Must-Try Vineyards Near Charlotte
You don’t have to catch a cross-country flight to Napa to enjoy a glass of good vino in the heart of a beautiful vineyard.
by Jamie Killian
These local vineyards around the Queen City offer an array of wineries with elegant experiences and breath-taking views. From local wines to upscale dining, the Charlotte region is ripe with something for everyone.
Location: Lexington, NC
Just an hour north of Charlotte, this vineyard feels like a vacation destination. The 70-acre property offers plenty of space to roam and there are 15 wines to choose from, with something for everyone. Seasonal wine tastings offer a unique experience for well-versed wine lovers and vino newbies alike.
Claim to fame: Owned by NASCAR owner, Richard Childress, who established the vineyard in the Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA), North Carolina’s first federally designated region for grape growing.
Location: East Bend, NC
This vineyard is worth the 90-minute trip simply for the pure joy of a day spent with llamas and wine. Ninety-one acres of vineyards boast 11 different wines, including some nationally recognized blends. Treks are offered by reservation, affording guests the opportunity to grab a bottle of wine and tour the landscape for around two hours, including a pit stop for llama photo ops.
Claim to fame: Divine Llama Vineyard doubles as the largest llama farm in the Southeast.
Location: Ronda, NC
Designated by Southern Living as one of the South’s best vineyards, Raffaldini is the place to find exquisite dry wines. The Raffaldini family has been making wine in Italy for centuries. In a Tuscan-villa-style tasting room overlooking the Blue Ridge and Brushy mountains, Raffaldini provides an Italian experience only 75 minutes from Charlotte. The winery specializes in Italian varietals that pair well with food, such as vermentino and sangiovese.
Claim to fame: Home to The Fest Italiana each September, Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery hosts one of the largest Italian festivals in the Southeast.
Location: Midland, NC
Using muscadine grapes, this family-owned vineyard opened in 2007 after planting their first muscadine vines in 2003 and has steadily grown its presence as a place to enjoy local wines in a relaxing rural setting. This 45-acre vineyard has plenty of space to take in the outdoors, enjoy a picnic and sip award-winning wine.
Claim to fame: Wine tastings that include a selection of eight Rocky River Vineyards wines, wine slushie flights, with flavors like peach bellini and blueberry pomegranate, and, seasonally, hot mulled wine.
Location: Mt. Airy, NC
About 90 minutes from Uptown, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains sits Serre Vineyards. As the only winery in North Carolina that is fully owned by Charlotteans and majority-women-owned, Serre Vineyards welcomes wine newbies and sommeliers alike. Their goal is to make wine approachable and fun, which is why they love to pair Yadkin Valley's finest vintages with food trucks and live music. Serre's 70-acres also make the perfect backdrop for weddings.
Claim to fame: Their monthly Rosé subscription service, which provides subscribers with three bottles of their "Knockout Rosé," three bottles of their "NautiLife Rosé" or a combo of both.
Location: Dobson, NC
Created by two brothers and part of the Surry County Wine Trail, Shelton Vineyards is a dynamic vineyard reimaging land once used for tobacco farming in the Yadkin Valley, just 90 minutes from Charlotte. Shelton Vineyards places an emphasis on sustainability and utilizes a gravity-flow system which eliminates the need to pump, reducing exposure to contaminants. Enjoy live music, upscale dining or a stay at the on-sight Hampton Inn & Suites.
Claim to fame: The Madison Lee Wine Club, which offers members special discounts and privileges, as well as quarterly wine shipments of white, red or both.
Location: Monroe, NC
This family-owned vineyard just outside of Charlotte features 11 varietals from semi-dry to sweet, seven of which are muscadine wines. This is the perfect spot to unwind with beautiful views, live music and horses roaming the property.
Claim to fame: Three private tree houses, with two available for overnight rentals, allow visitors to sip among the trees.
Location: Kings Mountain, NC
A half hour from Charlotte, this vineyard offers craft wines with stunning views of Crowders Mountain. Veronét offers nine varieties by the glass, or a three-wine flight for those who want to sample a few. Feeling adventurous? The Tasting Experience offers five wines presented by a senior tasting associate.
Claim to fame: Sweeping views of the sustainable and environmentally friendly vineyard at the foot of a piedmont mountain range.
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