Address: 8913 NC Highway 751, Durham NC
Distance from Raleigh: 22 miles (30 minutes)
Tasting room hours: Thursday – Monday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Doyle’s is the exclusive tasting room of RagApple Lassie wines, located 2 hours west in Boonville, NC (which would also be worth the trip). The tasting room is open Thursday through Monday but they also host special events on the weekends. This Friday, July 22 is Free Movie Night featuring The Wedding Singer (RSVP for a parking pass) and Saturday, July 23 is Adult Summer Camp: Sangria and S’mores. Tickets are $15 and include 3 drink tickets, games and s’mores.
Address: 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex NC
Distance from Raleigh: 21 miles (30 minutes)
Tasting room hours: Friday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NC State alum Tam Cloer opened the vineyard in 2010 after experimenting with grape growing for 15 years on the family’s 18-acre farm. They grow their own grapes and produce their own award-winning wines. Cloer hosts a Toasts & Tunes Concert every other Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wine is sold by the glass or bottle and they invite you to bring your own picnic lunch.
Address: 8245 Chapel Hill Road, Cary NC
Distance from Raleigh: 12 miles (18 minutes)
Tasting room hours: Tuesday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
North Carolina’s first urban winery produces wines using grapes grown primarily in the Yadkin Valley by their partner growers. They host brilliant special events and tastings on the weekends, like a potato chip and wine pairing earlier this month (sign me up), a wine sundae party last weekend (yes, please) and a special sangria weekend coming up on July 30 – 31 (duh). Wine tastings are $10/person and include a souvenir glass and winery tour.
Address: 3390 John Adams Road, Willow Springs NC
Distance from Raleigh: 15 miles (30 minutes)
Tasting room hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
This unique 8th-generation century farm has been in operation by the same family since the 1700s. Tastings are $5/person and can be booked online in advance here. On Friday, July 29 they’re hosting a concert with local country rock band The Outskirts. Admission is $3/person.
Address: 275 Bowling Spring Drive, Angier NC
Distance from Raleigh: 27 miles (30 minutes)
Tasting room hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The grounds at Gregory Vineyards are home to a winery, distillery and restaurant so all your bases are covered. They produce sweet and dry muscadine wine as well as fortified wine, which is wine mixed with a distilled spirit. Most alluring in the summer, however, are the wine slushies. Say no more. If you’re hungry, hit Lane’s Seafood & Steakhouse on the property.
Address: 826 Pine Level Micro Road, Pine Level NC
Distance from Raleigh: 38 miles (45 minutes)
Tasting room hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Hinnant siblings started growing grapes on the family farm back in the 70s but the first bottle wasn’t sold until 2003 when Willard Hinnant and his son Bob spearheaded the operation. They host live music on the patio every Sunday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Header photo of Gregory Vineyards via Facebook