Four area establishments are focused on some combination of wine tasting, wine production, wine sales or growing the only grape the coastal region can support (the Muscadine). Some offer education and family-friendly events along the way. Most medical professionals say “drink wine every day.” Who are we to argue?
Silver Coast Winery (pictured above)
6680 Barbeque Road NW, Ocean Isle Beach
The European-styled wine is made by resident winemaker Dana Keeler, who has more than 35 years’ experience throughout the Carolinas, Virginia and in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Hosts wine tastings and special events like book signings. Open daily. You can also visit their tasting room in downtown Southport (105 S. Howe St.).
4650 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach
Based in North Carolina (and now also North Myrtle Beach), three generations of Duplins have turned a small, struggling wine facility into one of the biggest brands in the U.S., selling 450,000 cases annually. Martha Stewart endorses Duplin wines. Taste it for yourself this summer.
6027 Old Bucksville Road, Conway
Primarily growers of the Muscadine grape for their “nuetraceuticals,” (the extracted antioxidants found in the grape), Hyman Vineyards is open to the public, but hours vary. Call before taking the beautiful ride through Conway, past Lundy Crossroads and into the bucolic Horry County countryside.
La Belle Amie Vineyard
1120 Saint Joseph Road, Little River
For nearly 20 years Chuck & Vicki have been making and selling fine wine, throwing lavish outdoor music events for thousands of their closest friends and inviting all to come taste the fruits of their labors in their gift shop. There is a fee on festival days only (tickets $5–$8), otherwise free admission. Open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
PHOTOS BY (2) CHRISTOPHER SHANE AND CHRIS ZACHARY PHOTOGRAPHY