Early bird rates make it especially attractive – and gift-worthy
The Yadkin Valley Winter Wine & Beer Passport serves up a season of tastings in North Carolina wine country.
Whether buying for yourself or giving as a gift, each passport is a money-saving pass to tasting experiences at 18 wineries and breweries. The tastings can be redeemed for four months from Nov. 25, 2022, through March 26, 2023, and early bird rates make it even more budget-friendly.
All purchases through Nov. 1, 2022, receive Early bird pricing of $83 for an individual passport and $125 for a two-person passport (36 tastings). In addition to all the tastings, passport holders receive discounts and special rates on dining, retail and lodging, including cabins in the vineyards along the Surry County Wine Trail.
Starting Nov. 2, 2022, regular rates of $95 for an individual passport and $145 for a two-person passport kick in, but those rates are still a bargain for a passport that has an estimated value of $340.
“People love the passports. Many come back year after year or give them as gifts to family and friends,” says Becky Muhlenberg of Haze Gray Vineyards. “It’s really just the idea of having something fun to do for a weekend in winter, or spreading it across several winter weekends.”
The 13 wineries participating this winter are Adagio Vineyards, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Golden Road, Grassy Creek, Haze Gray, Pilot Mountain, Roaring River, Round Peak, Serre Vineyards, Shelton Vineyards, Slightly Askew and Stony Knoll.
Meanwhile, four craft breweries – Angry Troll, Skull Camp, Thirsty Souls and White Elephant – add variety to the tasting options, along with Mayberry Spirits Distillery.
The vineyards and breweries are located in and around the small towns of Elkin, Mount Airy, Pilot Mountain and Dobson. An online map of the tasting rooms is available here.
Many of the Winter Wine & Beer Passport holders take advantage of discounted lodging rates at cabins at the vineyards, as well as hotels in the area. This makes it easy to plan a long weekend (or two) in wine country.
“Each winter, the passport serves as a guide to all the great wineries and breweries here in the heart of Yadkin Valley,” says Jessica Roberts, director of the Tourism Partnership of Surry County. “Over the course of four months, it’s both a convenient and economical way to experience wine country.”
To purchase or learn more about the Winter Wine & Beer Passport, visit: https://www.yadkinvalleync.com/guides/winter-beer-wine-passport/ or call 336-526-1111.
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