Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Weekend Getaway: Yadkin Valley

Posted February 2, 2007
Updated February 4, 2007

     Winter doldrums got you down? How about a road trip? Our Weekend Getaway takes us to Yadkin Valley. This is North Carolina's first federally recognized wine region. It is an area northwest of Winston-Salem and includes 14 wineries and more than 400 acres of vineyards.

     We will start our tour in Dobson at Shelton's, the largest family-owned winery in North Carolina and winner of several prestigious awards. For lunch and/or dinner we will try either the Harvest Grill at Shelton's or The Wolf's Lair Restaurant at the Black Wolf Vineyards.

      Accomodation possibilities in the area include the Thompson House B&B in Mount Airy or Madelyn's in the Grove B&B to the south in Union Grove. For some exercise we will take a hike at Stone Mountain State Park. In Elkin we will visit The John Furches Gallery on Main Street. We might even have time to check out Ben Long's fresco at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Wilkesboro.

     On the way back to Raleigh I'd like to taste some barbeque at CD's Smoke House in Harmony. Here are a couple of good websites for more information:

1 Comment

Please with your account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • twhemrick Feb 4, 2007

    My wife and I have been visiting the Yadkin Valley wineries since 2001. The wineries vary from very small such as Hanover Park to Italian style wines at Raffaldini. We found a great B&B in the middle of the wine country called Rockford Inn (they ever have a vineyard in the backyard) in the little village of Rockford on the Yadkin River. The wine country is a great one day trip or weekend. For more infro on the wine country of NC check out


Meet the Author
Bill Leslie