North Carolina has really come into its own in wineries. You will find them scattered all over the state now. When I’m visiting North Carolina I like to revisit a few favorites in between exploring ones I haven’t been to. One of my favorites on the Yadkin Valley Wine Trail is Shelton Vineyard & Winery in Dobson.
Shelton Vineyards is North Carolina’s largest family owned winery founded in 1999 by Charlie & Ed Shelton. The Vineyard grows several varieties of vitis vinifera grapes with harvesting season (late August) lasting approximately 6-8 weeks. They have quite an extensive variety of award-winning wines to choose from. Yes, I have tried them all and am particularly partial to their Blush and Harvest White! The wines are excellent quality from sweet to dry and a nice selection in between, even blackberry or peach.
Wine tastings and wine making tours, giving you a nice overview of their wine making process and facility, are available daily year round.
The large gift shop and marketplace has unique wine accessories and other gift options to choose from. They carry locally made goodies too like salsa, mustards, and jellies.
The grounds are absolutely beautiful with a large lake, blooming dogwoods, weeping willows, and a plethora of flowers. A great spot for a picnic or just a sit by the lake and enjoy a glass of wine. Walking trails surround the vineyard so you can take it all in with a leisurely stroll.
Looking for special upscale dining experience, stop in The Harvest Grill located next door to the Winery. Chef Paul brings his many years of culinary experience and uses seasonally grown ingredients to give the freshest locally sourced assortment on the menu. Excellent food to pair with an excellent glass of wine!
The winery has events year round from art festivals, live music, and our favorite the car shows! What I think makes a winery really special is how welcoming the staff are, and they really are top-notch here. Wonderful conversation while tasting wine. Come visit and be prepared to spend better part of a day here, you might even catch a glimpse of a wedding. With everything that Shelton’s has to offer, you will soon realize why this is one of my favorite wineries and an absolute favorite of the locals!
TIP: Shelton Vineyards also owns the Hampton Inn & Suites down the road from the Winery. If your on the road, it’s a great stopping point and reasonably priced. http://www.sheltonvineyards.com/hampton-inn-at-shelton-vineyards
Location: Shelton Vineyards @ 286 Cabernet Lane, Dobson, NC 27017 Ph: (336) 366-4724