Category Archives: North Carolina Wineries

Best North Carolina Red Wines

For whatever reason – you want a good red wine – for drinking, cooking, collecting…  Whatever reason it may be. You could visit your nearest grocery store’s wine section to find exactly what you need. But you may want to try a different route which will allow you to explore the many different red wines made in the state of North Carolina.

This different route to find the best red wines would be visiting a North Carolina winery. Maybe you already have visited one of these? If you are a person who never has you might be wondering if there are even any nearby where you live?

Since there are over 100 wineries in NC, so there’s a very good chance there’s one, if not more nearby. To make it is for you, find a list of cities and areas below with links to pages naming and describing the best red wines and which winery produces these.

Locations and Advantages

There are more than a few advantages of buying at red wines at the wineries which make these: Prices (no high mark-ups you pay at a store) and compared to talking with a stock boy at a store, you will be able to ask questions and learn from the experts about recommendations, food-wine pairing, serving and storage tips.

If learning more about the wines produced in the state sounds good to you then below we have a section which allow you to choose the area or nearby city. Click over to a page to find a list of the best red wine var

Near Raleigh Charlotte
Winston-Salem The Smoky Mountains
On The Coast Northern North Carolina
Eastern NC Southern NC

Besides low prices for a bottle or case and being able to learn from experts there are two other advantages that can be had by buying from a winery.

A lot of these will have win clubs that you can join which will allow you to save even more money and also introduce you to to other great varietals. And once you do find a favorite many of these places have websites where you can order online and have the wine delivered to your doorstep.

Visit our homepage for more information and reviews of North Carolina wineries

Upcoming Events – January and February – Duplin Winery

Wedding Planning, Dinners and Music and don’t forget Valentine’s Day!

If you missed the end of the year wine tasting event at Duplin Winery you missed out on a lot of fun and great tasting wines and foods. No use crying over spilled milk. 

If you’re curious what wines you should taste when visiting, if you enjoy sweet wines you definitely need to try Duplin’s, Carolina Red and if you do, there’s a good chances you will be leaving with a few bottles if not a case.

However, let us get back to the main reason we are writing this page, we want to inform you about a couple excellent events that are taking place at Duplin in the months of January and February of 2014.

A Few Nights of Interest

January 18th Bridal Event - If you are in the process of planning a wedding or might need ideas for near future possibilities there will be a bridal expo on 18th a Saturday afternoon at the winery. You will find a ton of the best vendors in the Rose Hill NC that cater to the wedding industry. From dresses and cakes to DJ’s and florists.

This event lasts from 11 AM to 4 PM and there will be door prizes.

The cost of the event is either $5 if you pre order or $8 at the door. If you do want to pre order you can find more contact information on this winery here.

A Murder Mystery Dinner on January 25th a Saturday -  We have been to a few of these types of dinners but never at Duplin though. Some have been entertaining, others not so much.

The cost is $55 per person and begins at 3:30 and ends at 9 PM.

The day/evening consists of at 3:30 a tour of the winery and restaurant followed by wine tasting then at 5:30 you will be seated for dinner and Let the food and Mystery begin!!!

Other Events at the Oldest Winery in NC

February 8th – Art Class. This class will be taught be the local artist Ann Farrior and cosnists of canvis art that you will be taking home with you. The event also includes lunch and 1 glass of wine.

Valentines Dinner - To reserve you spot call 910-289-4046. Dinner stats at 5:00Pm on Friday the 14th of February and the events lasts till 9 PM.

Saturday, February 15th - A mix of music most favorites from the 50′s and 60′s. Begins at 3:30 pm and lasts till 9:00 PM. Inclues a tour, wine tasting, dinner and music.

If you want to learn more about Duplin Winery read our review.

Nine Right and (2) Wrong Points about NC Wines

We do not work for any individual winery located in the state of North Carolina but a portion of our income does come from promoting all the different wineries in the state. Because of this we are always thrilled to see other blogs and websites report on NC wineries. In January of 2014, on the website journalnow.com, we came across an article titled Wine Wisdom, which lists nine different things you may not know about North Carolina wines.

It’s a well written pieces that you can read here.

The article makes a few good points and some that can be argued:

1. North Carolina was the largest wine producing state before Alcohol Prohibition occurred in 1920? We are not entirely convinced this is true. Up until the Civil War, the largest wine producing state in the USA was Ohio. As the war began and continued through the 1860′s many of the wineries and vineyards shut do since many of the workers were fighting in the war. But once the war ended, wine production in Ohio did resume, as it did in Other wine producing states.

And what happened to Ohio once Prohibition in 1920 hit? The wine grapes that were would have been used to produce wine were instead used to produce juices and jellies.

Do we disagree with any of the other points listed in the journalmow.com article?

2. Biltmore Estate is the most visited winery in the United States? This is a huge estate located in Asheville, NC, it is a registered U.S. National Landmark. There are many different attractions and reasons why people visit here. While it does attract an enormous amount of visitors each year only a percent of these visitors come for the winery. It’s not completely accurate to say this is the most visited winery in the United States.

The article does make some other good points we just think they didn’t take their time to research some of their claims. If you would like to learn more about the best wineries to visit in different areas of the state please visit, visit our homepage.

Shelton Vineyards Weekend Packages

Planning to visit Shelton Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina for the weekend? If so, then the Hampton Inn located only a couple miles down the road is the #1 place you want to stay.

Not only is this Hampton Inn a fabulous hotel with 5-star ratings, if you know where and when to look you can also reserve your stay to include special offers tied into the the vineyards.  Not all people who decide to visit are aware of these special Shelton Vineyards Weekend Packages offered by the hotel.

This is the way to go of you plan on visiting Shelton Vineyards and staying for the weekend.

What’s included in the Special Weekend Packages?

First you should understand the packages are part of the Hampton Inn hotel deal, even though they work closely with Shelton Vineyards to make these packages the vineyards are in know way responsible for the packages. So you will need to contact the hotel to reserve yours and if you have further questions or even complaints you need to direct the questions to the hotel management.

The number to call is  336-353-9400.

There are a couple different packages offered throughout the year which are subject to change.

  • One package is open throughout the year and is called the Overnight Getaway Package. This is set-up for two people to enjoy and includes a nights stay ate the Hampton Inn and tours and tastings at Shelton Vineyards and 25% off any bottle of wine.

For dinner you will be treated to a multi-course meal (appetizers, main course, dessert and wine) at the Harvest Grill inside the winery.

This package should be offered throughout the calendar year for more information call 336-353-9400.

  • The second package is offered during the summer concert series, if you are interested in this you can reserve your spot at any time during the year. If you are interested then the earlier you schedule the better since this is a very popular event that takes place in the Dobson, NC area and fills up quickly.

It includes a room at the hotel, two tickets to the concert, tours and tasting at the vineyards, 25% a bottle of wine. And if you choose, you can also add dinner or breakfast at the Harvest Grill.

For more information on dates and prices call 336-353-9400 and specifically ask about the “summer concert series package”.

If oyu have never visited Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, NC and would like more information visit our review page.

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Rose Hill, NC

Come Celebrate Thanksgiving at the Oldest Winery in NC

The beginning of the holiday season is a great but also a very busy time of year for most of us. Friends come back into town! More friends come back to visit!!! Your family comes and more family comes!!! And don’t forget about Black Friday, :(. What a mess time consuming mess this can turn into.

If you are like us, every year we have Thanksgiving Dinner with our immediate family. It’s a tradition. After this there’s little time left to spend visiting with friends before we all head back to school and work.

How do you make time for Everyone?

If you want to spend some time and experience the Thanksgiving holiday with your friends then Duplin Winery located in the tiny town Rose Hill, NC will be hosting their 2nd annual Thanksgiving Dinner Feast on November 14th, 2013 from 5 – 8 PM.

Rose Hill is located near the cities of Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Wilmington, NC.

If you have never had the chance to visit Duplin winery, this is the oldest winery in North Carolina and not only does it have great wines but also a restaurant and offers a nice little gift shop to find unique trinkets.

More about Duplin’s Thanksgiving Feast

This will be a family friendly event and the founder’s of the winery will be present to celebrate with you.

The price is $35 but well worth it.

What type of food will be served? This will include all the classic Thanksgiving foods: Turkey, Stuffing, Marsh potatoes and more.

The event begins at 5 PM on the 14th where there will be cocktails served in the museum. Then at 6 PM you will head to the dinning hall for the classic dinner.

The event ends at 8 PM.

Not only will there be a ton of great foods to enjoy but there will also be acoustic holiday music and many great wines.

Maybe you will find a new favorite wine? Maybe you will find one that you think a friend would love, pick them up a case for their Christmas present

Learn more about the different events occurring in North Carolina this Fall of 2013.

Fall 2013 Winery Events in the Yadkin Valley

From September to November to the end of the 2013 Fall season there are many events taking place at the wineries in North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley. If you’re familiar with this region located in the Northwest corner of the state then you already know how beautiful the fall season is here. If you will be visiting for the first time then you’re in for a treat.You will find the list of winery events further down the page.

Not only are there many wineries within close proximity of each other(around 40) making it easy for you to visit more than one but there’s also a ton other activities. This is a great place to visit if you like camping and cabins, hiking in the Blueridge mountains, fishing, biking, golfing and horseback riding. You will also find art and music festivals. Unique shopping. Historic Museums. You can even visit the historic town of Mayberry, home to Andy Griffin!!! :-P

Visiting the Yadkin Valley will make a memorable experience any time of the year but the colors in the Fall make this season very unique here. Many people consider this one of the most beautiful places in the United States to visit if you want to experience the beautiful colors of the Fall season.

List Fall 2013 winery events in the Yadkin Valley Wine Region

Not a complete list only the best. If you need more information on the winery like directions and location you can click through to the review page.

Shelton Vineyards – The largest winery in the area will be holding their Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday (Nov 23th and 24th 2013) from noon to 5 PM . Admission is free. There will be caroling through the winery and vineyards, special prices on wines, hayrides, spiced wines, local arts and crafts ( a lot of gift ideas). There will also be a special dinner served at their Harvest Grill. Learn more about Shelton Vineyards.

McRitchie Winery and CiderWorks - Located in Thrumond, NC this family friendly establishment will be having two events worth checking into.

  • October 26th - Harvest Party
  • November 15th through January 15th - Deck the Halls an event put on with other local wineries

For more information on either of these events call Patricia McRitchie at 336-874-3003. Or read the review

Round Peak Winery – Located in Mt Airy, NC will have a full day of events on October 26th. Are you a running a walker? Then you should join either the 5K race are vineyard walk starting at 11am on the 26th. Later on that evening will be Howl-o-wine at Round Peak and you can even bring your dog. This Halloween event will feature costume contests, bonfires, music, a corn hole contest :oops: and much more. Check out the Round Peak review page for address and directions.

Grassy Creek Vineyard and Winery – A very pleasant place to visit with many events going on in the months of Oct and Nov. Too many events to mention. Many on the weekend some during the week. Check the 2013 events calendar on their website.

This list will be added to as we learn more 2013 Fall events.

Fall 2013 Dinner, Bonfire and Hayrides at Shelton Vineyards

Enjoy the Fall season during the height of the Foliage at Shelton Vineyards as they kick off the Harvest Festival with a fireside Dinner and Hayride

The 2013 Fall season is rolling in fast and then before you know it another holiday season will be upon you. But there is really nothing quite like the experience the  colors, smells, and sounds nature provides of in the autumn months. Do you agree? Then do yourself a favor take sometime and bring your family and freidns to the Harvest Festival at Shelton Vineyards this year.

When: Friday October 11th, 2013. From 6:30 PM to 8:30PM

Where: Shelton Vineyards in Dobson NC. Located in the Yadkin Wine Valley region of North Carolina. 

What to expect: This is a fireside dinner – buffet prepared by the professional Chef at Shelton Vineyards, Chef Paul.

The menu:

  • Chef Paul’s famous Chili
  • Delicious Chicken Stew
  • Southern Styled Cornbread and Biscuits
  • Cheddar Cheese Fondue
  • Apples, figs and other fruits and vegetables
  • Warm Bread
  • Gather around the fire to make your S’mores (always a treat)

For refreshments: Water, sodas and cider. And even hard cider. Wine can be purchased by the glass or bottle.

Hayrides at the Shelton Vineyard Harvest Festival

Besides dinner and a campfire, you, your family and friends will also be taken on a hayride through the vineyards at Shelton.

If you have yet to visit this this vineyard/winery then you are definitely in for a treat, the grounds are absolutely beautiful. There’s a huge pond out back and acres and acres of vineyards. This is a very impressive place to visit. If you have never visit this vineyard we have a full review on our site.

Cost: Per adult is$18.95. Children under 12 $9.95. Not a bad price for a delicious dinner prepared by a professional chef. Plus a hayride and bonfire. And getting to experience the beauty of these vineyards at the height of the fall foliage.

If you would like to make your reservations because I am sure numbers are limited, you can either call or email:

Phone: (336)366-4724 or Email: amartin@sheltonvineyards.com.

Note: If you do make reservations for this fall event please be aware you will need to cancel 48 hours before the event starts or else you will receive no refund.

This events starts at 6:30 PM on October 11th, 2013. So this mean you will have to cancel, at the very latest October 9th by 6:30 PM.

Return to our homepage to learn more about the wineries and events and many other things in North Carolina.