Tour the vineyards and wineries of North Carolina’s Southern Coast
Located between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, ten vineyards and wineries offer red wine, white wine, sweet wine, and winemaking kits within minutes of Carolina beaches.
Think wine, think Napa Valley? Think again. The North Carolina wine industry has grown in the past few years to be a major contender in the American wine market. Ranked tenth in the nation in both grape and wine production, North Carolina wines are gaining in popularity.
Currently, there are over 70 North Carolina wineries across the state, most of them family-owned, offering a wide variety of wines ranging from French-style wines to sweet, Muscadine, or Scuppernong wines. Touring wineries have become one of North Carolina’s newest tourist attractions. On the Southern coast, ten wineries, including two just across the state line in South Carolina, create a South Coast wine tour for both wine aficionados and casual travelers.
748 NC Highways 24/50, Warsaw, NC 1-877-830-1602
Owned and operated by Iris Lennon, a native of Scotland, the Scottish-themed Country Squire Winery has a full restaurant, a bed and breakfast inn, and a wine shop that offers wines with names like Rustic Tavern Red (Merlot), Black Knight Cabernet, and Pride of Scotland (Chardonnay). FULL REVIEW
505 N Sycamore Street, Rose Hill, NC 1-800-774-9634
The oldest winery in North Carolina and the largest Muscadine winery in the world, Duplin Winery produces top quality wines from native Muscadine grapes. The winery has a restaurant and a large gift shop and offers winery tours, special events, and 30 different wines. FULL REVIEW
2624 Stag Park Road, Burgaw, NC (910) 259-5474
One of the oldest commercial Muscadine vineyards in the state and highly recognized in the grape growing community, Bannerman Vineyard produces eleven different Muscadine and fruit wines with names like White Oak Sweet, Sweet Bay Blush, and Simply Sweet North Carolina Strawberry Wine. FULL REVIEW
6620-H, Gordon Road, Gordon Station, Wilmington, NC (910) 793-5299
Offering twenty different wines ranging from sweet Muscadine and fruit wines to traditional Chardonnay and Merlot, Lumina Winery also sells beer and winemaking kits. Lumina wines are meant to be consumed early and contain low levels of sulfites, less than 50 ppm. FULL REVIEW
6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, NC (910) 287-2800
Housed in a former barbeque restaurant, Silver Coast Winery has two gift shops, two wine tasting bars, an events hall, an art gallery, an outdoor events park, and a large wine production facility. They produce 15 wines including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Seyval Blanc, and White Merlot. FULL REVIEW
4903 Ramsey Ford Road, Tabor City, NC (910) 653-2944 or (910) 880-0326
Located on a former tobacco farm, Grapefull Sisters Vineyard has a large gift and wine shop and a private guesthouse called Inn d’Vine. They offer ten Muscadine wines with names like Sister’s Folly Carlos, Waccamaw White, and Southern Charm. FULL REVIEW
Lac Belle Amie Winery
195 Vineyard Drive, Elizabethtown, NC (910) 645-6450
Home of “Twisted Sisters” wine, Lac Belle Amie Winery is the sister winery to La Belle Amie Vineyard in South Carolina and offers 21 varieties of wine including Muscadine, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel.
Lu Mil Vineyard
474 Suggs Taylor Road, Dublin NC (910) 866-5819
More than a winery, Lu Mil Vineyard is an agricultural tourism destination offering Muscadine wines, blueberries, blackberries, pond fishing, farm tours, an antique museum, vineyard cabins for rent, and a calendar of events.
La Belle Amie Vineyards
1120 St. Joseph Road (off Highway 90), Little River, SC (843) 399-WINE (9463)
Sister vineyard to Lac Belle Amie Winery in North Carolina, La Belle Amie Vineyard has a large gift and wine shop and an outdoor events area. They offer 21 varieties of wine including Muscadine, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Zinfandel.
4922 Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 1-877-361-9181
Located at Barefoot Landing, Carolina Vineyards has a large tasting room/gift shop and offers 20 different wines including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Blackberry wine, Elderberry wine, Peach wine, and Mango wine.