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Best Wineries to Visit in the Boone NC Area

The town of Boone is located in Western North Carolina in an area called the Yadkin Valley Wine Region. This is a national recognized wine region with many beautiful vineyards to visit. Nearby Boone you will find a diverse choice of wineries ranging from simple to wineries with restaurants and great lodging.

If you’re wondering about the styles of wines you will find in this region, the grapes grow here produce wines that are comparable to European styles. The video below mentions a few of the wineries located near the Boone NC area. Further down the page you will find more information about these individual wineries and links to more in depth reviews .

The video goes through just a few wineries located very nearby the city. All that were mentioned are maybe a 2-3 miles drive from the city. Belwo the map that shows there location Is a list in case you didn’t write them down as you watched.

If you need driving directions or would like to read a more in depth review of any of the wineries there are links provided.

Wineries in the Boone NC Area

All listed below are located close enough together, less than a mile apart. You could create your own mini wine trail. problem visiting all three in one day. And if these three are not what you are looking for you may want to take a look at all the different wineries in the Yadkin Valley.

  • Grandfather Vineyard & Winery - Out of the three choices this is definitely the simplest winery. But don’t confuse simple with not worth visiting. Your not going to find a five-star restaurant here or lodging. But you will find a beautiful winery and vineyard nestled in the in the Bluje Ridge Mountains and some great wines to boot. This is also a place for an occasional good event and they are also a very good wedding venue. Read more.
  • 1861 Farmhouse Restaurant & Winery - Lunch and dinner is served here. You will find anything from pull pork, hamburgers, steak to spinach quiche (very delicious). Or if you’re not looking for food just come here to taste their award winning wines. Read more and get directions at our review.
  • Banner Elk Winery and The Villa - Out of the three wineries near Boone this is definitely the most up-scale. This is a beautiful place. It serves as a winery where you will find gold and double gold medal winning wines, there’s a villa with immaculate rooms for lodging. There’s views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There’s also a great spa located within. This is also serves as a great wedding venue. Read more.

Return to out homepage for more information about all the different wineries in NC.

Wineries near Morganton NC

If you’re visiting Morganton, NC and interested in learning about the outstanding wineries nearby then you are on the right page. From the map below you can see there are 9 different wineries located near the town of Morganton. These are all located within a 20 minute drive from the city, the majority are much closer.

And depending on how far you are will to drive there are probably 7 or 8 more wineries within a 45 minute drive. These other wineries are not pictured on the map but you will find a list toward the bottom of the page.

Wineries Morganton NC

Find a list of these wineries you see on the map below. You will find the name of each establishment a very brief review along with their address’. If you would like a more complete review of any of these you can click through to read their full review located on a separate page.  You will also be able to obtain driving directions from your specific address on these individual review pages.

List of Wineries in and Near Morganton

They are listed from closest to furthest away. All are within 20 miles most are much closer.

Silver Fork Vineyard & Winery

This one is located right in town. It offers great mountain views and fabulous Bordeaux-style white and red wines, s well as many other wines.

Address: 5000 Patton Road Morganton, NC 28655 Phone: 828-391-8783

Lake James Cellars

Located in the foothills this winery buys grapes from many different North Carolina vineyards to produce their wines. There’s a terrific little gift shop with all kinds of handmade items.

Address: 204 East Main St. Glen Alpine, NC 28628 Phone: 828-584-4551

Waldensian Heritage Wines

With over 150 years of wine making experience Waldensian produces many unique wines to choose from. They also can provide you with a in-depth tour and information to their special wine making process

Address: 4940 Villar Ln. N.E. Valdese, NC 28690 Phone: (828) 879-3202

South Creek Vineyards and Winery

A great boutique winery located in the country. Very beautiful setting and many different reds and whites to choose from. Great place for wine tasting.

Address: 2240 South Creek Road Nebo, NC 28761 Phone:(828) 652-5729

Six Waterpots Vineyard & Winery
Address: 4040 James Dr.Hudson, NC 28638 Phone:(828) 728-5099

Raintree Cellars Winery
Address: 521-E US Hwy 70 East Hildebran, NC 28637 Phone: (828) 397-5643

Carolina Mist Winery

Located in the city of Lenoir just a short drive northeast of Morganton. This winery produces wines in small batches.

Address: 118 Main St.Lenoir, NC 28645 Phone: (828) 754-4660

Ginger Creek Vineyards
Address:858 John Cline Road Taylorsville, NC 28681 Phone: (828) 312-4362

Linville Falls Winery

A family owned and operated winery that has produced many different award winning wines. Located in the mountains. Wines wines are good and the visual experience of the mountains is unforgettable.

Address: 9557 Linville Falls Hwy Newland, NC 28657 Phone: 828-765-1400

The other NC wineries

There are the ones that are a little further away from Morganton, NC. Probably 30-45 minute drives for most of these. You can click through and read the reviews of each of these and also get your driving directions.






Parker-Binns Vineyard

Parker-Binns Vineyard is located in the Tryon Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This sparsely populated but beautiful area of North Carolina is one of the fastest growing wine region in the state. There are many new wineries locate din this regions, not just Parker-Binns Vineyard.

Parker-Binns is owned and operated by a very hard working, experienced and unique married couple. This couple once cleared land in the everglades and established a nursery. You know that’s got to be hard and also dangerous with the gators and pythons.

But now this couple decided to explore and see if they have what it takes to operate a successful;l winery in North Carolina!!!

Who goes to this winery? Your living or staying near any of the following cities then this winery is within a very reasonable driving distance from you: Hendersonville, Black Mountain, Forest City, Flat Rock or  Asheville, North Carolina. A map is below for directions.

Yadkin Valley Wineries list

NC mountain wineries

Address: 7382 E Nc 108 Hwy, Mill Spring, NC 28756  Phone: (828) 894-0154

Click on the marker displayed on the map for directions to Parker-Binns Vineyard from your current location.

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Parker-Binns Vineyard may not be the biggest or the most popular winery in the mountain region of North Carolina but well worth a visit. And who knows,


Not a huge selection of wines but definitely worth the taste. As the years go by I do believe they will adding more and more wines to their current selection.

In their (2013) wine portfolio you find:

  • Chardonnay
  • Rose
  • Red Wine Blend - Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
  • Floral Moscato
  • Fruit Wine - Blueberry




The vineyards at Parker-Binns are beuatifully well kept. The total acreage is 5.5 acres. On the land as of 2013 they grow five different grapes to use in their wine productions.

If you have need seen their vineyards, visit their website to see vineyards pictures.

Return to our homepage to find more North Carolina Wineries in your area.

Grandfather Vineyard

This winery does have some decent wines, in total 12 different wines to choose from here, with 6 more wines expecting to be released soon. Grandfather Vineyard in Elkin, NC is also a place to host your private events (e.g. weddings, reunions, b-day parties) and there’s also events held here which are open to the public. These public events usually consisting of  live music played at the winery.

Read more about our favorite wines at this winery in the tabs below. 

Yes the wines and events are nice here. However, many people visit for the beautiful scenery found around the winery. The place is literally nested in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many great cabins to rent around this area of North Carolina.

Grandfather Vineyard NC

Grandfather Vineyard ElkinAddress: 225 Vineyard Ln Banner Elk, NC  Telephone: 28604 (828) 963-2400. If you need driving directions you can find a map at the end of the page to get you there. All you need to do is click on the marker and enter the address of your current location.


Ice wine in North Carolina!!! Visiting Grandfather Vineyard is the first winery in North Carolina where I could find ice wine.

As I mentioned above the winery offers about 12 different wines with 6 more soon to be released.

Depending on your choice of wines the price per bottle will be from $13 – 25.

Two recommended Grandfather Vineyard Wines

You will find traditional Red and White wines here. You will not find the typically Carolina muscadine wines.

Special Reserve Chardonnay – A medium bodied white wine with toasty, oaky and buttery flavors.

Cab Franc Rose – A crisp finishing red wine with flavors of peaches and strawberries.


Planning a private event or looking for a public event to attend near Elkin N.C.? Visit their website for more information on what they have coming up, see events page.

Wine tasting and Hours

I believe the wine tasting here is $8 with generous pours and if you do plan on visiting be aware they have different winter and summer hours. You may want to check out their hours and learn more about the tasting room.



To receive your specific directions to Grandfather Vineyard in Elkin, NC just click on the marker you see on the map and enter your current location.

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Thistle Meadow Winery

Needed to add this winery near the blue ridge parkway. As you probably know already, travelling this road is more than just traveling… It’s an exploration!!! Highly recommended in the autumn months.

See other wineries located in the Yadkin Valley.

There are a handful of different wineries along the parkway the one we want to mention here is Thistle Meadow Winery. You can find a map that will supply you with directions to this winery at the end of the page.

Address: Laurel Springs, NC 28644 Phone: (800) 233-1505

Thistle Meadow Winery

Thistle Meadow WineryAt this winery, you will find wines made from grapes grown all over the world, including North Carolina, also winery tours, and Thistle Meadow Winery was actually ranked as the #3 friendliest winery by the South Eastern Winery Review. So if you’re travelling with the kids, you can feel safe visiting here. Read through the tabs about more specifics.


The wines are made in very small batches, so I foregive them for having so many ;-)

In total there’s probably a selection of over 50 different wines. Dry Reds and Whites, Blushes and Sweet wines.

Price: $12-15 on average but expect to pay more for some of the finer wines.

A few of the best wines to taste

Bergamais – A gold medal winning red wine made from the Gamay grape.

Feather Bed White – This is by far the most popular wine here. It’s a medium bodied fruity Pinot Grigio.

The owners and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about their wines so the key is to ask questions and describe to them what you would like in a wine so they can point you in the right direction.


The winery does host events but mostly takes part in different festivals in the area. If you’re interested in learn more about what’s going on visit there site

Address: Laurel Springs, NC 28644 Phone: (800) 233-1505

If you’re interested in visiting and need directions click on the marker you see on the map and enter your current location.

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Beautiful Cabin Rentals in Boone NC

Cabin Rentals in Boone NCFind both luxury and log cabin rentals in Boone NC!!!

Boone, North Carolina, located right outside of the Blue Ridge Mountains is name after the great American pioneer Daniel Boone and this quiet little town is nicknamed “The Heart of the High Country”. 

From the map on the right side of the page you can see there are many different places for cabin rentals in Boone NC and also in the nearby village of Blowing Rock, another a great area of North Carolina to visit.

There are definitely many great places to rent cabins in the mountains of North Carolina both the Smoky’s and the Blue Mountain Ranges. I consider myself extremely lucky that I have got to experience more than a few of these different places up and down these two mountain ranges.

A list of Places to rent cabins in Boone NC

Many of the places included on the list have both luxury and log cabins. There are also cabins rentals in Boone NC that you can rent directly from individual owners. The following is a list of cabin rental businesses:

Carolina Cabin Rentals, Inc.
197 Old US 321, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(828) 295-6000
Parkway Cabins
749 Turkey Knob
Boone, NC
(828) 262-5024
632 Pine Run Rd
Boone, NC
(828) 963-3443
Blue Ridge Vacation Cabins
120 Honey Bear Campground Rd
Boone, NC
(866) 880-1372
Boone Cabin Rentals
1460 Snaggy Mountain Blvd
Boone, NC
(828) 262-0978
Anderson Mountain Realty & Rentals
184 N Water St
Boone, NC
(828) 262-0043
Foscoe Rentals
133 Echota Pkwy
(800) 723-7341
Heartwood Properties
430 Fawn Dr
Boone, NC
(828) 263-8433


















I will never forget the view of the snow covered Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance from the porch of the last cabin I rented in Boone.

This was the perfect place to gaze off into the beauty of the mountains, while enjoying  a glass of my favorite NC wine. A place that I will always want to get back to.

I highly recommend checking out cabin rentals options in Boone NC, especially in the winter and fall seasons. Absolutely beautiful!!!

But Boone isn’t the only choice for cabin rentals

Maybe this is the first time you will be renting a cabin in mountains of North Carolina? Although I do feel Boone, NC is a great place to find a rental don’t let me discourage you from checking out other options.

Yes, there are so many cabin rental choices scattered up and down both the Smoky and Blue Ridge mountain ranges. So it would benefit you to do a little more research to find the perfect spot for yourself.

With that being said I do highly recommend renting in Boone.