Historic Yadkin Valley Winery & Brewery
North Carolina's First Vinifera Vineyard
Forsyth County, NC
Little did this winery owner know he would be making history by planting the Yadkin Valley's first vinifera grapevines over 40 years ago. The first vineyard at this property was planted in 1972, against the advice of agricultural authorities. But the owner was not discouraged by naysayers. He began planting vinifera varieties that are used to produce fine California and French wines. Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc are now thriving along the banks of the Yadkin due to this pioneering vineyard and there are now 35 wineries, most with tasting rooms, located within 50 miles of this property.
This award winning winery is known for producing some of the finest hand-harvested, handcrafted, premium estate wines in the country. The list of national and international awards is long and includes Gold medals for the Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot, the Chambourcin, the Sauvignon Blanc, the Riesling, and the Seyval Blanc. These award winning wines have been distributed throughout North Carolina and featured in well-known restaurants, wine shops and large retailers including Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Total Wine and Fresh Market.
A commercially bonded winery for over 25 years, this winery and vineyard has received favorable press in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Wine Spectator and the Wine Advocate. Robert Parker, the most widely known and influential wine critic in the world and founder of “The Wine Advocate” declared it “One Of The South’s Best Kept Secrets”.
The business has built a tremendous amount of goodwill throughout the community and has seen over 1,000 people per week participate in winery tours. Over the years, the property has become known as a popular and innovative wedding and multipurpose event center for the entire region. A hand-sewn log home provides historic ambiance and has been upgraded and expanded to include vaulted ceilings, fireplace, kitchen facilities and a private covered deck overlooking the vineyards. Art shows, car shows, concerts, private parties and other special events have been commonplace and drawn large crowds. These functions have contributed significantly to both name recognition and annual revenues by way of rental fees and retail sales of wine and general merchandise.
The location of the property, just fifteen minutes from Winston Salem and 40 minutes to Piedmont Triad International Airport makes it ideal. This area’s grape growing and wine making industry has grown steadily over the past decade and wouldn’t have been possible without this pioneering vineyard. This pioneering winery was instrumental in the area obtaining North Carolina’s first American Viticultural Area designation. The Yadkin Valley AVA, located in the western Piedmont and foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, includes all or part of seven counties where vineyard tours and several annual wine festivals are held. The AVA designation allows use of the “Yadkin Valley” appellation on bottled wines.
The total property sits on 40 acres with over 14 acres dedicated to the vineyards. Their plantings include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Reisling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir among others.
In 2012, after extensive research, the company invested over $350,000 to became only the second winery in North Carolina to offer locally-brewed craft beers. With its five-barrel state-of-the-art brewing equipment, the brewhouse was well received and offers tremendous growth potential by leveraging the existing brand name. Nationally, craft beer sales are rising and there appears to be not end in sight. The brewers association reported 2013 growth of 15 percent, marking the fourth straight year of double digit growth.
While there are other wineries, few, if any, can offer the reputation and potential of this historic winery. Real Estate is included in the purchase price and is offered by MidStreet Realty. Contact Broker for marketing package including detailed company video.