Early bird rates make it especially attractive – and gift-worthy
Chase the blues this winter with an assortment of North Carolina reds, whites and ambers.
The 2021-22 Yadkin Valley Winter Wine & Beer Passport serves up tastings at 18 locations in the heart of North Carolina wine country. That number includes 14 wineries, three breweries and one distillery along the Surry County Wine Trail.
Passport holders receive either one or two tastings at participating locations, as well as a keepsake stainless steel wine pump to preserve the freshness of opened bottles of wine. Another perk is discounts at several accommodations, restaurants and retail locations.
The passports are valid for four months, from Nov. 26, 2021, through March 27, 2022, with early bird pricing of $83 for an individual passport (18 tastings) or $125 for a two-person passport (36 tastings). Early bird pricing is available through Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25).
Regular pricing of $95 for individuals and $145 for couples kicks in Nov. 26, but is still a bargain for a passport that has an estimated value of $350.
“People love the passports. Many come back year after year or give them as gifts to family and friends,” says Pat Colwell of Carolina Heritage 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.”
Wineries new to the passport are Golden Road, Hidden Vineyard, Pilot Mountain and Serre Vineyards.
Returning wineries are Adagio Vineyards, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Grassy Creek, Haze Gray, Roaring River, Round Peak, Shelton, Slightly Askew and Stony Knoll.
Three craft breweries – Angry Troll, Skull Camp and Thirsty Souls – add variety to the tasting options, along with Mayberry Spirits Distillery.
Winter Wine & Beer Passport holders get 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 an economical way to experience wine country.”
To purchase or learn more about the Winter Wine & Beer Passport, visit: www.YadkinValleyNC.com or call 336-526-1111.
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