Summer wine slushy anyone? 6 wineries within an hour of Uptown

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This article was originally published on May 27, 2015 and updated June 14, 2017.

I think every woman has a fantasy where they’re strolling through a romantic vineyard wearing a flowing sundress, floppy hat and glamorous sunglasses. Wait, that’s just me?

You don’t have to travel to Napa to make my fantasy your reality; although, you will have to enjoy a leisurely drive away from Uptown.

This summer, escape the city for an afternoon and explore the newish tradition of North Carolina wine (hint: it features a lot of Muscadine grapes) at these area vineyards. Cheers!

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Cauble Creek Vineyard

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Distance from Uptown: 45 minutes

Tastings: $8 for 8 wines, $12 for 12 wines. Comes with a souvenir glass.

Food: No

Wine slushy: No

Events: Keep up with their events calendar here.

Highlight: Pick your own grapes during the fall.

700 Cauble Farm Road, Salisbury
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday
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Childress Vineyards

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Distance from Uptown: One hour (worth it)

Tastings: $12 gets you eight wines of the sweeter, off-dry variety and $15 will get you eight dry and full-bodied wines. Both include a souvenir glass.

Food: The winery features a bistro, so no outside food is allowed (hours are Mon-Sun, 11am-3pm). While I’m sure the menu is great, why would you miss the chance to grab some BBQ while in Lexington?

Wine slushy: Yes.

Featured event: Music in the Vineyards and Yoga at the Pavilion. See the full schedule here.

Highlight: Ask to try your favorite red in a chocolate shot glass. You can thank me later.

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1000 Childress Vineyard Road, Lexington
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
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Douglas Vineyards


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Distance from Uptown: 29 miles

Tastings: $8 for eight wines and a souvenir glass

Food: No

Wine slushy: Yes

Events: Keep up with their events calendar here.

7696 Freeze Road, Kannapolis
Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday
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Treehouse Vineyards

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Distance from Uptown: 45 minutes

Tastings: $8 gets you eight wines. They also have a Groupon running for two tastings and a bottle of wine for $18 – now that’s a deal.

Food: While Treehouse doesn’t have a restaurant, they do offer a selection of cheese to accompany your wine. For budget hounds, you can also pack a picnic.

Wine slushy: Yes.

Events: All of their events are listed here.

Highlight: Just as the name implies, Treehouse Vineyards has three treehouses available as vacation rentals. The list is already a year out, so book early!

301 Bay Street, Monroe
Noon to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
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Rocky River Vineyards

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Distance from Uptown: 30 minutes

Tastings: $8 gets you eight wines. The other vineyards on this list include a complimentary glass with your tasting, but you’ll have to pay $2 for your glass at Rocky River.

Food: Rocky River doesn’t have a restaurant, but they do have lots of places perfect for a picnic you packed yourself.

Wine slushy: Yes – $5 – $15 depending on size.

Featured event: $4 Wine Slushy Wednesday. See the full event calendar here.

Highlight: The grounds are lovely and remote. Their winemaking barn is particularly picturesque.

Can I just set my laptop up on this barrel and work from here? Kthanks.

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11685 Reed Mine Road, Midland
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday
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Davasté Vineyards

Daveste vines early June

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Distance from Uptown: 40 minutes

Tastings: $7 for six wines.

Food: Davasté doesn’t have a restaurant. Feel free to pack a picnic!

Wine slushy: No.

Featured event: I’m no yogi, but a yoga class in the vineyard sounds pretty darn zen.

Highlight: This winery features an art gallery for the culturally inclined and a beautiful waterfall/stream for the Instagram generation.

155 Lytton Farm Road, Troutman
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday
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