1. Take the back roads through eastern N.C. for a sweet taste of wine at Duplin Winery in Rose Hill.

2. Wind your way up the mountain to try the 2011 Banner Elk Red and 2011 Marechal Foch, two gold medal-winning wines, at Banner Elk Winery.

3. Admire the beautiful North Carolina landscape in the best way possible – with a chilled glass of wine from Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery in Ronda.

4. Kick back in a rocking chair or with your feet in Mill Creek at Overmountain Vineyards in Tryon. And don’t forget to pack a picnic to enjoy while you’re there.

5. What do wine and NASCAR have in common? Richard Childress, the Sprint Cup Championship team owner also owns Childress Vineyards, an award-winning winery in Lexington.

6. Don’t miss the tour and tasting of the 33,000 square-foot winery at Shelton Vineyards in the heart of Yadkin Valley.

7. Take the historic tour through the cellars at Biltmore Winery in Asheville. Then order a few tapas from the wine bar to savor the ambiance and flavor.

8. Located just two miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Thistle Meadow Winery in Laurel Springs offers distinct wines and beautiful view.

9. With so many varieties to try, we suggest ordering the complete flight at RayLen Vineyards and Winery in Mocksville before buying a bottle or two to take home.

10. Hiding just under our nose in the Triad is Stonefield Cellars, just minutes from Greensboro. Check their event calendar for upcoming tastings, book clubs, and classes.

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Erin Reitz is a former digital content specialist at Our State.