• Yadkin Valley Wine and Beer Passport is a ticket to winter fun

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    Ready to explore a few of North Carolina’s most popular wineries? The Yadkin Valley Winter Wine and Beer Passport is a fun and economical way to experience wine country this winter.

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    Each passport serves as a ticket to tastings at 10 award-winning wineries and two craft breweries in Surry County, located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine region. The program has expanded to 12 tasting opportunities this year thanks to the additions of Shelton Vineyards and Old North State Winery.

    Passport holders also receive a keepsake wall-mounted cork holder, specials at six lodging properties convenient to the vineyards and discounts at 20 restaurants and shops.

    The passports are valid from Nov. 23 through March 20.

    “It’s an enjoyable way to celebrate winter – a treasure map to great wineries and breweries throughout Surry County,” Louis Jeroslow, winemaker at Elkin Creek Vineyard, said in a release.

    Participating wineries are Adagio Vineyards, Carolina Heritage, Elkin Creek, Grassy Creek, Old North State, Roaring River, Round Peak, Shelton Vineyards, Slightly Askew and Stony Knoll.

    The breweries on tap this winter are Angry Troll and Skull Camp.

    “This is the ninth year we’ve offered the program, and people love it,” said Pat Colwell of Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery. “And it makes a popular Christmas gift for people who like wine and beer.”

    Early bird pricing for the passport is $54 for individuals and $89 for couples through Nov. 22. Regular pricing begins Nov. 23, with rates of $64 for individuals and $99 for couples. The estimated value of each passport is $225.

    For details or to purchase a passport, go to yadkinvalleync.com or call the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce at 336-526-1111.

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