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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  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Viognier

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

  • Syrah

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

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  • Raffaldini Vineyards Vermentino 2013


    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

  • Raffaldini Sangiovese Riserva 2011


    Pretty decent sangiovese from Yadkin NC. Somewhat on the lighter side with decent red cherries, a hint of earth, medium acidity, a medium finish and just a bit of that mustiness. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • I sure hope I'll be able to work out this crick in my neck after viewing ... cab franc (Dobbins Creek in Yadkin Valley, NC). PS, Don't forget to call Mom!  And then finishing a near perfect May day in the Carolina's with a splash of Maipo Valley sauvignon gris.  (I'm not really drinking alone, the neighbors are home).&nbs Read More

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  • Laurel Gray Vineyards Pinot Gris 2013


    Very nice North Carolina (Swan Valley) pinot gris. Lemon zest, some nice acidity and a touch of minerality. Very nice summer deck wine and a bit of a surprise for NC wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Laurel Gray Cheri Sweet NV


    Think sweet white grape juice, nothing more, nothing less, just not my kind of dessert wine. Read More

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  • Banner Elk Winery Marechal Foch NV


    Interesting red wine from Yadkin North Carolina. This NC version of the French Marechal Foch grape has a leafy/vegetal nose and a flavor profile similar to a ligther sangiovese with nice red and black cherry and a touch of rhubard. Nice acidity and soft tannins. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Dobbins Creek Vineyards Riesling NV


    This is a surprisingly good Riesling from Yadkin Valley, North Carolina. Fairly light, dry and crisp with a nice touch of tartness. We found Dobbins Creek winery along with two others on a weekend trip and we were very impressed. Read More

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  • Round Peak Vineyards Viognier 2012


    Surprisingly good North Carolina viognier. Fresh, crisp with a touch of honeysuckle, nice minerality, good acidity and a bit of apricot/tangerine. Read More

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  • Thanks Folks, I have not had the opportunity to try any Yadkin Valley winerys as of yet! But a little shop in Galax is one of my favorites "The Wine Cellar" it is located downtown oldtown!  As of right now I have had the opportunity to try wines from several of the groups that I have joined Gregt thanks to the little shop that I listed above and... Read More

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  • Lynn, I've got a bottle of Stony Knoll Cab from the Yadkin Valley, courtesy of my (ex) brother in law who, along with his current wife, runs North Carolina Wine Gifts--if you are up in Asheville, you might run into Debby and Philip at local wine events.  They are always imploring me to visit, and it does sound lovely.  Now that they have vinifer... Read More

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