Our Story

When Joe and Joyce Neely started their winery in Mocksville, NC in 1999, they named it RayLen after their two daughters—Rachel and Helen.

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A Leader in NC Winemaking

We’re located in the internationally-recognized, federally-approved Yadkin Valley American Viticulture Area (AVA), of North Carolina’s Piedmont region. This means that the Yadkin Valley is an exceptional region for growing European wine grapes. RayLen Vineyards is a charter member of the AVA, joining in the early 2000s when there were only four other wineries in the area. Many other NC wineries are now a part of the AVA, but RayLen Vineyards remains a leading pioneer of the Yadkin Valley with over 35,000 vines on our property today.

About RayLen Vineyards

Crafting exceptional wine in NC since 1999.

In the 1990s, Joe and Joyce Neely were visiting friends in Napa Valley and were inspired by the local winemaking industry. Supported by friends who had started their own wineries in North Carolina nearby, the Neelys decided to join the nascent efforts sweeping North Carolina. While searching for the right combination of farmland and interstate access, they were delighted to find a large tract for sale in Yadkin Valley. They planted the vineyard’s first vines in 1999.

Today, the rolling hills and winding drive romance guests as they drive through 35,000 European varietal grape vines. The tasting room is frequented by new travelers and local friends alike, and loyal customers stop by on a regular basis to enjoy the breathtaking views, serene atmosphere, and of course, winemaker Steve Shepard’s award-winning wines.

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Our tasting room is open 7 days a week—no need to book ahead! We’re located in Mocksville, NC just off Highway 158.

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Buy our wines online and have them shipped all over the US. Join our Case Club for extra discounts and perks!

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Share your special day with us by booking your own private event. We host weddings, corporate events, and more.