Surry Community College hosting N.C. State Fair wine competition judging

DOBSON — Surry Community College is hosting the North Carolina Commercial and Amateur Wine Competition judging Aug. 18-20 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology on Surry’s Dobson campus. “The Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology is the center for grape and wine education in North Carolina, and we feel […]

14th annual Grape Fest slated for Oct. 21

14th annual Grape Fest slated for Oct. 21

Last year’s Yadkin Valley Grape Festival took place on the perfect sunny fall “chamber of commerce” day, said Yadkinville Mayor Eddie Norman, and organizers are hoping for just as a perfect a day this year. The 14th annual Yadkin Valley Grape Festival will take place in Yadkinville on Oct. 21. The event, hosted by the […]

Discovering new partnerships, old treasures this edition

Discovering new partnerships, old treasures this edition

Little grapes have started appearing on vines across the state, with some in the east a little ahead of those in the central and western regions of North Carolina. Vineyard owners and their employees will be working diligently this summer and into early fall to keep those fruits healthy, mold-free and perfect for yielding the […]

Winemakers Corner

Right now winemakers are keeping their fingers crossed and praying for a good, healthy, dry harvest. It all starts in the vineyard, of course, making sure there are no signs of rot or other disease on the leaves and newly forming berries. One must be constantly vigilant, particularly when there is a cool, wet spring, […]

VIDEO: Helicopter flights available in Elkin

VIDEO: Helicopter flights available in Elkin

More spectacular than the view of the drive through the Yadkin Valley is the view from above. Now available thanks to the Elkin Airport and Hi-Tech Helicopters, individuals can view the Yadkin Valley from above by starting with an introductory course flying lesson with Fly the NC Sky and instructor Louis Jeroslow. Designed to demystify […]

Every Saturday and Sunday • Childress Vineyards, 1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington, will host Music in the Vineyards every Saturday and Sunday now through October 29 from noon to 3 p.m. For more information, call 336-236-9463 or visit childressvineyards.com. July 15 • JOLO Winery & Vineyards, 219 JOLO Winery Lane, Pilot Mountain, will hold its […]

Wine quality labels seek to boost industry

Wine quality labels seek to boost industry

A new sticker is appearing on locally produced wines and the hope is this quality assurance sticker will boost the credibility of North Carolina’s ever-growing wine industry. Ken Gulaian, owner of Round Peak Vineyards, said the program officially launched in 2015. In 2011, the North Carolina Winegrowers Association began discussing concerns over the quality of […]

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