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 and a vibrant arts, music, craft, and theater culture. With nearby access to I-77 and 421, Elkin is also very convenient to reach; an ideal destination for those looking to escape the frenetic pace of the cities and suburbs who want to experience a bit of small town America.
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With already so much to offer its visitors, it was a happy accident indeed that 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.
Leveraging diverse backgrounds in operations, maintenance, and hospitality, we as the founders of The Elkin Vine Line saw an opportunity to fulfill the needs of three groups: (1) the wine tasters we enjoy meeting as they visit our region, (2) the local wineries we already enjoy visiting, (3) and our awesome little town of Elkin we enjoy sharing with others.
We’ve already met many of you out and about on our own forays into wine country. Almost everyone we spoke with shared the same challenges we did when we first arrived; the lack of awareness of all the excellent wineries around us, the most efficient way to navigate to them among the bucolic but unfamiliar back roads in the area, and the ever-present need for a designated driver that usually resulted in one of us not being able to fully enjoy the experience. Thus was hatched the Elkin Vine Line concept; an idea that took shape (as many of the best ones do!): on the back of bar napkins, amongst enthusiastic friends, and, as you would expect, over many glasses of excellent NC wine.
We decided early on that we wanted to differ from other wine tour services. There are plenty of great businesses out there already that offer tour packages tailored specifically to moving cohesive groups of wine tasters from winery to winery. That model normally results in a parked vehicle at the winery, and an idling driver waiting for the wine tasting group to be done as a whole. We thought there might be a better way.
So we set out to create a method to move people around wine country independently without the need for them to remain together as a group. By constantly circulating and continuously dropping off and picking up, we felt we could efficiently carry greater numbers of tasters to more of our fabulous wineries and increase the fun quotient for all. Our Winery Hopper business model is the result of those efforts. We hope you enjoy what we’ve created as you join us for your own winery hopping adventure!
Owner / CEO / Driver
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