• Annual festival lets you sip your way through the Yadkin Valley


    Taste some of the best vintages from North Carolina wine country at the 16th annual Yadkin Valley Wine Festival happening Saturday, May 20, at Elkin Municipal Park.

    The festival features 26 wineries that are located in the Yadkin Valley or use grapes grown in the Yadkin Valley and showcases the region’s emergence as a wine destination. The Yadkin Valley American Viticultural Area — the first federally recognized wine-growing region in North Carolina — is now home to nearly 40 wineries.

    “The original purpose of the wine festival was to make more people aware of the viticulture and different wines this area is capable of producing,” says Myra Cook, president of the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce. “As it has grown, the festival has become a big boost for tourism in the area, drawing in visitors from all over.”

    The festival also includes food, music, crafts and a grape stomp for kids.

    For a full wine weekend, start your festivities at the Yadkin Valley Wine Auction and Gala on Friday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. The black-tie-optional affair includes dinner, live entertainment, and live and silent auctions, as well as a chance to win $2,500. The event takes place at The Liberty’s Coley Hall in downtown Elkin. Tickets are $50, and proceeds benefit the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Foundation.

    Yadkin Valley Wine Festival tickets cost $22 in advance and $30 at the gate. Active duty and retired military can purchase day-of tickets for $20. VIP tickets are available for $102. The VIP package includes preferential parking, a festival T-shirt and access to the hospitality tent. Shuttle service is available to and from participating hotels for $5 per person.

    The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit yvwf.com or call (336) 526-1111.

    To learn more about the Yadkin Valley area and explore lodging options, visit yadkinvalleync.com.

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