Not known for its vintages, South Carolina is nevertheless one of a growing number of southern states where wine is made at more than a dozen wineries scattered across the state. Most of these wineries are in the upcountry north of Greenville and Spartanburg, but several have opened on or near the coast offering wine tasting, wine tours, and a full range of South Carolina wine.
*Note: During this terrible time of Covid-19, many businesses are closed or offering limited opening hours. Please check with the wineries before you go to make sure they are open and to know what their social distancing policies are.
In the Myrtle Beach area, there are five winery and tasting room locations, plus two more just across the state line in North Carolina. You can visit them all and enjoy wine tasting and wine tours at each.
Wine Tasting in the Country
La Belle Amie Vineyard is located on Highway 90 just two miles west of Little River and is a true Southern Wine Trail experience. With several acres of vines, a tasting room, a backyard music venue, and a historical nature trail, La Belle Amie is a day-long wine destination.
For over 20 years, La Belle Amie has produced 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.
Wineries in North Myrtle Beach
Just a couple of blocks from the ocean you’ll find two of the Carolinas’ oldest wineries at Barefoot Landing. 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 for purchase.
Also located at Barefoot Landing is Duplin Wine Cellars, a popular family-owned North Carolina winery that is the largest in that state. Since 1975, Duplin has produced a variety of award winning Muscadine wines, and people come by the busloads to their winery in Rose Hill, NC. In 2015, the family decided to offer their wines in Myrtle Beach since many of their customers come from there. They opened a 15,000 square foot winery, tasting room, and gift shop that is reminiscent of the North Carolina barn where their winery business began.
Myrtle Beach Wine Tasting
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.
Also at Broadway at the Beach is Coastal Carolina Winery. Capitalizing on their proximity to the beach, Coastal Carolina’s gift shop and tasting room offers a wide variety of beach-themed items as well as a selection of their red, white, and rose’ wines.
So, if you’re planning a Myrtle Beach vacation, be sure to make time for some winery visits and don’t forget to buy a few bottles to take home.
~ Happy Wine Trails!
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