Have you ever visited the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina? The valley is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is known as NC Wine Country. The Yadkin Valley AVA includes seven counties in the northwestern part of the state along the I77 corridor. Many of the 44 wineries are Harvest Hosts that provide overnight camping for RVers. The locations along I77 are perfect stopovers for snowbirds traveling south or for anyone traveling through this scenic area at any time of year.
Read on to hear about our experiences at three Harvest Hosts in the Yadkin Valley.
Round Peak Vineyards, Mt. Airy, NC
Our first Harvest Host experience was at Round Peak Vineyards, a few miles off I77 near the Virginia border. We enjoyed the drive to the winery on Round Peak Church Road in late summer. When we arrived, we found parking the camper was a little tricky. We were directed to park along a side road descending into the vineyards because the parking space beside the tasting room was reserved for larger rigs. To find a level parking spot, we chose to park perpendicular to the road (although leveling still required blocks).
After settling into our spot, we enjoyed tasting several wines. The tasting room was full, so we chose to sit outside on the front porch and wait for the crowds to leave. The winery closed at 5:00 p.m., and soon the crowds were gone. We moved to the back deck to enjoy the incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
We walked along the vineyards to stretch our legs before returning to the deck for sunset.
The night was quiet and comfortable – everything you hope for when staying at a Harvest Host. Would we stay again? Yes. The wine is good, and the mountain views are worth it (even if parking isn’t perfect).
Sanders Ridge Vineyard and Winery, Boonville, NC
We visited Sanders Ridge in October just as the leaves were changing. We parked in the vineyards – always a favorite for us. At the top of the hill, we found a nice level spot.
They allow parking all along the vineyards where the harvest trucks have room to maneuver. We set up camp facing west for sunset and headed to the tasting room for a late lunch.
We spoke with the host and learned that the winery is also a popular wedding venue. We enjoyed sampling the wines and selected a bottle of Trillium for later.
The food was delicious. I enjoyed the pulled pork on a pretzel roll with pimento cheese. The flavor combination was delicious. David enjoyed the salmon burger.
That evening, back in the vineyards, we relaxed with the pets and waited for sunset.
Barley and Lola embraced the solitude just as we did. Sunset did not disappoint.
Would we stay again? Absolutely.
Midnight Magdalena Winery, Jonesville, NC
A few miles west of Sanders Ridge, we found Midnight Magdalena Winery. If you seek easy access, this is the Harvest Host for you. The drive is just off I77. The parking is incredibly easy and level for any size rig.
Most of the vineyards are on the other side of Howell School Road. Thus, the overnight parking lacks a “vineyard” experience.
However, the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the tasting house porch make up for it.
Speaking of the porch – we loved it! We sat outside for our wine tasting with Barley. The winery is very dog-friendly and was named after the owner’s dog – Midnight.
We enjoyed learning about all the wines during the tasting experience. We bought a bottle of the Merlot to enjoy with dinner. They do not serve food but have a great outdoor space for picnicking.
The overnight stay was quiet and comfortable. Would we visit again? Yes indeed.
Each of the three Harvest Host wineries we stayed at offered slightly different experiences. We enjoyed each host. If your travels take you through the Yadkin Valley of NC, don’t miss these convenient stops along I77.
Read more about Harvest Hosts in our previous post highlighting areas in Florida.