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Yadkin Valley Winter Wine Passport Program Adds Breweries

Posted on: November 14th, 2017 by 89and52 No Comments

SURRY COUNTY, N.C. – For the eighth straight winter, wine passports allow folks to sample their way through the Yadkin Valley at Surry County wineries. And for the first time, local craft breweries are included in the mix.

The newly renamed Winter Wine and Beer Passport is on sale now. It provides tastings at eight wineries and two craft breweries between Nov. 24, 2017, and March 18, 2018.

“There are so many couples where one drinks wine but the other drinks beer, so it’s nice to have something they can enjoy as a couple,” says organizer Pat Colwell of Carolina Heritage Vineyards in Elkin.

In addition to wine and beer tastings, passport holders receive a keepsake cork magnet at each location featuring the logo of that particular winery or brewery. The tastings also come with complimentary food pairings on three designated Saturdays – Jan. 6, Feb. 3 and March 3.

Another perk of the passport is special discounts at local merchants, restaurants and hotels.
“People love the passport. Many come back year after year, and they give it as a gift to family and friends,” Colwell says. “It’s really just the idea of having something fun that people can do at their leisure for one weekend in winter or spread it across several winter weekends.”

This year’s participating wineries are: Adagio Vineyards, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Grassy Creek, Roaring River, Round Peak, Slightly Askew and Stony Knoll. The breweries are Angry Troll and Skull Camp.

“The fun part is we have such a diverse set of wineries in Surry County,” Colwell says. “People ask about our signature offering, and I say our signature offering is our variety, not just one type of wine. You name it, and we probably have it here.”

People should consider buying passports early for two reasons. Early bird pricing makes the good deal even better, and all passports sold out last year and will likely do so again.

Through Nov. 23, individual passports are $54, while couples’ passports are $89. Starting Nov. 24, those prices increase to $64 and $99. Estimated value of each passport is $225.

For information on the Winter Wine and Beer Passport, or to purchase online, go to: Details are also available by calling 336-366-3301.

Surry Community College to host Southeastern United Grape & Wine Symposium, Nov. 5-6

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments
Dobson, NC – Internationally renowned experts in Viticulture and Enology will be featured during the Third Annual Southeastern United Grape and Wine Symposium to be held Nov. 5-6 at the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology on the campus of Surry Community College.

“This event will be a wonderful educational opportunity consisting of lectures and workshops to help winemakers and grape growers increase their knowledge base,” said David Bower, SCC Enology Instructor. “Our symposium, educational program and our partnership with VESTA (Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance) focuses its efforts on a technical education and training experience for those interested in the fields of Viticulture and Enology. Our symposium specifically targets the entire Southeastern United States with hopes of bringing regionally specific technical topics to light for those in our area. This year we have included a new marketing track in our program that will focus on direct-to-consumer concepts, wine business, and brand building in the Southeast.”

The symposium is being coordinated by SCC and sponsored by VESTA along with media partner, Wines & Vines magazine, the North American wine industry’s oldest and largest publication and industry directory, which merged with Practical Winery Vineyard, the publisher of technical journals. VESTA is a partnership of 17 colleges and universities nationwide that deliver groundbreaking distance educational opportunities for the grape and wine industry. Other event sponsors are Wright of Thomasville, Enartis- Vinquiry, Hanna Instruments, Scott Laboratories, Nomacorc, Bucher Vaslin, Carolina Wine Supply, Vintage Nurseries, Orchard Valley Supply, and Knights Grapevine Nursery.

The two-day symposium will feature a variety of wine experts including: Katy Rogers, director of Direct-to-Consumer Marketing, Presqu’ile Wine; Karen Barnes, owner of Wine Direct Marketing Services; Elizabeth “E” Slater, marketing savant, In Short Direct Marketing; Ray Johnson, director of Sonoma State University, Wine Business Institute; Dr. Michelle Moyer, state viticulturist and assistant professor, Washington State; Dr. Alan Lasko, professor of viticulture, Cornell University, Geneva Station.

Also, Dr. Andrew Reynolds, professor of viticulture, Brock University; Dr. Sara E. Spayd, state viticulturist and professor of horticulture at North Carolina State University; Dr. Mizuho Nita, research/extension grape pathologist, Virginia Tech; Dr. James Osborne, associate professor and enology extension specialist for Oregon State University; Scott Frost, Ph.D. candidate, University of California at Davis; Dr. Barry Gump, professor of beverage management, Florida International University; Tom Payette, winemaking consultant, Payette Consulting; John McClain, president, McClain Ozone; and Scott Wallace, managing director, Bucher-Vaslin North America.

The event will include a Tour of North Carolina Wines Lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 5, featuring wines of North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley along with a Lunch and Learn about food and wine pairing on Thursday, Nov. 6.

The Grand Wine Tasting on Wednesday night (Nov.5) at 5:30 will highlight wines of the Southeast complemented by heavy hors d’oeuvres and is open to the public for a non-conference rate of $25. The registration cost is $100 until Oct. 18 and $125 after the early bird deadline. The registration deadline is Oct. 26. Participants can choose to register for the entire conference, which includes all meals and the Grand Wine Tasting. Tickets to Lunch and Learn or the Grand Wine Tasting may be purchased separately.

Three workshops are being held at Surry Community College in conjunction with the symposium. VESTA Instructor Barry Gump is teaching a Wine Analysis Workshop on Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. along with an Introductory Brewing Workshop, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This brewing workshop will cover the science and history of brewing, and participants will complete an extract-based beer and a mini-mash. The Wine Analysis Workshop is $150, and Introductory Brewing is $100.

VESTA Instructor Melba Allen is leading a Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop on Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This workshop will benefit winemakers, cellar workers, winery staff, and wine enthusiasts who seek a deeper understanding of sensory evaluation topics and their impact on a winery’s success. In addition, workshop attendees will be guided through sensory test methods to access perceived differences and preferences in wine. A certificate will be awarded from VESTA after the completion of this workshop. The workshop cost is $150.

Participants can register for these events on the symposium’s website. To register for the symposium or for more information, go to


Hutton Vineyards

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Less than a mile from Historic Rockford, close to the banks of the Yadkin River, lies Hutton Vineyards, in the bustling Yadkin Valley wine region of North Carolina. With 45 acres of grapes and 30 acres of pasture, it is truly a breathtaking experience. Visit the Hutton Vineyards website to purchase wine online. The winery is open Monday through Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.

Surry Cellars

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Surry Cellars is the label for wine produced at Surry Community College through its viticulture and enology program, and part of the Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture and Enology. Wines produced by Surry Cellars have won local, regional and national awards. Currently, Surry Cellar wines can be purchased at Harris Teeter-Peacehaven, UnCorked in Downtown Mount Airy, Cloverdale, and Thruway Center retail outlets.

Elkin Creek Vineyard

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by 89and52 No Comments

Established in 2001, Elkin Creek Vineyard bottled their first vintage in the fall of 2005. The winery overlooks Elkin Creek and the century-old Elkin Creek Mill. The vineyards are comprised of six lush acres of Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier.
Enjoy a delightful meal—prepared in a hand-built, wood-burning brick oven—at The Kitchen at Elkin Creek.  The Kitchen is also open for special events, such as weddings, receptions, private parties, etc.
Every Sunday from 11 to 5, enjoy made-to-order pizzas from the wood-fire brick oven. Reservations are strongly encouraged. They also bake homemade artisan sour dough bread, which is available Thursday-Sunday in the tasting room along with light fare such as an antipasto plate of select meats and cheeses, local fresh jams, and local farmstead cheese.

Elkin Creek Vineyard also offers creek-side cabins for overnight rentals. The cabins have a full kitchen, queen-sized bed, stone fireplace, soaking tub, sleeper sofa, porch swings, and more.

Grassy Creek Vineyard

Posted on: July 7th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Located within one mile of Elkin, Grassy Creek Vineyard is set on the historic grounds of Klondike Cabins, a former retreat and hunting lodge for the Hanes family and later Chatham Manufacturing Company. The tasting room is located in a renovated horse barn and is open Thursday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For the months of January and February, our the tasting room is open on Friday and Saturday only.

Surry Scenic Bikeway

Posted on: July 6th, 2013 by 89and52 No Comments

Surry County has over 500 marked designated bikeways along several major loops, including the Dobson-Elkin Loop, the Lowgap-Mount Airy Loop, the Westfield-Mount Airy Loop, the Holly Springs-Siloam Connector, the Rockford Connector, and the State Park Connector. Many of loops pass through wine country and farmland. Enjoy the Surry Scenic Bikeway near the Blue Ridge Mountains and Yadkin Valley Wine Region.