Within a one hour drive of our upscale Raleigh hotel, visitors can enjoy local wineries, vineyards, and meaderies with dry reds, sparkling pinks, and fruit-infused libations. As you plan the itinerary for your Raleigh getaway, consider adding an afternoon for wine tasting and vineyard touring. Below is our list of the 15 best wineries in Raleigh, NC and its surrounding cities.
1| Chatham Hill Winery
2| Cloer Family Vineyards
3| Gregory Vineyards
4| Honeygirl Meadery
5| Starrlight Mead
6| Hinnant Family Vineyards and Winery
7| Fireclay Cellars
8| Botanist & Barrel
9| Rock Of Ages Winery & Vineyard
10| A Secret Garden Winery
11| Melanated Wine
12| ZincHouse Winery and Brewery
13| Brindisi Wines
14| The Raleigh Wine Shop
15| DRINK Raleigh
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1| Chatham Hill Winery | 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary
Chatham Hill Winery opened in 1999 and was the first winery in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area. Located just 8 miles from the StateView Hotel, Chatham Hill uses Yadkin Valley grapes to produce its varietal wines including chardonnay, viognier, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Visitors are welcome at Chatham Hill Winery on Thursdays from 3 pm to 8 pm, Fridays from 3 pm to 10:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm for wine tastings, winery tours, and live music.
2| Cloer Family Vineyards | 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex
Cloer Family Vineyards is a short 17.6 miles from our Raleigh hotel. The owners, Tam & Pam Cloer, have worked to create an environment where every visitor feels like an old friend. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn with a bottle of wine or join in a tour to see how their favorite wine is made from vine to glass. Cloer grows two types of muscadine grapes in its vineyards: noble and carlos. They also produce riesling, veranda and matador varietals sourced from vineyards in western North Carolina. Guests are welcome on Fridays from noon to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm.
3| Gregory Vineyards | 275 Bowling Spring Dr, Angier
Gregory Vineyards is a 140-acre farm featuring a 30-acre muscadine vineyard, a winery, multiple lakes and a seafood & steakhouse restaurant. Located 24.5 miles from the StateView Hotel, the vineyard hosts annual events, provides event space for parties & weddings and offers winery tours. Stop by Thursdays from 5 pm to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 9 pm to enjoy dinner, wine tastings, or a stroll around the vineyard.
4| Honeygirl Meadery | 105 Hood St #6, Durham
Diane Currier, owner and operator of Honeygirl Meadery, is passionate about taking the goodness of nature (honey, flowers, berries, fruits and herbs) and putting it into a glass to enjoy. Diane uses only the freshest ingredients and proudly sells her mead (wine made from honey) creations at her storefront in Durham & at local farmer’s markets. The Honeygirl Meadery Tasting Room, located 25.3 miles from our Raleigh hotel, is open Thursdays from 5 pm to 8 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 7 pm, and Sundays from noon to 6 pm.
5| Starrlight Mead | 130 Lorax Ln, Pittsboro
Becky and Ben Starr are the owners and operators of Starrlight Mead, an award-winning meadery located 29.9 miles west of the StateView Hotel. This sparkling couple concocts fruit-infused, herb-infused and traditional honey meads. Visitors are invited to stop by for a bottle or tasting, join in their special events or participate in a how-to class. Starrlight is open Monday through Saturday noon to 6 pm, and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.
6| Hinnant Family Vineyards and Winery | 826 Pine Level Micro Rd, Pine Level
Hinnant Family Vineyards is the largest muscadine vineyard in North Carolina, stretching over 100 acres. This family-owned vineyard and winery has been creating award-winning wine varietals for almost 50 years. Hinnant Family Vineyards and Winery offers weekly specials and events, live music, and more to make your visit special. You can visit Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. Our downtown Raleigh hotel is only 36.7 miles from this vineyard.
7| Fireclay Cellars | 1276 Bowers Store Rd, Siler City
Named for the bright red clay where their vineyards are located, FireClay Cellars is a family-owned winery and vineyard in Siler City, 41.9 miles from the StateView Hotel. FireClay Cellars bottles generic and varietal wines including Chambourcin, oaked chardonel, Bordeaux-style red blends, and even a dry hibiscus mead. Visitors are welcome to stop by for a tasting, book a group event or bring a picnic to enjoy with a glass of wine on the lawn. FireClay is open from 10:30 am to 5 pm Thursday through Monday from 10:30 am to 5 pm, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
8| Botanist & Barrel | 105 Persimmon Hill Ln, Cedar Grove
Botanist & Barrel is all about creating delicious, natural beverages without additives. Using old-world methods with a few modern conveniences, B&B crafts wines, fruited sours and real southern ciders. Guests are invited to the Tasting Room. Limited seating is available, but guests are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets. Botanist & Barrel is 49.4 miles from our Raleigh hotel and is open from noon to 6 pm on Thursdays & Sundays and from noon to 7 pm on Fridays & Saturdays.
9| Rock Of Ages Winery & Vineyard | 1890 Charlie Long Rd, Hurdle Mills
Located 51.8 miles from the StateView Hotel, Rock of Ages Winery & Vineyard was started by Kevin & Kim Moore in the early 2000s. Their winery produces 33 different wines from grapes grown in their 26-acre vineyard next to a 4-acre lake. Stop by seven days a week from 1 pm to 5 pm to meet the Moores and learn how their winery is beautifully blending the old with the new.
10| A Secret Garden Winery | 1008 Airport Rd NE, Pikeville
A Secret Garden Winery is a true hidden gem of North Carolina, located just 57 miles from our Raleigh hotel. Using seven varieties of organic muscadine grapes, water, sugar and only the natural yeasts found on the grapes themselves, Linda Wall Hall and her family produce several varietals of muscadine wines. A Secret Garden Winery is open for tastings Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm, and by appointment only other days.
11| Melanated Wine | 4608 Industry Ln., Durham
Melanated Wines is Durham’s first Black-owned winery, less than half an hour from The StateView Hotel. Created with an emphasis on simplifying and sharing fine wine, Melanated Wines offers seven premium wines, including a bold >white sangria, juicyblackberry wine, and crispRiesling. Melanated Wine offers two wine tasting options to suit your tastes. Just 22 miles from our Raleigh hotel, you can stop by Melanated Wine from 10 am to 9pm Friday and Saturday for a wine tasting experience like no other.
12| ZincHouse Winery & Brewery | 6225 Wake Forest Hwy., Durham
ZincHouse Winery & Brewery is a top winery near our Raleigh hotel. Their menu includes over 200 fine wines and local beers on tap. A deviation from the busy feel of the Triangle Area, you can explore ZincHouse’s vineyards, Carriage House, Pavilion, and more to get acquainted with the charm and mountaintop feel of this 87-acre property. ZincHouse hosts food trucks and live music on a regular basis, making it a popular destination to spend an afternoon near Raleigh. You can visit ZincHouse Winery & Brewery, 23 miles from the StateView Hotel, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 pm to 10 pm, noon to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 8 pm on Sunday.
13| Brindisi Wines | 10 N Main St., Wendell
Just 21 miles from the StateView Hotel in Raleigh, Brindisi Wines brings wine from all over the world to their combination wine shop andice cream parlor. Highlighting small family vineyards that produce organic, sustainably grown wines, Brindisi Wines offers up to 40 different wines daily. Explore the many different varietals available of old world and new world wines and take home your favorite! Visit Brindisi Wines Fridays from 1 pm to 9 pm and Saturdays from noon to 9 pm.
14| The Raleigh Wine Shop | 317 S Bloodworth St., Raleigh
Less than 15 minutes from the StateView Hotel, The Raleigh Wine Shop has been a top destination for wine tastings in Raleigh for over a decade. Their shelves are lined with artisanal wines with a special emphasis on value. From the most dedicated wine connoisseur to a casual “just something sweet” drinker, palates of all kinds will find something delicious at The Raleigh Wine Shop’s extensive tasting bar. Stop by Monday through Wednesday from noon to 8 pm, Thursday through Saturday from noon to 9 pm, and Sunday from noon to 6 pm.
15| DRINK Raleigh | 215-A Glennwood Ave., Raleigh
DRINK Raleigh is located just 3.5 miles from the StateView Hotel and offers an impressive range of wines from small family vineyards to delight your tastes. A focus on family-owned and small batch wineries means the wine list is forever changing based on availability, so there is always something new and exciting to try. DRINK offers tasting classes, private events, and specialized tastings. You can visit DRINK from 3 pm to 9 pm Thursday through Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm.
More about Raleigh Wineries
What is the largest winery in NC?
The largest winery in NC is Shelton Vineyards in Dobson, North Carolina. Shelton Vineyards estate covers 406 acres of land in the Yadkin Valley near Mount Airy.
What wine is NC known for?
NC is known for muscadine wines, made from muscadine grapes that are native to the region.
What winery in NC looks like a castle?
The Biltmore estate is a winery in NC that looks like a castle. The Biltmore is also America’s most visited winery, and one of the most sought-after holiday vacation destinations in the Carolinas.
What is the oldest winery in North Carolina?
The oldest winery in North Carolina is Duplin Winery, in operation since 1975. Duplin Winery is a top producer of muscadine wine, the wine that North Carolina is known for.
What is the purple grape in NC?
Purple grapes in NC are muscadine grapes, and produce delicious muscadine wine! Muscadine grapes are a type of scuppernong grape, which is the state fruit of North Carolina.
Now that you’ve decided to include a visit to a Raleigh winery on your next vacation, consider booking your room at our upscale Raleigh hotel. The StateView Hotel boasts comfortable yet modern accommodations with luxurious amenities, all within a convenient distance of the best wineries in Raleigh NC.