Davidson County stands at the southern gateway to the Yadkin Valley Wine Appellation, one of the United States’ newest federally designated viticulture regions. The region encompasses seven North Carolina counties, boasting over 26 wineries, and is situated on rolling hills – picturesque countryside and acres of land that once grew tobacco but now produce grapes.
As you drive through the gates to Childress Vineyards you are immediately transported to another place in time. The rolling hills, acres of grapevines and Italian Renaissance-styled winery seem far away from Davidson County.
NASCAR team owner Richard Childress invites you to visit his signature winery, Childress Vineyards in Lexington. There you can taste world-class wines crafted by award-winning winemaker, Mark Friszolowski, take a guided tour of the wine making process, and enjoy a picnic lunch from the Bistro. Be sure to save time to browse through the winery gift shop! Come see why Wine Enthusiast magazine selected Childress Vineyards as one of America’s Top 25 Tasting Rooms. For more information: Childress Vineyards
During the summer months, on Saturdays and Sundays, you’ll find live music on the terrace overlooking the grounds of the winery. Look for details on our calendar pages.
Tasting Room: Monday thru Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday noon-5pm
(Tasting Bar closes 30 min prior to closing)
Tours: Monday thru Friday noon & 3pm; Saturday and Sunday noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4pm
Bistro: Lunch served Monday – Sunday 11am-3pm
1000 Childress Vineyards Road, Lexington
Often asked about the name of their winery, the Proctors explain that it comes from the huge influence the weather has on wine production – from grape development to the final stage of fermentation!
Weathervane Wines are available for purchase at Tastings (312 East Center Street, Lexington), Yarborough’s Restaurant (3 Marco Blvd, Lexington), and other retail outlets throughout the area.
Weathervane’s Tasting Room opened in the Summer of 2008. They welcome visitors and offer tastings of 16 of their signature wines. With North Carolina pines in the distance, the winery and vineyard are located on 7 acres in northern Davidson County.
Tastings are $5.00 per person including a signature glass
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11am-5pm, Friday 11am-6pm
Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm
1452 Welcome Arcadia Road, Lexington
Junius Lindsay Vineyards
Junius Lindsay Zimmerman and his bride Beatrice Estelle Evans looked for a place to begin their new life in 1894 and bought the acreage where the vineyard now lies. Junius Lindsay cleared the land and farmed it until he was 90 years old.
The 11 acre vineyard, first planted in 2004, is nestled among forests and streams on the soil that has been proudly farmed by the family for over a century.
Grape varieties include Viognier, a rare white grape that originated in Condrieu, in France’s Northern Rhine Valley, over 2000 years ago. Other varieties, all native to the Rhine Valley, include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Roussanne. As NC Vine put it so well, “If you want a true sense of a French vineyard, then Junius Lindsay is the place to go”.
In just a few short years, Junius Lindsay Wines have gained national acclaim and recognition. They are available for purchase at the Vineyards and other locations, retail locations listed on website.
Thursday & Sunday 1 pm-5 pm; Friday & Saturday 1 pm-6 pm
385 Dr Zimmerman Road, Lexington
Native Vines Winery is the first Native American Indian owned winery and has been producing seasonal fruit since 1998, with a focus on apple and blackberry. These wines are produced from fruit grown on the farm and are completely natural. Native Vines Winery is dedicated to producing the purest product possible for their customers and for the environment.
Tasting room open Tuesday thru Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 1pm-6pm
1336 N. Highway 150, Lexington
Wine Shops in Lexington
Tasting is a small, friendly retail wine store emphasizing service and education. You’ll find a small town atmosphere filled with international wines and beers. They offer wines for every budget, individual service, and free tastings daily. You can also purchase wine by the glass.
Open Tuesday & Wednesday 10 am-6 pm
Thursday & Friday 10 am-7 pm
Saturday from 10 am-6 pm
312 East Center Street, Lexington
Wine Sellars mixers & more
The premiere wine shop in Lexington. WineSellars, mixers & more is your one stop shop for all your beverage needs. Local and world class wines, crafts, beers, and the largest selection of beverage mixers in the area.
Open Tuesday-Wednesday 11am-7pm
1981 Cotton Grove Road, Lexington
Southern Gateway Wine Trail
Following the fertile path in the heart of North Carolina, four vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms are temptations waiting to welcome you. Since Davidson County is the Southern Gateway to the Yadkin Valley Appelation – the heart of North Carolina Wine Country – these wineries and wine shops make up the “Southern Gateway Wine Trail”.