Wine-tasting technique demands that you first swirl the glass, then take a sip, and then very slowly dribble wine down your chin so that the rest of your body can taste it. Imbibe elegance with this Groupon.
Choose from Eight Options
- $129 for a Swan Creek wine tour for two ($260 value)
- $259 for a Swan Creek wine tour for four ($520 value)
Choose from the following dates for either option: Saturday, July 5, Saturday, August 9, Saturday, August 23, or Sunday, September 7. Tours depart at 10 a.m. and return at 5 p.m.
Before embarking, instructors take 30 minutes to impart the basics of wine-tasting, including seeing, swirling, smelling, and sipping. Wine-lovers then visit Dobbins Creek Vineyards, Laurel Gray Vineyards, Raffaldini Vineyards, Shadow Spring Vineyard, and Windsor Run Cellars, all located within 5 miles of each other. There they can learn about the wineries and the wine-making process and purchase samples. Lunch and transportation are provided.
Yadkin Valley Wine Tours
The Yadkin Valley Wine Tours travel among the vineyard rows and through the dark cool of barrel cellars, letting guests get up close and personal with the wineries of the Blue Ridge Mountains foothills. Chauffeured excursions by van or bus roll along back-country roads and scenic highways and make stops at wineries along Swan Creek, Shallowford Trail, Yadkin River Trail, and others.
At each winery, the guide unveils a little piece of North Carolina's winemaking heritage, explaining why the area's grape-growing climate is considered similar to that of Burgundy and the Italian Piedmont, just with much, much more distant views of the Alps. Afterward, a wine tasting lets everyone drink in the local flavor and learn proper tasting technique. Tours often follow the themes of the season, combining wine tasting with mining for gems in the summer, taking in the changing foliage in the fall, and stops at toasty fireplaces in the winter.