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Day trips – and sips – at Swan Creek wineries

Day trips – and sips – at Swan Creek wineries

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Thirty minutes west of Winston-Salem, Yadkin Valley’s wine country opens wide to the largest number of wineries and vineyards in North Carolina.

Nestled in that busy (80 wineries) agri-tourism corridor off I-77 and U.S. 421 is the smaller federally-designated Swan Creek American Viticultural Area (AVA), recognized for its unique microclimate, soils, topography and favorable grape-growing conditions.

Three Swan Creek area wineries – each less than a 5-minute drive of the other – offer visitors one of the most dizzyingly diverse introductions to award-winning fare: European varietal wines, French-American hybrid wines, Port-style wines, fortified brandy wines, fruit-based wines and high-octane distilled products crafted from grapes and honey.

For wine enthusiasts – or even the casually curious – the coming months are an excellent time to experience vineyard metamorphosis – from bud break to swelling grape clusters.

Here’s a closer look at three wineries:

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