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 […]

The journey of Stony Knoll Vineyards

The journey of Stony Knoll Vineyards

Perched atop a hill overlooking acres of grape vines and the mountains beyond is the tasting room at Stony Knoll Vineyards, located at 1143 Stony Knoll Road in Dobson. The winery, which opened in the fall of 2004, is family owned and operated and part of a North Carolina Century Farm. Winemaker and owner Van […]

Off the beaten path at Brandon Hills Vineyard

Off the beaten path at Brandon Hills Vineyard

What do tropical fish, birds of prey and good wines have in common? Not much you might think, but you can find all these at Brandon Hills Vineyard, a small boutique winery in Yadkin County. Located at 1927 Brandon Hills Road in Yadkinville, Brandon Hills Vineyard is named for the family who used to farm […]

N.C. State Fair announces winners in 2016 wine competition

RALEIGH — A pomegranate wine from Lumberton and a muscadine from Mocksville were the top winners in the 2016 N.C. State Fair Wine Competition sponsored by the N.C. Wine and Grape Growers Council. Stephens Vineyards and Winery of Lumberton won Best of Show and the N.C. Winegrowers Cup for its Pomegranate Wine. The fruit wine […]

Noni Bacca Winery ‘stomps’ the competition

The results from the 2016 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) have been announced. The competition took place March 19 and 20 in Rochester, New York. Noni Bacca Winery of Wilmington earned 25 medals, bringing their eight-year total in this competition to 136 medals to date. This year included two gold medals, 10 silver and […]

Up, up and away!

Up, up and away!

On a lovely Sunday morning in Yadkin County, Captain Jack Ponticelli inflates a small helium balloon and releases it into the air. It may seem like an usual thing to do, but this simple task is the start of a grand adventure that Ponticelli is about to share with his passengers. Just a short time […]

A wine retreat on the Roaring River

A wine retreat on the Roaring River

On the banks of the Roaring River at the former site of the Brewer Mills, now sits the newest winery in the Yadkin Valley. Roaring River Vineyards, located at 493 Brewer Mill Road, in Traphill, is more than just a vineyard, it’s a resort getaway nestled in Wilkes County on a unique historic site with […]

Cottage on Aquilla Creek a modernized step back in time

Cottage on Aquilla Creek a modernized step back in time

Tucked away in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine country, with a pristine landscape and a tranquil atmosphere, is Aquilla Creek Cottage. The cottage was once part of the I.C. Shore Distillery before being moved and turned into a tobacco packing house. When Rufus and Courtney Brickey got their hands on the property, they […]