BOONVILLE — After two days of much-needed rain for area vineyards, the sun came out to create a perfect summer day for visitors to enjoy the bounty of the Yadkin River Wine Trail region. Around 200 guests came out to RagApple Lassie Vineyard on Sunday for a wine mini-festival and classic car show.
“I think there’s no better place to be than the Yadkin Valley with these old classic cars and corvettes and great Yadkin Valley wine,” said Tim Doub, owner of Flint Hill Vineyard, who participated in Sunday’s event.
The Yadkin River Trail wineries — RagApple Lassie, Flint Hill, Cellar 4201, Divine Llama and Sanders Ridge — do several joint events together throughout the year that give wine lovers a little more bang for their bang as they are able to experience five wineries at once. Throughout the summer and fall, each of the wineries take a turn hosting a mini-festival. This year, RagApple Lassie owner Lenna Hobson decided to include a classic car show along with their festival to entice additional attendance.
“This being the first time that we, the Yadkin River Wine Trail, included something else, like the car show, along with one of the mini-festivals really helped to bring some new folks to the event,” Hobson said. “It was a great turnout because of the interest in having something else included along with the wine tastings. Attendees said that wine and classic cars go perfectly together and they really enjoyed that addition.”
There were many classic cars gleaming on the lawn of the vineyard and event attendees had a chance to vote for their favorite. Three Corvette clubs also participated in the event.
Harry Hutz of Clemmons got his first Corvette about six months ago, but said it was really a lifelong dream for him and he was thrilled to be participating in the event.
“I’m just enjoying the beautiful day we have and looking at a lot of beautiful cars,” he said. “It’s really nice here in the wine country.”
He said he also has participated in a similar event at Shelton Vineyards and just enjoys any chance to show off his ‘Vette.
“It’s one of those things, when you grow up you always want one, and luckily when we get to a certain age and we retire we finally have enough money we can justify the expense of these things,” he explained.
The car shows he said are a great time to get the car out of the garage and go somewhere to enjoy the day and the camaraderie.
Yadkinville resident Jim Gregory, also a Corvette owner, said, “I just love the people and the cars.”
“Anybody that owns a Corvette, they’ve got a tale to tell you,” he said.
As local band T.C. Montana played favorites tunes by Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and more, guests enjoyed wine tastings and viewing vehicles from days gone by. There were also several vendors at the event featuring handmade metal jewelry, hand-rolled cigars and unique customizable wire wrapped wine glasses.
Car enthusiasts, like William Saunders of Elkin, who came to show off his classic Jaguar, said he loved the opportunity to come out to the winery and be able to show off his car. He said he hoped the event would be repeated.
“It’s a good day to be out with other people who enjoy great cars,” said Judi Bailey. Bailey was part of the Country Corvette Club that participated in the event. The love and care that people put into restoring and maintaining classic cars is really special, she said. The Country Corvette Club not only enjoys showing off cool cars they also do fundraisers for good causes. The group will be hosting a cruise-in next month at Flow Chevrolet in Winston-Salem to raise funds for Brenner’s Childrens Hospital.
Pam Dunn of Winston-Salem said she and her friends loved all the area wineries and had been to most of them. She called the event at RagApple Lassie “wonderful.”
“Just looking at these beautiful old cars and the wine tastings, it’s perfect,” she said. “A beautiful day.”
The next mini-festival will be held on Sept. 7 at Cellar 4201 in East Bend and will feature local musician Dell Guthrie, King Creole Food Truck, Silpada Jewelry, samples and products from Green Gate Olive Oil Company, plus bocce ball, a cornhole toss and more.
“The mini festivals are unique because every winery has a different setting and totally different wines to offer,” said Cellar 4201 owner Donna Carlyle. “For example, Cellar 4201 has a reputation for excellent dry reds and great stainless chardonnay.”
For information about upcoming events at the Yadkin River Trail wineries, visit www.yadkinriverwinetrail.com.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.