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 formal dining restaurant hopes to quickly become one of the finest restaurants in North Carolina. With seating for only 24 guests, Chef Brian Brown and his staff offers a memorable boutique-style experience like no other.

Business Info
  • 219 JOLO Winery Lane Pilot Mountain, NC 27041 United States
Winey Features
Varietals & regions
Winemaker & Owners
  • Winemaker :
    JW Ray
  • Owners :
    Kristen Ray, Jw Ray
  • Established Date :
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