Introducing the Boone Area Wine Trail

Article Published: Jun. 23, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Introducing the Boone Area Wine Trail

The Watauga County Tourism Development Authority travel website,, has launched a major new tour of the High Country - the Boone Area Wine Trail.

With two new wineries recently opening in Watauga County, the High Country now offers visitors and locals a scenic, three-winery loop tour of the area. The recommended route starts in Boone and makes stops at Grandfather Vineyard & Winery in Foscoe, the Banner Elk Winery, and the 1861 Farmhouse Restaurant and Winery in Valle Crucis.

The Boone Area Wine Trail loop route follows N.C. 105 south from Boone, turns onto N.C. 184 into Banner Elk, and then takes N.C. 194 into Valle Crucis, before returning to N.C. 105 and Boone. The N.C. 194 portion of drive is a North Carolina Scenery Byway.

The homepage links to an entire feature on the Boone Area Wine Trail that includes a slide show, video, other photos and details about each stop. An interactive map describes the tour.

"It's exciting to have one more way to enjoy a number of days in the Boone Area," said Wright Tilley, executive director of the organization. "The Watauga TDA wants to be sure everyone knows about the area's new winery options before the summer travel season gets fully under bway."

The new wineries and Boone Area Wine Trail position the High Country as part of an emerging destination for winery tours and wine tastings. Not far away, the Yadkin Valley is one of the nation's top attractions for wine tours, and Biltmore Estate is the country's most visited winery.

The Boone Area Wine Trail is one of many new travel guide features coming to

"Our goal," Tilley said, "is to achieve a remarkable depth and high quality of informative guide material that really inspires people to visit the Boone Area."

Local travel and outdoor author Randy Johnson coordinates editorial content for the site.

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