One of my favorite parts of living where I do is the three dozen Yadkin Valley wineries surrounding me. Each one is unique and has its own specialty when it comes to wine as well as events or food.

If you visit them enough, you also get to know their owners and the people who work there which makes things even more special.

If you’re looking for a wine destination, but don’t want to go out to California then plan a trip to the Yadkin Valley. The wines are just as good and prices are much cheaper.

In the foothills of North Carolina, the climate and soil make for perfect growing conditions that match the famous wine regions of Italy.

You’ll definitely want to spend a whole weekend in the Yadkin Valley!

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Elkin Wineries

Slightly Askew Winery

yellow building with front porch and blue bottle tree outside. slightly askew - best yadkin valley wineries.

If you’re a sweet wine lover you will absolutely love Slightly Askew. The tasting room is right outside of downtown Elkin and has a cute front porch where you can sit and have a glass.

While their specialty is sweet wines with fruity flavors, They also make dry white and red wines. Many of their drier wines are made in a South American style instead of Italian.

Find out more here.

Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery

  • Address: 235 Chatham Cottage Ln, State Rd, NC
  • Food? Snacks (bags of chips, cheese & crackers, etc.)
  • Lodging? Three historic log cabins
  • Dog-friendly? Yes

Grassy Creek is located on what was once a working dairy farm. The tasting room is in the old horse stables and you drive past a huge white barn which is now their winemaking cellar.

While you’re here be sure to bring your hiking shoes because there is a hiking trail on property that leads to a dam in the creek. The trail is flat, easy, and not too long.

Find out more here.

Elkin Creek Vineyard

  • Address: 318 Elkin Creek Mill Rd, Elkin, NC
  • Food? On Sundays
  • Lodging? Four creek-side cabins
  • Dog-friendly? Outdoors
Tasting room at Elkin Creek Vineyard

Don’t get me wrong Elkin Creek has delicious wines, but I think my favorite part of this winery is the Sunday pizzas. They make their sourdough crust from scratch and have unique toppings combinations like bacon and brie which is my personal favorite.

You can also take a walk down by the creek behind the tasting room when the weather is nice. They have a gorgeous tasting room and a small covered patio that is a nice spot to hang out for a while. You should also take home a loaf of their homemade sourdough bread.

Find out more here.

Carolina Heritage Vineyard & Winery

  • Address: 170 Heritage Vines Way, Elkin, NC
  • Food? Cheese & crackers
  • Lodging? 2 bed/1 bath vacation home
  • Dog-friendly? *Pending response
front porch with rocking chairs and Christmas decor at Carolina Heritage - yadkin valley wineries with lodging

This winery is only a few minutes from my house so I absolutely love coming here. Not necessarily for the location – it’s for the people. The owners and tasting room manager are always so happy to see you and they make sure you’re taken care of.

The tasting room is very homey and they have games to play if you’d like to stay a while. With your tasting they serve some of the tastiest Chex Mix I’ve ever had. Not sure if it’s actually the Chex mix or the wine though (lol).

It’s one of the best wineries near Elkin!

Find out more here.

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Mt. Airy Wineries

Round Peak Vineyards

  • Address: 765 Round Peak Church Rd, Mt Airy, NC
  • Food? Cheese & crackers
  • Lodging? Two cabins
  • Dog-friendly? Yes
wine flight, glass of beer, and cheese and crackers

There are two different brands at Round Peak – one being Round Peak Wines and the other is Skull Camp which carries wine and beer. One has sweet wines while one has the dry. You can try both at the tasting room in Mount Airy or head to the Skull Camp Smokehouse in Elkin.

There’s a large patio at the tasting room at Round Peak where you can sit with a gorgeous view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They have grills available to use and there’s also a disc golf course that meanders through the vineyard.

Find out more here.

Old North State Winery

  • Address: 308 N Main St, Mt Airy, NC
  • Food? Restaurant on-site
  • Lodging? No
  • Dog-friendly? Outside
crab cake with asparagus on a white plate from Old North State Winery - yadkin valley nc

In downtown Mount Airy in what was an old hardware store you’ll find an upscale restaurant and winery. This is truly fine dining in a more relaxed atmosphere. Their weekly events include a Thursday Night Tasting Club and a Chef’s Table on Friday and Saturday nights.

The building is also on the local ghost tour so be sure to look out for anything supernatural. One of their popular wines, Restless Soul, is named for their resident ghost in the basement.

Mount Airy was the hometown of Andy Griffith – one of the many famous people from NC – so you’ll find many nods to the Andy Griffith Show while you’re downtown.

Find out more here.

Dobson Wineries

Shelton Vineyards

Shelton is one of the oldest and most well respected wineries in the area. They have a grand tasting room, a small pond nestled in the rolling hillside below their tasting room, and a delicious restaurant called Harvest Grill.

You’ll find Shelton’s wine widely distributed across North Carolina and the surrounding states. A visit to the tasting room should not be missed though.

Find out more here.

Herrera Vineyards

  • Address: 231 Vineyard Ln, Dobson, NC
  • Food? Restaurant on-site
  • Lodging? No
  • Dog-friendly? Yes – on patio
philly cheese steak with sweet potato fries and red wine at Herrera Vineyards

This gorgeous tasting room has a patio of your dreams. Order food from the restaurant and have a glass (or a bottle) whichever you choose and enjoy the view over the vines.

The restaurant has American and Mexican food and they serve beer on tap as well. This is the perfect destination for those who have beer lovers in their group as well. Note: they are currently closed for renovations as of December 2020.

Find out more here.

Haze Gray

front lawn with tobacco field across the street and flag in the foreground at Haze Gray Vineyards - yadkin valley wineries

This new winery really impressed me. The tasting room looks like a house right on the side of an old two-lane road out in the country. It’s right across from a tobacco farm, but don’t let any of that fool you. Their wine is wonderful and already won multiple awards.

In the summer, they sell wine slushies and also sell the wine/mix combo so you can make your own at home. They have a neat little gift shop with wine-related gifts.

Find out more here.

Stony Knoll Vineyards

This is THE place to come in the summer to sit on their patio with a glass of sangria. They have the best sangria and I don’t even like sangria that much. Visiting in winter? No worries – they have mulled wine that will knock your socks off.

A neat thing about Stony Knoll is that they are a North Carolina Century Farm which means the land has been in the same family for at least 100 years. The people that own it are incredibly sweet and you’ll leave feeling like family.

Find out more here.

Lexington Wineries

Weathervane Winery

  • Address: 1452 Welcome Arcadia Road Lexington, NC
  • Food? Snacks
  • Lodging? Two cabins.
  • Dog-friendly? Yes – outside.

Weathervane has a cute little tasting room and gift shop that you can explore. Everyone is so welcoming and will help you find the best wine for your taste.

They offer tastings based on whether you like sweet or dry wines and you’re sure to find one you love. Be sure to check out their event schedule because they have lots of fun festivals and live music events.

Find out more here.

Childress Vineyards

  • Address: 1000 Childress Vineyards Rd, Lexington, NC
  • Food? Restaurant on-site
  • Lodging? Holiday Inn Express & Suites next door
  • Dog-friendly? *Pending response

Where are my NASCAR fans at? Richard Childress, who is a racing legend in the NASCAR Hall of Fame, owns this winery and it’s definitely a sight to see.

The grounds are absolutely gorgeous and the wine isn’t too bad either. You can take a tour to learn more about their winemaking process.

They also have a Bistro that offers soups, sandwiches, and some heartier entree options as well. This one gets very crowded on the weekends since it’s one of the best wineries in Lexington, NC.

Find out more here.

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Pilot Mountain Wineries

JOLO Winery & Vineyards

  • Address: 219 Jolo Winery Ln, Pilot Mountain, NC
  • Food? Restaurant on-site
  • Lodging? Newlywed Chateau (available for non-newlyweds to book too)
  • Dog-friendly? No

Another restaurant and winery combo, this is the perfect place to order some appetizers and sit out on the patio for live music on a Sunday afternoon. The tasting room reminds me of a beautiful French chateau and there is a small pond with a view of the Pilot Mountain knob.

While a bottle of JOLO wine is more expensive than most in the area, purchasing a glass will run you about the same as anywhere else in the valley.

Find out more here.

Pilot Mountain Vineyards

  • Address: 1162 Bradley Rd, Pinnacle, NC
  • Food? Snacks
  • Lodging? Two suites (couples only)
  • Dog-friendly? No
view of Pilot Mountain from Pilot Mountain Vineyard through windows

This is a new vineyard that I was just able to visit a few weeks ago and holy moly at the view. Behind the bar, there are full-wall windows and you have an unobstructed view of Pilot Mountain.

I loved the dry reds here and they also serve wine slushies. The owners are incredibly nice and currently they are the bartenders as well.

Find out more here.

Other Yadkin Valley Wineries

Divine Llama

  • Address: 4126 Divine Llama Ln, East Bend, NC
  • Food? Occasionally they have food trucks
  • Lodging? No
  • Dog-friendly? Yes but not on the farm or near the llamas.
llama in a window with girl standing on its right at Divine Llama Winery - best winery in the yadkin valley

Wine and llamas what more could you want? This vineyard has some absolutely incredible wines and you can walk through the llama farm as you’re enjoying your glass.

Be sure to stop by when they’re doing a craft fair and you’ll probably see someone walking the llamas around on a leash. Needless to say, t’s definitely a unique spot.

Find out more here.

Sanders Ridge

  • Address: 3200 Round Hill Rd, Boonville, NC
  • Food? Snacks and small plates
  • Lodging? 1 bed/1 bath cabin
  • Dog-friendly? Yes

This tasting room is absolutely immaculate with its luxury log cabin look and large front porch. It sits back in the woods beside a pond with an adorable little gazebo. They have white, red, and sweet wines so there’s something for everyone to choose from.

They can even make a sangria using their Peach Mango wine that is absolutely mind-blowing. This is a beautiful place to retreat from the summer heat and enjoy a cold glass while you admire the rustic interior of the tasting room.

Find out more here.

Roaring River Vineyards

  • Address: 493 Brewer Mill Rd, Traphill, NC
  • Food? Restaurant on-site
  • Lodging? 1 bed/1 bath cabin
  • Dog-friendly? Yes
bridge crossing a river at Roaring River Vineyards - yadkin valley nc

Wine, beer, and incredible food right on the Roaring River. This is one of the best Yadkin Valley wineries with lodging in my opinion and if you stay overnight, you’re allowed to fish in the river. Another beautiful, rustic tasting room, the deck extends over the banks of the river so if it’s warm enough be sure to sit outside.

Stone Mountain State Park is right down the road, so one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday is a morning hike and then stopping here for lunch and a lazy afternoon. Nobody is bothered if you’re a little sweaty and maybe a tad under-dressed.

Find out more here.

Swan Creek AVA

Swan Creek is another AVA within the Yadkin Valley but is separated due to its unique microclimate. There are 7 wineries included – Dobbins Creek, Laurel Gray, Midnight Magdalena, Piccione, Raffaldini, Shadow Springs, and Windsor Run.

table and chairs with mountain landscape in the background at Piccione Vineyards
View at Piccione Vineyards

I’ve done a separate post all about the Swan Creek Vineyards. Four of these vineyards are only 5 miles apart! Very convenient if you ask me, make sure you bring a designated driver!

Find out more here.

Which one are you excited to visit? Any that you want to know more about? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. What a helpful post! When I’m planning a winery tour, it’s a pain to search each winery’s individual website for the information you listed here. This should be an amazing resource for anyone who wants to explore the wineries in Yadkin Valley.

  2. I live in Charlotte, NC and I have been looking for some good wineries to explore on the weekends! I’ll certainly add these to my list for future road trips! 🙂

    1. Oh you should definitely check out the Yadkin Valley then! It’s not too far from you at all. 🙂

  3. I have been to all of these but Divine Llama and Piccone, I hope to visit both soon. Each winery has something that makes them special, but I do have favorites. This area is fantastic for their delicious wines and hospitality. They are within 2-3 hours from my home so can do a nice day trip on Saturdays and Sundays. Thanks for the info.

    1. Oh I hope you do get to visit both! I am the same way. Glad you live so close and enjoy the area. 🙂

      1. Ahh I always struggle with this question because there are so many that I love! My favorites near Elkin are Grassy Creek and Carolina Heritage. There is a newer winery near me called Hidden Vineyard that I’ve been meaning to add to this post. In the Swan Creek area, my favorites are Piccione and Windsor Run.

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