A Festival Of Fermented Grapes

Yadkin Valley Wine Festival

Surry County, North Carolina

On the third Saturday in May, the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival fills Elkin Municipal Park with wine, food, music and fun in a family-friendly atmosphere. The park setting allows for spreading out with a group of friends picnic-style and settling in for a festive afternoon.

For two decades, the festival has brought together some of the premier wineries in the area to celebrate North Carolina’s first wine region and its continued growth. Approximately 20 wineries participate. Tasting tickets allow patrons to sample the latest vintages from these award-winning wineries all in one place.

Food trucks and vendors provide a variety of food, from festival favorites to gourmet selections. One of the event’s hallmarks is the afternoon grape stomp, featuring 100 pounds of grapes. Beach music is the genre of choice, and plenty of space for dancing is available near the stage.

The event offers a wine check service for those who purchase bottles and prefer not to carry them around. Purchases are taken directly to a tent near the exit and held for pick-up as patrons leave. A shuttle service runs all afternoon to and from hotels in the Elkin area. The shuttle requires an additional fee per person.

In addition to regular tasting tickets, the festival offers non-tasting tickets, and anyone younger than 16 is admitted for free. VIP tickets, including preferred parking, food and a T-shirt, are available.

Cycling enthusiasts can start the day by riding the Tour de Vino. Choose from rides of 30 miles, 31 miles, 52 miles, 71 miles or 100 miles along the scenic byways of Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. The routes weave through the Yadkin Valley wine region, passing several vineyards and wineries.

Upon returning to Elkin, cyclists are welcomed with showers, a meal and free admittance into the wine festival.

Yadkin Valley Wine Festival on Saturday, May 18, at Elkin Municipal Park.

The festival runs from 10:30 am to 5pm and shuttle service is available to and from participating hotels. For details or tickets, visit https://yadkinvalleywinefestival.com

To learn more about the Surry County Wine Trail or request a map, go to: YadkinValleyNC.com

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