OUR VINEYARD

OUR VINEYARD

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Our Vineyard

The Yadkin Valley’s unique microclimate and soils have proven to be optimal for growing European varietals.

 At RayLen Vineyards & Winery, we believe in crafting wine in the most ecological way possible. We aim to maintain the natural characteristics of the fruit while still producing wines which are unique to this region.

Our wines are carefully fermented in controlled conditions. Our winemaker will select either a barrel or stainless steel aging process, depending on the specific fruit harvested. Our vine and varietal selection is constantly in flux as we test which varietals adapt best to the North Carolina terroir. We work to find the grapes to yield the desired product and only the best stay in rotation.

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We want to make the best North Carolina wines possible based on European varietals.

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The Varietals We Grow
Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Malbec
Syrah
Petit Verdot
Chardonnay
Pinot Grigio
Merlot

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We’re located in the internationally-recognized, federally-approved Yadkin Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA), of North Carolina’s Piedmont region. This means that the Yadkin Valley is an exceptional region for growing European wine grapes. RayLen Vineyards is a charter member of the AVA, joining in the early 2000’s when there were only four other wineries in the area. Many other wineries are now a part of the AVA, but RayLen Vineyards remains a leading pioneer of the Yadkin Valley with over 35,000 vines on our property today.

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In keeping with our eco-conscious vineyard, we produce more energy than we use, and the surplus energy is fed back directly into the grid to increase the amount of solar energy available in our community. We’re the first solar-powered winery in the state of North Carolina. Our solar panels can be found in at various locations on the property.

Visit RayLen Vineyards

We’re located in the internationally-recognized, federally-approved Yadkin Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA), of North Carolina’s Piedmont region. This means that the Yadkin Valley is an exceptional region for growing European wine grapes. RayLen Vineyards is a charter member of the AVA, joining in the early 2000’s when there were only four other wineries in the area. Many other wineries are now a part of the AVA, but RayLen Vineyards remains a leading pioneer of the Yadkin Valley with over 35,000 vines on our property today.

solar

In keeping with our eco-conscious vineyard, we produce more energy than we use, and the surplus energy is fed back directly into the grid to increase the amount of solar energy available in our community. We’re the first solar-powered winery in the state of North Carolina. Our solar panels can be found in at various locations on the property.

RayLen Vineyards & Winery Property History

After years of traveling and tasting wine, Joe and Joyce Neely visited friends in Napa Valley and were inspired by their involvement in the winemaking industry. Supported by North Carolina friends who had begun winery ventures nearby, the Neelys decided to add their talents to the nascent winemaker efforts sweeping North Carolina.

While searching for the right combination of farmland and interstate access, they were delighted to find a large tract for sale in the Yadkin Valley, perfect for establishing their vineyard. The name of RayLen Vineyards & Winery comes from combining the names of the Neelys’ two daughters – Rachel and Helen. Truly making it a family affair.

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The 115 acre property had functioned as a dairy farm for nearly a century until 1998, when Joe and Joyce Neely purchased the land. The first vines were planted in 1999. Today, the rolling hills and winding drive romance guests as they drive through 35,000 European varietal grape vines. The distinctive cupola rooftop of RayLen Vineyards is a beacon for the southern portion of the Yadkin Valley Appellation.

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In September 2009, RayLen Vineyards became eco-friendly by adding the largest field of solar panels at a winery in North Carolina. RayLen is one of only three solar powered vineyards on the East Coast.

Travelers from the highway and wanderers from the surrounding country roads are drawn to the tasting room to discover a new experience. Loyal customers return for the lush vista and a reliable favorite of winemaker Steve Shepard’s award winning wines.

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