First Came Vineyards, then Came Golf

By Craig Distl

Folks interested in uncorking not just wine bottles, but also fairway-splitting drives, are advised to load up the clubs and set a course for the links of North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley.

Over the last decade, this wine region has experienced tremendous growth. There were only five wineries at the end of 2002. By the spring of 2010, that number had increased to 30, with more on the way.

Tourists are now discovering the Yadkin Valley much in the same way they discovered California’s Napa Valley in the 1970s and 80s. Golfers, too, are coming to the valley. More