JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mountain

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Before the first grape vine was planted, the owners and staff of JOLO Winery & Vineyards sought to set a new standard in wine making and hospitality in the region.

Winemaking has been a lifelong dream turned realty for entrepreneurs and wine enthusiasts JW and Kristen Ray. JW spent over 10 years in the food and beverage industry, including owning his own restaurant at 19 years of age and working for two five-star hotel properties. In 2010, upon the successful sale of Learn.com, which JW co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer, the time had come to trade in his Zegna suit and tie and Ferragamo shoes for a tractor and a good pair of work boots. Kristen was just as ready to leave 20 years of the corporate sales world behind and to store her briefcase and dress pumps in the closet. The search for the perfect place for the winery brought him to the historic Yadkin Valley AVA. The rolling hills, now home to JOLO, are perched over 900 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Piedmont region boasting majestic views of Pilot Mountain. Previously, the vineyard estate had not been used for widespread agricultural purposes due to the rocky soil and hilly nature of the property. However, what is less ideal for farming makes for perfect conditions for world class grape growing. Most of the south facing sections in the vineyard require hand farming as the terrain is too steep for tractors. Thus our goal is to not compete on price but to provide inimitable guest services alongside superior wine production in North Carolina.

Being “green” is a key theme for JOLO Winery & Vineyards. Our eco-friendly initiatives include the use of burnt vine clippings and compost for fertilizers, the use of baking soda and hot sauce in place of most insecticides, and the use of reclaimed creek and rain water as the only added source of irrigation for the vines.

JOLO Winery & Vineyards is currently accepting event bookings for both indoor and outdoor events for 2 to 300 guests.

End Posts, our on-site tapas style dining restaurant has quickly become one of the most talked about restaurants in North Carolina.

Visit us soon and for more information visit www.jolovineyards.com.
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  • We thoroughly the Crimson Creek vertical tasting. Each year of the wine provided was exquisitely matched with a tasty food pairing. The wine and the food were plentiful. We also enjoyed the... 
    We thoroughly the Crimson Creek vertical tasting. Each year of the wine provided was exquisitely matched with a tasty food pairing. The wine and the food were plentiful. We also enjoyed the...  more »
  • Excellent atmosphere, beautiful venue, fantastic food, friendly staff and most of all a fully engaged wine owner that is always a part of special events held and is so appreciative of all his... 
    Excellent atmosphere, beautiful venue, fantastic food, friendly staff and most of all a fully engaged wine owner that is always a part of special events held and is so appreciative of all his...  more »
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  • Beautiful place the food we ordered was quite good although I had some tell me that they were cooking prepackaged food. However, $40-55 for a bottle of wine is beyond reasonable. We had relatives from California with us and while they liked the place and the wine was good it was lacking the structure of the $50 bottles of wine that you can buy in the wineries in California.The wine was good but not so good I would buy a $50 bottle to take home. However there were a lot of people there so I suppose people are ok with it. I wish you’d make your prices is more reasonable to the caliber of the wine
  • The facility is nice, pretty views of Pilot Mountain. The meal in the restaurant was good. Portions of appetizers was small. I'm only into non-dry wines and asked about reduced price for smaller tasting. They said no. Àn employee did mix 2 wines together to make a nice blend in a glass for me which was nice of her. Update: 01/22/22 Recently moved back to the area and found out tastings now $20 for regular and $40 for reserves. I'll probably return for music events in the summer.

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