Yadkin Valley (AVA)
  Sign In
Subscribe to our newsletter
Bookmark and Share  


Welcome to North Carolina’s first AVA. Attaining final approval on February 7, 2003, this 1.4-million-acre viticultural area in the northwestern section of the Piedmont region, spans seven counties along the Yadkin River.

The appellation hosts a growing number of wineries, concentrated at moderate elevations. The majority of vines here are Vitis vinifera, with wineries finding the greatest success with Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The Yadkin Valley viticultural area was born out of a need to find a new crop. With tobacco in decline, farmers needed to find a more profitable way to utilize their fertile grounds. The gently rolling hills and the mixture of clay and loam soils provide the area with excellent drainage. Combine that with a long, warm growing season and a mild winter and you find the recipe for successful viticulture.

Current Feature

Besides legendary Zinfandel, Amador County has taken to Rhone, Italian and Iberian variety wines with laudable results. Now the Amador 4 Fires brings the foods of those regions to an open flame to explore a total experience  [>] continue


Appellation Features

[>] see all Yadkin Valley features (2)

Related Features


 

Best of Appellation

See the best wines of Yadkin Valley

See the best wines of
Yadkin Valley

Alive & Well here


Chardonnay: You are the world’s greatest star. Your fame has infiltrated every nook and cranny of the globe, regardless  [>] continue

Correspondent

Barbara Ensrud
is the Regional Correspondent for Yadkin Valley.

Recommendations

Quick Finds

Appellation Honor Role

Search the Yadkin Valley Wine List

 
select wine style:
select grape:
 

Featured Wines

RayLen Vineyards 2005 Category 5 The intensity of hurricanes in the Carolinas reflects the power and structure of this premium Cabernet blend- a Category 5!
buy wine $18.00


RayLen Vineyards 2005 Barrel Chardonnay A robust Yadkin Valley Chardonnay featuring vanilla undertones that offer a buttery texture without the taste of a wooden spoon!
buy wine $14.00

Buy Yadkin Valley wines
directly from these wineries

Advertisement



    Help us improve travel information to your favorite region...



Winery Sponsors

Winery sponsors of Appellation America’s coverage of the Yadkin Valley appellation.