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 which are nestled in the Yadkin Valley.

These wine trails suggest a leisurely tour through a specific region highlighting the wineries available. Although some of these trails may offer walkable sections between wineries, they usually cover several miles.

The Yadkin River Wine Trail visits Flint Hill Vineyards, Divine Llama Vineyards, Cellar 4201, Ragapple Lassie Vineyards and Sanders Ridge Winery. This trail covers about 30 miles of verdant farms giving guests the opportunity to love on llamas and hang with history.

Spanning only five miles, the Swan Creek Wine Trail recommends six wineries, one of which houses a distillery as well.

Windsor Run Cellars and Distillery is a unique feature on the wine trail as are the gardens at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery with luscious landscapes surrounding Piccione Vineyards, Shadow Springs Vineyard, Dobbins Creek Vineyards and Laurel Gray Vineyards and Winery.

The Shallow Ford Trail visits four wineries in under 20 miles.

Bandon Hills Vineyard, Hanover Park Vineyard, Medaloni Cellars and Misty Creek Vineyards rolls through the Yadkin Valley presenting travelers with walking trails to stretch legs and artwork to stretch imaginations.

Those who prefer to stretch their legs may seek out a different type of wine trail.

Where there are hikers there are paths stretching throughout the community including between wineries and other points of interest.

At about three and a half miles, on the path between Elkin Creek Vineyards and Grassy Creek Vineyards, patrons have time to walk off the first glass before having a second at the next winery.

Those who have too much to drive might walk along the Enchanted Forest which leads from Grassy Creek to Byrd’s Branch Campground.

Wandering wine trails in the Yadkin Valley can contain many adventures, but be sure to know which shoes to wear.

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Sights along the Enchanted Forest that runs between Grassy Creek Vineyard and Byrd’s Branch Campground.
https://www.onthevinecarolina.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_1.jpgSights along the Enchanted Forest that runs between Grassy Creek Vineyard and Byrd’s Branch Campground.Photo courtesy of Sarah Byrd

Gnomes and fairies are said to live in the Enchanted Forest that runs between Grassy Creek Vineyard and Byrd’s Branch Campground.
https://www.onthevinecarolina.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_3.jpgGnomes and fairies are said to live in the Enchanted Forest that runs between Grassy Creek Vineyard and Byrd’s Branch Campground.Photo courtesy of Sarah Byrd

Bob Hillyar with the Elkin Valley Trails Association guides the Elkin Explorers on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail which is a hiking trails convenient to several wineries.
https://www.onthevinecarolina.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_ElkinExplorersMay2017-18-.jpgBob Hillyar with the Elkin Valley Trails Association guides the Elkin Explorers on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail which is a hiking trails convenient to several wineries.Beanie Taylor | On The Vine

Grassy Creek Winery welcomes Elkin Explorers with live music and wine after hiking.
https://www.onthevinecarolina.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_ElkinExplorersMay2017-20-.jpgGrassy Creek Winery welcomes Elkin Explorers with live music and wine after hiking. Beanie Taylor | On The Vine

Lauren Geerken, Briana Smith and Alicia Benefield enjoy a bottle of Red Rita Rosé at Divine Llama Vineyards as part of a girls birthday weekend.
https://www.onthevinecarolina.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_4669.jpgLauren Geerken, Briana Smith and Alicia Benefield enjoy a bottle of Red Rita Rosé at Divine Llama Vineyards as part of a girls birthday weekend. Kitsey Burns Harrison | On The Vine

RagApple Lassie Tasting Room Manager Morgan Harrison pours up a pint of White Street Beer.
https://www.onthevinecarolina.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_IMG_4677.jpgRagApple Lassie Tasting Room Manager Morgan Harrison pours up a pint of White Street Beer. Kitsey Burns Harrison | On The Vine

Dana Acker, winemaker and distiller at WRC Distillery and Windsor Run Cellars, pours a taste in the distillery’s new tasting room.
https://www.onthevinecarolina.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_WRC-distillery-3-formatted.jpgDana Acker, winemaker and distiller at WRC Distillery and Windsor Run Cellars, pours a taste in the distillery’s new tasting room. Wendy Byerly Wood | On The Vine

By Beanie Taylor

beanietaylor@elkintribune.com





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