Breweries & Wineries

 

One of the most popular forms of socializing in history is going out for drinks, whether it be Mimosas for brunch or a beer after a long day at work. For us, it comes in the form of sitting down and relaxing after a long day in the outdoors. Seeing as how many people who travel really value going to new Breweries and Wineries we have comprised a list of all those available in the Triad area. Don’t forget to check out some of the walks that are possible to do at the wineries, or check out some of the breweries that are close to some of the rivers and parks. 

 

Breweries

 

Nothing pairs better with the rush of an outdoor escapade than the perfect mouthful of ice-cold beer. North Carolina boasts the largest number of craft brewers in the American South. In the NC Triad, you can explore the burgeoning brewery scene with craft beer hubs in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and Asheboro. 

 

Beer Pairs Best with Outdoor Adventure

 

Whether you are interested in traditional craft beers, innovative creations, or historical ambiances, a wide range of breweries and taprooms are waiting for you throughout the Triad. After your bicycle adventure along the Long Branch Greenway, stop by the Foothills Brewing for top-quality beers and seasonal beers, or step into the historic 1930s Hoots Roller Mill and storage warehouse to grab a delicious, inspiring, and affordable beer from Hoots Beer Co. 

Wherever your outdoor adventure takes you in the NC Triad, there is a brewery right around the bend! In the eastern part of the Triad, you can find Red Oak Brewery, one of the oldest craft breweries in North Carolina, which uses only malted barley, hops, water, and yeast to make its beer. Visiting the North Carolina Zoo or finishing your ATV experience in the Uwharrie Forest? Don’t miss the stop at Four Saints Brewing, featuring a diverse and impressive selection of beers, including the Berliner Punch Berliner Weisse, a gateway to sour beers made with seven flavors found in Hawaiian Punch. 

 

Biking, Running, Paddling, and Brewing 

 

In the Triad, you will find awarding-winning beers, laid-back atmospheres at brewers like Brown Truck Brewery, or event-filled breweries that feature yoga, run clubs, and BBQ smoke-offs like Oden Brewing Company. Suppose you are looking for even more variety. In that case, breweries like Goose and the Monkey Brewhouse offers a wide selection of inventive craft beer, a fully functional coffee bar, and dining provisions, including Pour Folk Pizza and Pour Folk Provisions Co. 

From the west to the east, you will find Skull Camp Brewing in Elkin and Haw River Farmhouse Ales in Saxapahaw, who use locally grown ingredients in their delicious beers. Both of these breweries are located near your next outdoor adventure. 

 

Wineries

 

North Carolina is one of the five most visited wine and culinary tourism states. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Yadkin Valley in the NC Triad has the best selection of wineries and vineyards that offer something for everyone. You can enjoy a relaxing day sipping wine, make a weekend out of it with wine tasting and romantic scenery, or embark on a unique llama trek and wine tasting adventure. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture has recognized this area as a “unique and valuable wine-growing region.” Yadkin Valley wineries are rapidly gaining a reputation for growing high-quality grapes and producing world-class, award-winning wines. 

 

Relax and sip

 

Just a short drive from Winston-Salem, RayLen Vineyards in Mocksville boasts over 35,000 European varietal grapevines. The tasting room is open seven days per week. Be sure to check the event calendar for music and food. 

Laurel Gray Vineyards and the Myers family in Hamptonville have been good stewards of the land for ten generations, committed to sustainable winery and farming operations. Visit the tasting room and relax on the veranda overlooking the vineyards, pond, and winery. 

 

Something Unique

 

Divine Llama Vineyards in East Bend has numerous award-winning wines and the largest llama farm in the Southeast. In spring, fall, and winter, you can take a llama trek around the vineyards and enjoy a wine tasting. 

Grassy Creek Vineyard in Elkin offers a unique experience for outdoor enthusiasts.  Located on the Grassy Creek Trail, hikers can enjoy moderate hike through a pine forest down to the rushing Carter Falls on Elkin Creek.  Hike back up to enjoy a wine flight at the renovated barn, often with live local music events.

 

Make a Weekend Out of It (wineries with accommodations)

 

In the Yadkin Valley, just 25 miles west of Winston-Salem, you’ll find Sanders Ridge, offering up to 16 varieties of estate-grown wines. This 150-acre century-designated farm is open for tastings, pairing dinners, live music, and cabin rental. 

Shelton Vineyards in Dobson is one of the most extensive vineyards on the east coast. Their wines have won numerous national and international awards. Tours and tastings are offered daily, and you can enjoy the walking path through the grounds and picnic area. Nearby, you’ll find Hampton Inn at Shelton Vineyards to accommodate your stay.

Overlooking Big Elkin Creek, on the site of a historic grist mill built in 1896, you can celebrate nature and the art of winemaking at Elkin Creek Vineyard in Elkin. The vineyards are comprised of four lush acres of Merlot, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Book a Creekside cabin for a rustic getaway. 

Round Peak Vineyards in Mount Airy is one of the northernmost vineyards in the Yadkin Valley, sitting at an elevation of 1300 ft with 12-acres of vineyards planted with primarily French and Italian varietals. The covered patio offers spectacular views, especially at sunset! Stay in a comfortable rental cabin and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

 

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    Red Oak Brewery

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    Haze Gray Vineyards

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    Serre Vineyards

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    Surry Cellars ( Shelton-Badgett NC Center for Viticulture & Enology

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    Other Side of the Moon Brewery

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    Angry Troll Brewing

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    Laurel Gray Vineyards

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    Carolina Heritage Vineyards

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    Golden Road Vineyards

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    Haw River Farmhouse Ales