This trail is located just west of Winston-Salem. Bring a picnic to eat on the deck at Brandon Hills; sample wine on the porch of an 1897 farmhouse-turned-tasting room at Hanover Park; try the award-winning Chardonnay — and maybe meet some friendly winery pups — at Misty Creek; and settle into the Adirondack chairs and gather ’round the firepit at Medaloni.
These wineries are located around Lexington — a plus if you have a hankering for barbecue as well as vino. Take a tour of Childress, a winery owned by NASCAR team owner Richard Childress; try an award-winning Cabernet Franc at the country’s first Native American-owned winery, Native Vines; stroll the picturesque grounds at Junius Lindsay; and listen to live music at Weathervane.
This trail follows the Yadkin River. Explore the grounds at Flint Hill, a designated Century Farm; meet fuzzy friends at Divine Llama, where a herd of 60 llamas grazes among the grapes; sip Sangiovese at Cellar 4201; sample a selection of Ashe County Cheese at RagApple Lassie, a family tobacco farm-turned-vineyard; and take a peek at the organic vegetable garden at Sanders Ridge.
There are dozens of wineries in the Yadkin Valley. For more itinerary ideas, visit ncwine.org/winetrails.