There are more than 400 vineyards and 100 wineries across our beautiful state of North Carolina, and one of the newest happens to be one of the most special we’ve come across! Last month, we made a little day trip to the Yadkin Valley for JOLO Winery and Vineyards Grand Opening event, and were truly charmed by the upscale yet rustic lodge venue, the refined wines, the delicious food, and of course, the breathtaking setting and Pilot Mountain backdrop.
Nestled on 80 acres in the foothills of North Carolina’s Piedmont Region, just a few minutes outside of Winston-Salem, JOLO Winery boasts gorgeous views of nearby Pilot Mountain and Cox Lake. JOLO’s owners, husband and wife team JW and Kristen Ray, craft delicious wine in an eco-friendly fashion — they use burnt vine clippings and compost for fertilizers, baking soda and hot sauce in place of most insecticides, and use reclaimed creek and rain water as the only added source of irrigation for the grapevines. These practices, plus the rocky soil and hilly nature of the property, make ideal conditions for world-class grape growing.
We spent an afternoon at the grand opening event sitting in the warm spring sunshine – leisurely tasting wines, listening to a fantastic live band, and enjoying samples from the JOLO kitchen. JOLO has an on-site formal dining restaurant, End Posts, which offers an intimate, boutique-style atmosphere, along with beautiful open fields, spring-fed ponds, walking trails, and colorful flower gardens. The Ray family clearly developed the winery with events in mind – they have an event building, a lodge where the bride and groom can get ready and even spend the night, and multiple patio areas for outdoor event fun. The vineyard is now booking weddings, celebrations, and corporate events of all sizes.
All photos courtesy of Adele Lee Photography.