Savory The Vintage Selections Along North Carolina's Wine Trails, By Melody Schubert

Whether planning a party or a romantic weekend, wine is a wonderful addition to the menu. North Carolina has a diverse mix of wines offering a wide selection of wines to suit your taste. One of newest wineries is the Divine Llama Vineyards in East Bend. This vineyard features a tasting room and a five-acre pasture for llama and miniature horses. This makes a nice outing for families because children and adults alike can pet the llamas. Among the vines planted on the property are Chardonnay, Chardonnel, Traminette, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (

The Big Woods Restaurant at Sanders Ridge in Boonville is another of the newer wineries. This is the ideal place for dinner as well as for private special events. The freshest ingredients make all of the dishes at The Big Woods a savory delight. Sanders Ridge is located off I-77, about 45 minutes northwest of Winston-Salem. (

If you’re traveling in your RV touring the North Carolina Wine Trails is even more fun. Stop in, sample a delicious selection of wines, and pick up your favorite bottle for an evening treat when you stop to camp for the night. There’s a great downloadable guide in PDF format that features many of the RV-friendly wineries and nearby campgrounds to check out to help plan your trip as well:

An intimate look at the North Carolina winemakers is offered online with oral histories captured by the Southern Foodways Alliance. In their “Wine in the South” special feature they feature the Biltmore Estate, Duplin Winery, Garden Gate Vineyards, Hinnant Family Vineyards, RagApple Lassie Vineyards and Westbend Vineyards.

For a enjoyable getaway, shopping and relaxation in North Carolina read A Season Of Shopping & Celebrations In Charlotte, North Carolina.

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