JOLO Winery & Vineyards, Pilot Mountain

#6 of 101 in Wineries in North Carolina
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 travel a lot and drink a lot of wine. Jolo is our favorite in the US and one of our top 5 in the world, including France, Italy and South Africa. Wonderful wines a beautiful setting and the owner a...  more »
  • JOLO is a beautiful winery with an awesome outdoor patio and pavilion perfect for weddings and other special events. The staff is friendly and the winery was very busy when we visited. The tasting are...  more »
  • What a wonderful place! JW was so friendly and knowledgeable. The wines are uniquely high quality not just for North Carolina wine but for all wine. The Pilot Fog was a group favorite. I loved watching food being prepared right in front of us. Gave me a lot to look forward to at lunch. We had the bacon deviled eggs, pork tacos and carrot cake bites! It was all sumptuous. Day was made perfect by enjoying our lunch outside on a beautiful spring day with that amazing view! An absolute must for a North Carolina wine trip
  • Gorgeous location with incredible views! My friends and I visit a new vineyard annually and Jolo was this year's location. When we arrived it was VERY busy, we were seated 20 after our reservation time of 2pm and were told that we had to be up by 3 because they had another event in that same room. We, a group of 9, were a little upset because we weren't told this over the phone or we would have planned to go somewhere else. We were later told that we could continue sitting until 4. The food was great, the wine was delicious too! Tried their sangria, it was perfect! I'm giving them a 4 because even though we felt rushed at the beginning, everyone was accommodating. We were able to use another room for a game that the group had planned. I would suggest that since they are too crowded and don't offer a lot of sitting room in their lobby, that they make an investment in outdoor heaters. There is so much to admire outside but nobody wants to be cold. Adding heaters would add comfort to the views during the winter! Because we had to request several rooms to be comfortable after we had to leave the dining area, I'm giving them a 4.

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