Spend the chilly months sipping wine in cozy tasting rooms throughout the Yadkin Valley with the sixth annual Winter Wine Passport.
The passport program expands to cover a longer time period this winter. It begins Nov. 27 and continues through April 3, 2016.
Wine lovers who purchase a passport receive a tasting at 10 Yadkin Valley wineries, a commemorative trivet to fill with corks from each stop, and discounts at 18 area businesses, including restaurants, shops and lodging.
Food-and-wine weekends take place once a month in January, February and March. During these weekends, select wineries prepare a dish which either incorporates their wine as an ingredient or pairs well with a certain wine. Guests receive recipes for the featured dishes.
Participating wineries are: Adagio, Brushy Mountain, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Grassy Creek, Herrera, Round Peak, Skull Camp, Slightly Askew and Stony Knoll.
“People come to this area because of the wine region, and as a winery owner, that’s exciting,” said Pat Colwell of Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery. “The variety found in the Yadkin Valley is impressive. You name a grape, and I’ll point you to a winery that makes wine from it.”
Passports are on sale now through the end of the program. Anyone who purchases a passport before Nov. 27 receives the early-bird rate of $50 for an individual or $85 for a couple. The standard price is $55 for individuals or $95 for couples. Passports are available at participating wineries and online at www.SurryWineries.com.
“We encourage people to buy them early, so they have as much flexibility as possible to enjoy every winery on their own schedule,” Colwell said.
For more information on the Winter Wine Passport program, call 336-366-3301 or visit www.SurryWineries.com.