With Yadkin Valley AVA wine region just a short drive away, Winston-Salem offers easy access to more than 45 wineries! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate summer in our city than with a glass of rosé in hand, so we’ve handpicked a few local favorites to try when you’re in town. Read on for tasting notes and where to find them. Plus, save the date for a couple vino-friendly summer events!
Shelton Vineyards, 2017 2 5 9 Dry Rosé
The latest release of Shelton Vineyards Dry Rosé opens with aromas of cherry and strawberry as well as a hint of tangerine and orange. The finish is fresh and crisp with bright berry and hints of watermelon. Medium bodied with subtle tannins, this wine goes equally well with shrimp and grits, salmon, grilled beef, or summer salads. Shelton highly recommends this bottle for your next Sunday brunch. Price: $14.99/bottle
While at the vineyard, don’t miss Shelton’s award-winning restaurant, Harvest Grill, led by Executive Chef Frances Draughn.
Save the Date: Join Shelton Vineyards for the Sunset Concert Series this summer, taking place the third Saturday of each month from 6 to 9 pm.
JOLO Winery & Vineyards, 2018 Pink
Layered with enticing aromas of watermelon, bright cherry, and raspberry, JOLO’s 2018 Pink tantalizes the palate, ending with a lip-smacking finish. This elegant wine pairs well with goat cheese, vinaigrette dressings, shellfish, roasted vegetables, and fruit salads. JOLO recommends enjoying this wine within 4-5 years, but we have a feeling we won’t be waiting that long. Cheers! Price: $26/bottle
Named after the owners’ two sons, Joey and Logan, JOLO is nestled in Pilot Mountain, with gorgeous mountain views, a highly-rated restaurant, and outdoor patio seating with fire pits for chillier summer nights.
Hanover Park Vineyard, The Pearl, Dry Rose NV
The Pearl, named for the vineyard’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, is a fresh and fun blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The perfect bottle to pack for a picnic, this dry and refreshing blush pairs well with a charcuterie spread, fresh fruits, or seafood. Price: $18/bottle
Hanover Park’s tasting room is in a beautifully restored 1897 farmhouse. Enjoy your wine indoors while chatting with a tasting room specialists or outside underneath one of the centuries-old oak trees.
Raffaldini Vineyards, 2017 Girasole
Girasole (Italian for “Sunflower”) is a dry rosé made from Montepulciano grapes. With a layered, complex aroma, this medium-bodied wine features elegant raspberry and strawberry flavors. Enjoy with hard cheeses, fresh vegetables, red fruits, as well as tomato ragu on crusty bread. Price: $16/bottle
Save the Date: Raffaldini hosts events weekly, but An Afternoon in Tuscany is a must-attend event for summer. Join on Sunday, June 2 from 1 to 3 pm for a themed lunch, vineyard stroll, and concert among the vines.
Jones von Drehle Vineyards & Winery, 2017 Dulcimer
A slightly sparkling and slightly sweet rosé made from Mourvèdre, Dulcimer offers notes of fresh raspberries and strawberries with a crisp finish. Pair this refreshing and award-winning blush wine with fried oysters, softshell crab, and strawberry sorbet. Price: $20/bottle
You’ll find these selections among many other great Yadkin Valley wines at more than 120 locally owned and operated restaurants and bars in downtown Winston-Salem. Start planning your trip to savor summer by the wine glass.
For a wine-inspired getaway, consider a hotel stay at The Historic Brookstown Inn in downtown Winston-Salem. The Craft Beer & Wine Package includes overnight accommodations and a night out for two at Carolina’s Vineyards & Hops. Taste some of the best of North Carolina wines and craft beers, enjoy an assortment of local cheeses, and dance the night away to live jazz (weekends only). Book it here.