It will soon be “the most wonderful time of the year” and what better time to visit the wineries of the Yadkin Valley. As winter and the holiday season approaches most people are spending more time at home, staying out of the cold and sharing time with loved ones. Many of the area wineries however can also provide a great atmosphere for holiday celebrating as well, not to mention holiday shopping.
“It’s the perfect idea for a holiday gift for someone,” said Cynthia Douthit, co-owner of Grassy Creek Winery in State Road. “I don’t know that people think of that enough.”
Not only do most of the wineries sell some unique wine-related or other types of home decor and special gifts, it’s a great idea to buy a bottle of wine as a hostess gift for attending holiday parties or as gift for out-of-town visitors who have yet to experience the wineries of the Yadkin Valley. Douthit said they often create special gift baskets during the holiday season.
“A gift certificate is also great idea because the gift you give becomes an experience for someone,” Douthit said.
The area wineries not only provide unique gift ideas, but most are decorated for the season and offer special events to celebrate the holidays.
Each year the Surry wineries group, comprised of nine area wineries plus Skull Camp Brewery, hosts a Winter Wine Passport event. For a set fee, guests can visit each of the wineries and brewery for special tastings, food pairings and a special gift. Douthit said this is also a great gift idea as the event extends through March.
Many of the other area wineries also host special holiday events. Be sure to call your favorite Yadkin Valley winery or visit their website or Facebook page to find out what special holiday celebrations they will host this season.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.