shelton vineyard

Shelton Vineyards, located in Dobson, NC, was established in 1999 and has quickly developed into the Yadkin Valley’s premier winery. Its 200 acres of cultivated vineyards produce 20,000+ cases of wine annually, winning awards from coast to coast and internationally.

Created by brothers Charlie and Ed
Shelton, this full-service destination
features a winery, restaurant, hotel
and Village Market and offers guests
the chance to experience the good life.

entrance drive

The vineyard grows 12 grape varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Tannat and Viognier.

Since the first wines were released in 2001, Shelton has won over 300 medals (and counting) in regional, national and international competitions, including 8 Best of Class/Show awards.

Get to know the wines we produce:

summer concert

Shelton hosts a series of special events throughout the year. Vineyard tours and wine tasting can be enjoyed any day the vineyard is open. Come and visit our beautiful vineyard and taste our spectacular wine.

grapes growing sign

Come enjoy yourself
at our vineyard::


Yadkin Valley winery offers visitors a taste of the good life

Dobson, NC - The area that inspired the famous TV show is quietly gaining a reputation as serious wine country. Shelton Vineyards, behind the foresight of brothers Charlie and Ed Shelton, is leading the way. In the heart of the lush Yadkin Valley of North Carolina, they have created a world-class winemaking experience complete with a restaurant, hotel and Village Market – all offering a come-as-you-are attitude that has visitors coming back for more.

Having traveled to many of the great wine regions of the world, the brothers recognized their boyhood home in the Yadkin Valley shared similar characteristics with these other regions. So the area where tobacco farms once dominated the landscape is now being transformed one vineyard at a time -- complete with its own appellation. In fact, The Today Show just declared North Carolina “the New Napa.”

This revelation comes as no surprise to Charlie and Ed, whose wines have won over 300 medals (and counting) in regional, national and international competitions. But for the Shelton brothers, it’s just as much about giving people a taste of the good life as it is about fine winemaking. They spared little expense in creating a state-of-the-art winery that’s a sophisticated surprise in its rural Surry County setting.

Here, on 400 acres, visitors can get a first-hand look at this advanced wine operation. On the guided tour, they’ll see how Shelton employs gravity flow techniques to handle the grapes as gently as possible and learn how three different temperature-controlled barrel rooms give the winemaker much-needed flexibility to craft more than 15 different wines. All of which are on hand to sample after each tour.

In addition to the tastings and tours, the vineyard itself is situated in a picture-perfect mountain setting. Visitors are encouraged to explore the grounds and picnic baskets are available from the Harvest Grill. Adjacent to the vineyard and fishpond, the Harvest Grill serves up sophisticated dishes with a down-home twist. Sure, you’ll find ahi tuna on the menu, but it comes with a pretzel crust. Every meal that Chef Paul creates is grounded in local fare but reflects the palate of the well-traveled visitor.

To further the Shelton Vineyards experience, Charlie and Ed built a Hampton Inn like no other, with a dedicated wine bar, complimentary vineyard shuttle and complimentary bikes and trails for the more adventurous. And just off the interstate is a Village Market that includes all the conveniences you’d expect plus a chance to experience local artisan crafts, Mayberry style.

All in all, it’s a destination well worth considering for a quick stopover or a long weekend. Either way, it’s a place that would appeal to Aunt Bee or Mr. Drysdale.