Yadkin Valley Wine

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Welcome to North Carolina’s first AVA. Attaining final approval on February 7, 2003, this 1.4-million-acre viticultural area in the northwestern section of the Piedmont region, spans seven counties along the Yadkin River.

The appellation hosts a growing number of wineries, concentrated at moderate elevations. The majority of vines here are Vitis vinifera, with wineries finding the greatest success with Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The Yadkin Valley viticultural area was born out of a need to find a new crop. With tobacco in decline, farmers needed to find a more profitable way to utilize their fertile grounds. The gently rolling hills and the mixture of clay and loam soils provide the area with excellent drainage. Combine that with a long, warm growing season and a mild winter and you find the recipe for successful viticulture. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Asheville, eh?  So a quick trip to the NC Wine country.  It's ... checking out winemakers in Yadkin Valley and elsewhere.&nbs Read More

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  • Jones Von Drehle Petit Manseng 2013

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    This is a NC wine from our beloved Yadkin Valley AVA. Light gold in color, there's some interesting floral and petrol aromatics not unlike a slightly older Riesling. That's where most of the similarities stop however, as this is more tropical on the palate along with dried apricot, some nice acidity but with a touch of bitterness on the back end... Read More

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  • While I'm letting a 2003 Carlisle zin air out a bit to go with dinner, I ... I ... wine from our beloved Yadkin Valley AVA. Light gold in color, there's some interesting floral and petrol aromatics not unlike a slightly older Riesling. That's where most of the similarities stop however, as this is more tropical on the palate along with dried ... Read More

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  • Brushy Mountain Pinot Gris 2013

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    Not bad for North Carolina wine. Fairly simple with flavors of white peach and honey suckle. Medium acidity and a short finish. There's a bit of a metallic bite on the backend. Read More

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  • Jones Von Drehle Chardonnay 2012

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    Pleasant surprise for a North Carolina wine. Lean and crisp, unoaked chardonnay with nice notes of creamy lemon and a hint of golden apple. There's a short to medium finish and a touch of acidity. Read More

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  • Dobbins Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2012

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    Second evening in a row having a Yadkin Valley North Carolina chardonnay. This Dobbins Creek is even nicer than the Laurel Gray. Light on its feet with fresh creamy lemon chiffon, a hint of green apple, nice acidity and a medium finish. There are a couple NC wineries doing justice to the chardonnay grape and this is one of the better ones. Read More

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  • Laurel Gray Vineyards Yadkin Valley Chardonnay 2011

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    For a North Carolina wine this is very good chardonnay. Fresh golden apple, a touch of lemon pith, nice acidity and a medium finish. None of the harsh bitter almond that sometimes plaques NC whites. Quite nice. Read More

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  • Shelton Vineyards Port 2004

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    This is a dessert wine with a light touch and very pleasing cherry notes. It would go great with cherry pie or with a chocolate dessert. It is a medium-bodied wine that is not too sweet. I was very pleasantly surprised by its pleasant qualities. I had some at a restaurant and plan to get some bottles. Read More

    Wine review by ncmathsadist


  • Dobbins Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2011

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    Interesting North Carolina chardonnay from Yadkin valley. Slightly oaky, smokey with bits of almond, caramel and butterscotch. Nice acidity and some decent mouth coating texture. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Raffaldini Vineyards Vermentino 2013

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    Fairly nice North Carolina, Yadkin Valley Vermentino. Not too complicated with some nice notes of lemon cream, lemon drop and some not too ripe green pear. This has a short to medium finish and a decent amount of acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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