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North Carolina Winery Road Trip: Your One-Day Tasting Adventure

Group of friends at a winery.

What pairs well with a couple’s retreat or girls’ getaway? Wine tasting, of course! We are so lucky that some of the best North Carolina wineries happen to be just about an hour north of Lake Norman. Follow along with this day trip itinerary for an enjoyable and effortless excursion.

Morning in Lake Norman

Start your day on the right foot by savoring your Black Powder coffee at your StayLakeNorman vacation home, or head to Famous Toastery for a hearty breakfast.

Next, pack up the picnic lunch that you ordered in advance (and was delivered to your rental) from Carolina Gourmet to bring with you on your adventure.

Travel in Style

When you’re ready to go, your private driver from Alpha Car Services will pick you up and take you on a smooth and safe outing, start to finish.

Wine & Trails at Grassy Creek Vineyard

Your first stop is Grassy Creek Vineyard, a charming estate and winery surrounded by forest. If you are game, plan your day accordingly to start with a leisurely walk along the trails at Grassy Creek. There is even an opportunity to do some “forest bathing,” which is essentially nature therapy. A perfect way to start the day! Make time for wine in the tasting room and enjoy the beautiful grounds with your picnic lunch.

Indulge in a VIP tasting experience at Laurel Gray Vineyards

View of the pond and vineyard at Laurel Gray Vineyards.
Laurel Gray Vineyards

Continue your winery tour at Laurel Gray Vineyards, where the outdoor veranda offers a lovely setting to sip your next varietal. In addition to drop-in wine tastings, vineyard tours are available daily. If you desire, it is possible to enjoy a VIP private tasting experience with food pairings if booked in advance.

Spend an afternoon in Italy (almost) at Raffaldini Vineyards

Tuscan-inspired winery in the Yadkin Valley, Raffaldini Vineyards.
Raffaldini Vineyards

Last but not least, travel down the road and take in the Tuscany-esque vistas and mid-afternoon peace at Raffaldini Vineyards. This vineyard is known as “Chianti in the Carolinas” and produces only classically dry, Italian-style wines. Allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that you’ve been whisked away to Italy for the afternoon. You might find it hard to leave.

Dinner on the Water

Once you have had your fill, head back to the lake for dinner at one of Lake Norman’s best waterfront restaurants and enjoy the beauty of the water at dusk.

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