As the first vines began to grow in the Yadkin Valley, few people believed European wine grapes would make it in the clay loam of the foothills and Piedmont. A few pioneers took a chance, however, and a region’s farming heritage lives on......In 2003, only 4 wineries made up the Yadkin Valley. In less than ten years, the original NC AVA now has over 20 wineries and the state winery totals continue to climb. Steve Shepard, a pioneer of the Yadkin Valley, continues to make wine in the area.
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