene Gabbard, Native Vines Winery, on 36 acres of land, is the first American-Indian owned winery in the country. The winery is bordered by the old Waxhaw Indian Trading Trail and Indian Grave Creek, where ancient arrowheads can still be found. Gabbard has produced a number of award winning wines as well as fruit blends and a unique line of green tea wines.
Opened in 2004, by NASCAR team owner Richard Childress with the help of award-winning winemaker Mark Friszolowski, the business has since won more than 750 medals for their wines. Across 72 acres of vineyards the company produce more than 30 wines from the 11 varieties of European Vitis vinifera cultivars grown. The wines include house blends, premium varietals, a sparkling wine, reserves and muscadine wines.
Junius Lindsay Vineyard
Named after the current owners grandfather who started Zimmerman Farm in 1894, the vineyard was first planted in 2004 across two acres and has since grown to 11 acres. The first vines were Viognier, with Syrah, Petite Sirah, Roussanne and Grenache added later.