About the Area
The historic town of Elkin is found at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains amid the rural beauty of rolling hills, farms, forests, and rivers. Known as the “Best Small Town in America”, Elkin offers a unique mix of gentle living, delightfully quaint shops and restaurants, hiking, biking, and kayaking trails for the outdoor enthusiasts as well as vibrant arts, music, craft, and theater culture. With nearby access to I-77 and NC 421, Elkin is convenient to visit and explore; an ideal destination for those looking to escape the frenetic pace of the cities and suburbs and experience a bit of small town America.
With already so much to offer its visitors, it was a happy accident indeed that historic Elkin found itself increasingly encircled by the growing vineyards and wineries of North Carolina’s most popular viticultural region – the Yadkin Valley AVA. No doubt there are already many of you reading this who have previously enjoyed the fruit of the vine here in this beautiful corner of North Carolina. With the launch of the Elkin Vine Line in 2020, your future visit to our town can now include a safe and enjoyable means to explore the spectacular wine country paradise in which Elkin is so serendipitously cradled.
So come on out to Elkin and explore wine country with us! Let the Elkin Vine Line take care of the driving while we provide you a fun and safe way to navigate to and enjoy our many acclaimed vineyards and wineries.
To find out more about Elkin, please explore the following links:
The Best Things to Do in Elkin, NC
Lift Your Spirits Along the Surry County Wine Trail
Denny and Shannon Lazar started the Elkin Vine Line in early 2020. A Navy fighter pilot in his former life, Denny leverages a robust background in operations and logistics in running the Vine Line. Shannon, besides being a loving wife and mother, has also shouldered the weighty responsibilities of a Commanding Officer’s wife and default “Mom” to hundreds of families during extended deployments. She is the consummate hostess, warmly tending to everyone as if they were her own family and she brings that radiant, hospitable energy to the Vine Line when greeting newcomers at their Station in downtown Elkin.
Together, Denny & Shannon saw a great opportunity to do three things with the business they started:
1. Take care of the people visiting the area and help them safely explore wine country.
2. Help the local wineries and owners they appreciate by bringing customers to their front doors.
3. Promote their awesome little town of Elkin and help highlight it as the centerpoint of North Carolina’s fastest growing wine region.
In their own words:
“We met so many people out and about in wine country that shared the same challenges we did when we first arrived; not knowing where all the wineries were in relation to each other and how best to visit them all along the beautiful but unfamiliar back roads in the area. Of course, there was the big safety issue of driving to them ourselves and it usually meant one of us would have to be the designated driver. Those factors, and our desire to help other people with these issues, helped hatch the Elkin Vine Line concept; an idea that took shape (as many of the best ones do!): on the back of bar napkins, among several enthusiastic friends, and, as you would expect, over many glasses of excellent NC wine!
We decided early on that we wanted to operate differently from other wine tour services. There are already plenty of great businesses out there that offer private tour packages for larger groups going to several wineries of their choice. That model normally results in an idle driver and parked vehicle at the winery waiting for the tasters to be done. We wanted to provide an opportunity for smaller groups and to make better use of our vans and drivers’ time.
So, we set out to create a little transportation system patterned after a train or trolley. Running along preset Lines on a schedule and then just selling seats allows us to combine smaller groups into larger ones and efficiently move them around wine country. It makes it easier and more predictable for everyone. Our riders can simply select the Line they want to ride without figuring out or negotiating a route and itinerary. Our drivers have standardized routes that are easy to train on and get familiar with. And our wineries know when to expect us and how many people we are bringing.
The Elkin Vine Line and its Winery Hopper operating model is the result of those efforts. Since we started in 2020, we’ve had close to 3,000 people explore this gorgeous wine country us. We hope you also enjoy what we’ve created and join us for your own winery hopping adventure!
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Mary Beth Hilenski