Must-Try Wineries & Vineyards Near Charlotte
You don’t have to catch a cross-country flight to Napa to enjoy a glass of good vino. The Queen City offers an array of vineyards with elegant experiences so unique to the area, you will feel like you’re in the West Coast valley.
by Maggie Solomon
Whether you are a pinot grigio connoisseur ready to celebrate good times with friends or a pinot noir type wanting to expand your knowledge of local vineyards, a wine tasting experience in the area is nothing short of exquisite.
Location: Lexington, NC
Opened by NASCAR team owner Richard Childress in 2004, this winery and vineyard produces more than 30 varieties of wine for both newcomers and seasoned aficionados. The proof is in the many awards and gold medals it has won over the years. Roam the 70 acres of vineyards – all just one hour from Uptown Charlotte.
Location: Davidson, NC
Touted as the first urban winery in the city, Davidson Wine Co. opened in 2019. The shop once served as an organ making shop, with an intimate inside as well as an outdoor area featuring a fire pit. They offer the opportunity to craft custom wines and labels. More interested in the product? They have a wine club as well.
Location: East Bend, NC
If you enjoy your wine with hillside views and the occasional llama, then you will love this unusual yet irresistible vineyard experience. Located in a rustic farmhouse about 90 minutes from Charlotte, the tasting room is surrounded by five acres of vineyards offering award-winning wines, including traminette, chardonel, merlot, cabernet franc, “In A Heartbeat” red blend and “Red Rita Rose.” And don’t forget 20 acres of pastures for the roaming llamas.
Location: Ronda, NC
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. Tastings are $12; vineyard tours are also offered.
Location: Midland, NC
Open since 2003, this Midland-based vineyard grows muscadine grapes – indigenous to North Carolina. Spread across 45 acres and 35 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, the vineyard often holds events such as spring and fall festivals, summer parties, grape stomping and a holiday open house. And once your visit is done, take home a bottle from one of Cabarrus County’s finest, like the Chambourcin, Pinot Grigio or the Butterfly Blush.
Location: Dobson, NC
Created by two brothers, this winery grows ten varieties of grapes, providing wine for all tastes. It’s located in the Yadkin Valley and is part of the Surry County Wine Trail, featuring 18 wineries in the area. If you find yourself tired and not wanting to make 90-minute trip back to Charlotte, good news – there’s a Hampton Inn and Suites located on the property with a wine bar inside.
Location: Monroe, NC
This vineyard, about 45 minutes southeast of Charlotte, is located on a 200-year-old family farm. The winery produces everything from sweet to semi-dry to dry wines. Tastings, offered at the top of each hour and, are $12, require reservations and include a preselected flight of dry and sweet wines. Make the experience extra special by renting one of the vineyard’s three treehouses, two of which are available for overnight stays.
Location: Kings Mountain, NC
Located about 45 minutes from Charlotte, this vineyard and winery has a panoramic view of neighboring Crowders Mountain and Pinnacle, making it the perfect post-hike stop. In addition to tours and tastings, the winery has select snacks like charcuterie and cheeseboards to pair with them.
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