Yadkin Valley (AVA)
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Welcome to North Carolina’s first AVA. Attaining final approval on February 7, 2003, this 1.4-million-acre viticultural area in the northwestern section of the Piedmont region, spans seven counties along the Yadkin River.

The appellation hosts a growing number of wineries, concentrated at moderate elevations. The majority of vines here are Vitis vinifera, with wineries finding the greatest success with Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The Yadkin Valley viticultural area was born out of a need to find a new crop. With tobacco in decline, farmers needed to find a more profitable way to utilize their fertile grounds. The gently rolling hills and the mixture of clay and loam soils provide the area with excellent drainage. Combine that with a long, warm growing season and a mild winter and you find the recipe for successful viticulture.

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Barbara Ensrud
is the Regional Correspondent for Yadkin Valley.

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The AppellationAmerica database identifies 117 wines labeled with the Yadkin Valley designation.

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RayLen Vineyards 2005 Barrel Chardonnay A robust Yadkin Valley Chardonnay featuring vanilla undertones that offer a buttery texture without the taste of a wooden spoon!
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RayLen Vineyards 2005 Eagle's Select The best of the vineyard’s Bor
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