JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mountain

#2 of 107 in Wineries in North Carolina
Must see · Winery / Vineyard · Food & Drink
Life's too short! Drink JOLO because YOLO!!

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, 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.

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  • We are new wine club members and attended our first pickup party with 2 of our friends. We all had a wonderful time; great food and wine, lots of laughs and we met some new people. We also learned.....  more »
  • As a wine club member, we always look forward to our quarterly pickup parties. JW Ray makes this experience fun and educational. Hearing him describe his wine making process and what he puts into his....  more »
  • Best vineyard by far to go to for a relaxing and fun time with friends and family! Great atmosphere and beautiful venue. There is a nice selection of wines that will appeal to all people. The food choices were amazing and it was nice to see the chefs preparing food as we did our wine tasting. This was a last minute stop for us that we just came across on our way through and we were not disappointed. We were given the best experience and treated extremely well. We will definitely be coming back.
  • A visit to Jolo Vineyards came highly recommended by friends. What they omitted to mention was that reservations were a must. My husband and I drove from Winston-Salem, all excited . Upon entering the restaurant we were met with blank looks when we said we did not have reservations. We were given the choice of eating. standing out in the sun without a shade or seated in a tiny little closet like space they call the library! We chose the latter. This is what happened. Our table was full of glasses, etc and when we ordered our wine and food the waitress did not bother clearing out the table. When, passing the menu to my husband, I accidentally hit my full wine glass and the next we knew was there were shards of glass and wine spilled all over the place. My fault of course. Our busy waitress took her time cleaning up the mess. I understand it was a busy hour. I fretted about finishing off my lunch fearing there could be glass in it Nor did I wish to consume the water for similar reasons. I was certainly hungry but in a day of customer service what surprised me was that Our waitress did not bother to ask if we needed to order any more food or wine seeing that I had yet to eat or drink. Jolo is beautiful but please focus on your customer service! We paid our bill and left feeling disappointed. Thank you

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