PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. - JoLo Winery and Vineyards is set to be one of the newest wineries in the Yadkin Valley.
"We thought the infrastructure was great here in Surry County, with the community college, all the wineries, the wine trail and the dedication N.C. has to this industry," said owner JW Ray of just some of the many reasons he and his wife chose the Yadkin Valley.
The couple left the corporate world a few years ago to turn a love for wine into a winery.
“[The Yadkin Valley] reminded both of us of Burgundy, France -- very rural, rustic, elegant and the farms," said Ray.
The winery, named for the couple’s two teenage children, Joey and Logan, is set to open April 5. Already they have several events planned including several weddings and opening night includes 400 confirmed guests.
In addition to wine, the couple will be serving fine dining with chefs from the Napa Valley at their in-house restaurant End Post.
"I think it's going to be one of the best dining establishments in the state," said Ray. "That's what we are going for."
The vineyard is producing hybrid varieties, which grow best in the region, and wine tastings will welcome everyone as they enter the tasting lodge.
"We are making great wine in North Carolina," said Ray. "I think it's only going to get better."