Winter wine weekends in the Yadkin Valley

This year will mark the ninth annual Yadkin Winter Reds wine celebration. This unique two-weekend event was designed to bring visitors to the Yadkin County wineries during the winter months — a typically slower time of the year for the area wineries. The event has turned into a tradition for many area visitors and a makes for a great winter weekend getaway.

This year’s Winter Reds weekends are scheduled for Jan. 27-28 and Feb. 24-25.

“The Yadkin Winter Reds event has become a very popular event during a slower time for tourism. In January and February, folks are looking for things to do during the winter. This is a great event that brings lots of visitors into our area that stay in our lodging, visit our restaurants and other attractions while they are here tasting the excellent wines that are being produced,” said Jamie Johnston of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce.

For the celebration, participating wineries will feature a two-ounce pour of their selected red wine paired with a three-ounce appetizer or dessert selection.

The hours will be Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Each ticket holder will be assigned to a starting winery where they will receive their Riedel wine glass and a map. Ticket is good for both days on the selected weekend — one visit per winery. Limited ticket event for both weekends.

This year’s Winter Reds events also will include special wine dinners on Jan. 26 and Feb. 23.

Additional details on menus, pricing and other entertainment and lodging are below:

Winter Reds Event Only

$30 for January Weekend (seven wineries)

$30 for February Weekend (six wineries)

Menu for January Weekend:

(deadline to purchase tickets for Winter Reds only — Jan. 24)

Brandon Hills Vineyard serving Italian Meatballs paired with Raptor Red

Dobbins Creek Vineyards serving Chorizo Bean Spread with Tortilla Chips paired with Merlot

Hanover Park Vineyards serving Mediterranean Stew paired with Mourvedre

Laurel Gray Vineyards serving Chocolate Cherry Muffins paired with Cherry Jubliee

Midnight Magdalena Vineyards serving Italian Cheesecake made with Mascrapone, Vicotta and Cream Cheese paired with Merlot

Shadow Springs Vineyards serving Chili paired with Chambourcin

Windsor Run Cellars serving Mini Quiche of Goat Cheese, Black Olives and Roasted Garlic paired with Cabernet Sauvignon

Menu for February Weekend:

(deadline to purchase tickets for Winter Reds only — Feb. 21)

Cellar 4201 serving Spicy Chicken Skewers paired with Cherokee Red

Divine Llama Vineyards serving Brunswick Stew paired with In A Heartbeat

Flint Hill Vineyards serving Raspberry Chocolate Chip Cookies paired with Cabernet Sauvignon

RagApple Lassie Vineyards serving Beef Tenderloin Sliders paired with Hobson’s Choice

Sanders Ridge Vineyards serving Spiced Duck Confit Lettuce Wraps with Crispy Onions & Carrots

Sweet Home Carolina Vineyards serving Rumble de Thumps (Irish Dish) paired with Brigadoon Noiret

Yadkin Winter Reds Wine Dinner: (Tickets must by purchased by Jan. 16 for January event and Feb. 13 for February event). View to view the menus for the wine dinners.

Lodging discounts for the Yadkin Winter Reds Event for January and February weekends. Guests must mention the Winter Reds Event in order to the get the discount.

Buck Shoals Cabins in Hamptonville – offer 20 percent discount –

Cabin at Sanders Ridge Vineyards in Boonville – $10 off per night –

Holly Ridge Campgrounds in Boonville – 10 percent discount –

Tickets for the Winter Reds are available at the Yadkin County Visitors Center (The Chamber office), online at or by phone at 1-877-4YADKIN.

Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.

By Kitsey Burns Harrison

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