Wine tasting at a local winery is a great way to get to know
regional wines. You can even visit a South Carolina winery right here in Myrtle
Not known for its vintages, South Carolina is nonetheless one of a growing number of southern states where vino is made. Virginia has been growing its wine industry for a long time and has over 260 wineries. North Carolina currently has about 180 wineries across the state and neighboring Georgia has twenty. Florida claims to be the first state in the nation to make wine, although they battle with North Carolina over that idea. Today there are about 48 Florida wineries.
South Carolina has about a dozen wineries scattered across
the state. In the Myrtle Beach area, there are four, plus two more just across
the state line in North Carolina, and you can visit them all and enjoy a wine tasting at each.
There is only one vineyard-winery on the South Carolina side
of the state line, La Belle Amie Vineyard, located on Highway 90 just west of
Little River. La Belle Amie produces a variety of wines including estate-grown
Muscadine wines as well as Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon under the
Twisted Sisters label. The winery has an extensive gift shop, and offers vineyard tours, and music events throughout the year.
At Barefoot Landing you’ll find two of the Carolinas’ oldest
wineries. One is Carolina Vineyards Winery whose grapes are grown just outside
Chester, South Carolina. The tasting room has several stainless steel tanks where
the wines are fermented, and the shop offers wines and gifts
The newest winery on the Grand Strand is also
located at Barefoot Landing, Duplin Wine Cellars. This popular family-owned North
Carolina winery, the largest in the state, decided to offer their wines in Myrtle Beach, since many of their customers come from here. Duplin
produces estate-grown Muscadine wines.
Boardwalk Winery is located at Broadway at the Beach and
offers about a dozen different fruit wines. A sister winery to Carolina
Vineyards, Boardwalk Winery features wine, gifts, and a view of the
wine production facility with its stainless steel fermentation tanks.
Seven miles north of Little River on U. S. Highway 17 you’ll
come to Ocean Isle Beach. Turn left onto Highway 904, turn right onto Russtown
Road, then turn right onto Barbecue Road. Here you’ll find Silver Coast Winery.
Housed in a former barbecue restaurant, Silver Coast produces 16 European style
wines including Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. They also make a Touriga
called Cape Fear Blood Wine, calling on the area’s pirate past. Silver Coast offers
winery tours, wine tasting, and special events throughout the year.
About 15 miles west of Silver Coast Winery is Grapefull
Sisters Vineyard. It is also the home of Carrollwoods RV Park and is a
vineyard, a winery, and a campground all in one located on 40 acres. They
produce estate-grown Muscadine wines from an old family recipe and offer
vineyard tours, wine tasting, special events, and a bed and breakfast where you
can stay and enjoy the countryside. Grapefull Sisters Vineyard is on Ramsey Ford Road off Highway 904 about
three miles from the South Carolina state line.
With the popularity of wine across the country, Southern
wines have started making a comeback. Many of the wines are made from native
Muscadine grapes that grow only in the southeastern United States. Some wine makers
choose to offer European style wines made from grapes or juice brought to the
winery, since the humid climate won’t allow Vitis vinifera grapes to grow here.
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