By Jessica Thomas Lewis
Did you know that North Carolina is the tenth-largest wine producing state in the country, and is one of the top five most visited state destinations for wine and culinary tourism?
The Piedmont Triad alone has nearly forty vineyards and wineries, and there are established wine trails for your visiting pleasure. These seven wine trails will keep you within the Piedmont Triad region. For a complete list of North Carolina wine trails, go here.
Many of the vineyards and wineries in our region are only open for visitors Friday-Sunday. Please check before heading out! You'll find more information about each location and links to their websites here.
The Haw River Wine Trail includes the Grove Winery in Gibsonville, Glen Marie Vineyards & Winery in Burlington, Iron Gate Vineyards in Mebane, and Benjamin Vineyards & Winery in Saxapahaw. This trail is less than fifty miles and driving time is about an hour and a half. Click here to open map.
The Lexington Loop Wine Trail includes the Childress Vineyards in Lexington, Weathervane Winery in Lexington, Junius Lindsay Winery in Lexington, and Raylen Vineyards in Mocksville. This easy trail spans twenty-nine miles and is about fifty minutes drive-time. Click here to open map.
The Piedmont Heritage Wine Trail includes Stonefield Cellars in Stokesdale, Grove Winery in Gibsonville, Chinqua Penn Vineyards in Reidsville and Autumn Creek Vineyards in Mayodan. Spanning over seventy miles, this trail is just over two hours driving. Click here to open map.
On the Shallowford Wine Trail you'll visit Allison Oaks Vineyards in Yadkinville, Brandon Hills Vineyard in Yadkinville, Hanover Park Vineyard in Yadkinville, Misty Creek Vinayards in Mocksville, Uptown Wine & Gallery in Yadkinville. Covering just over thirty miles, your drive will be just over an hour. Click here to open map.
The Surry County Wine Trail includes Hutton Vineyards in Dobson, Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, Round Peak Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Old North State Winery in Mt. Airy. This trail is about thirty-two miles with a drive-time of just over an hour. Click here to open map.
The Swan Creek Wine Trail includes Laurel Gray Vineyard in Hamptonville, Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, Dobbins Creek Vineyards in Hamptonville, Buck Shoals Vineyard in Hamptonville, and Shadow Springs Vineyard in Hamptonville. Less than twenty miles, you'll drive about forty minutes. Click here to open map.
The Yadkin River Wine Trail includes Flint Hill Vineyard in East Bend, RagApple Lassie Vineyard in Boonville, Cellar 4201 in East Bend, Divine Llama Vineyards in East Bend, and Sander's Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Boonville. Click here to open map.
This article has been updated and was originally published here on December 28, 2012.