Wineries and Vineyards

Wine trails offer variety in transportation, tastes

Wine trails offer variety in transportation, tastes

Discovering what locals in the Yadkin Valley mean when they talk about wine trails can be confusing even to other residents. In this region there are two different types, and although they both feature wineries, one version focuses on feet while the other carries on by car. NCwine.org notes five different wine trails, several of […]

The Vineyards of Swan Creek

The Vineyards of Swan Creek

Each of them is unique and has its own special flair, together they provide a special experience for wine lovers. The Vineyards of Swan Creek in Hamptonville includes Laurel Gray, Windsor Run, Shadow Springs and Dobbins Creek. These four wineries, just five miles apart, host special events together throughout the year, making it a wonderful […]

Local wines travel to Ireland, entice visit

Local wines travel to Ireland, entice visit

When Irish eyes are smiling, there may be some Yadkin Valley wine behind them, at least that might be the case for Aidan Kelly. After a visit from Elkin resident Crystal Sizemore, Kelly decided to travel from Ireland to investigate the local flavors for himself. Sizemore and a friend took local wines with them to […]

Surry Cellars earns three awards

Surry Cellars earns three awards

DOBSON — Surry Cellars, the label for wine produced through Surry Community College’s Viticulture and Enology program, was awarded three titles in the N.C. Fine Wines Competition. The awarded wines were Best Sparkling for Blue Ridge Bubbles 2016, Best Dessert for Iced Petit Manseng 2013, and a Silver Medal for Blue Ridge White. There were […]

Gary Maxey, who portrayed Bacchus during the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, and many other characters onstage remembered as ‘larger than life’

Gary Maxey, who portrayed Bacchus during the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival, and many other characters onstage remembered as ‘larger than life’

He could undoubtedly be called the most photographed man in Elkin. Portraying the wine god Bacchus each year for the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival is just one of the many ways Gary Maxey left a lasting legacy. Maxey passed away on March 24 and his absence will be felt by many in Elkin and far […]

Chestnut Trail holds tails and tales at vineyard

Chestnut Trail holds tails and tales at vineyard

The greeter for those who visit Chestnut Trail Vineyards welcome all to his home to taste a wine named after him and his mother. Legado, a Peruvian Paso stallion, can be seen and heard from the front patio of the tasting room where owner Claudia Ellis can hear him call to guests when he is […]

Germanton business combines a love of wine and art

Germanton business combines a love of wine and art

On a main road leading travelers from Winston-Salem and Rural Hall east toward Belews Creek and Walnut Cove sits a cozy brick building full of beautiful fine art pieces and award-winning wines, nestled in the small community of Germanton. As one of the two oldest wineries in North Carolina, owner David Simpson said it is […]

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