A good deal gets even better with early bird rates
A great way to experience North Carolina wine country this winter is via the Yadkin Valley Winter Wine & Beer Passport. This money-saving passport is especially economical when you take advantage of early bird rates from through Oct. 1.
Passport holders receive either one or two tastings at 17 wineries and breweries. Each passport can be redeemed from Nov. 24, 2023, through March 31, 2024, at tasting rooms in the Yadkin Valley towns of Elkin, Mount Airy and Dobson. This gives folks more than four months to enjoy the full value of their purchase.
Early bird pricing is $108 for an individual passport and $175 for a two-person passport (34 tastings), which is more than a 50-percent savings off the retail value.
Starting Oct. 2, 2023, regular rates of $120 for an individual passport and $195 for a two-person passport kick in, but those rates are still a bargain for a passport that carries an estimated value of $400.
“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 12 wineries participating this winter are Adagio Vineyards, the new Christian Paul Vineyards, Elkin Creek, Golden Road, Grassy Creek, Haze Gray, Hidden Vineyard, Roaring River, Round Peak, Shelton Vineyards, Slightly Askew and Stony Knoll.
Meanwhile, four craft breweries – Angry Troll, Midsummer Brewing, 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 and Dobson in Surry County. 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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