Finding our way to Sanders Ridge Winery was the first time I ever used GPS coordinates. But really, the winery and restaurant aren’t that far off the beaten path, and signage is good.
The vineyards are beautiful, as you wind along the driveway to the winery. We wandered back along the edges enjoying the view and the spring growth on the vines. The winery/restaurant itself sits on a quiet pond, surrounded by shade trees.
We had reservations for dinner on a Friday, but Thursday family-style dinners are what the restaurant is famous for. Guests sit at long tables and serve themselves family style from a set menu. A recent Thursday menu the Sanders Ridge Facebook page included buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, buttered corn, peas and onions, garden salad, butter pecan ice cream sandwiches. So you get an idea of what’s in store.
The Friday night we visited was surprisingly quiet, especially since it was the weekend of the Yadkin Valley Wine Festival. There was plenty of seating, and we chose to eat out on the porch. I enjoyed sautéed trout, with wild rice and Brussels sprout cooked with bacon and pecans. My husband had shrimp with orzo with grilled yellow squash and zucchini .
The winery owner’s wife operates an organic farm not far away, so seasonal produce from the farm is included in the meals. With dinner, I chose a nice glass of Sanders Ridge Chambourcin, while Kyle had a Cabernet Sauvignon .
We didn’t get a chance to see this, but an unusual feature of Sanders Ridge Winery is a zip line that adults and children alike can enjoy (hint: BEFORE you hit the tasting room). See the zip line in action in this Tarheel Traveler video.
As we were finishing dinner on the open porch, thunderstorms skirted the vineyard, and we sought shelter at a table on the covered porch. We had a good conversation with a couple from Ohio, who had made numerous trips to the Yadkin Valley for wine tasting and fine dining. More evidence that North Carolina wine country is becoming a destination for people from outside our borders!