Thursday, November 2, 2017

South Carolina Winery Reference

As native South Carolinian's, we set out here to provide a reference for each operating destination vineyard and winery in the state. Our research has uncovered 16 operating wineries, 2 soon to open, and 2 cideries. South Carolina offers a challenge to grow the more common European grape varieties, yet many offerings of sweet muscadine and some excellent fruit wines are produced. We encourage as you travel into and through South Carolina, stop and enjoy some of the excellent wines and destination wineries in our state. 

First we'll take a look at the operating wineries with onsite vineyards.

1.  CityScape Winery - Pelzer   (Greenville County)
A small rural boutique winery south of Greenville, operating since 2007 ish. The current owners bought the winery just two years ago. Growing Carlos, Noble, Spanish Black, and Blanc du Bois on site. Josh and Deb, owners and winemakers, also import grapes from the Finger Lakes region. The wineries mascot, is the adorable Pinot the Pig. You can often find him tethered outside the tasting room sporting his super hero costume.

Location: 589 Dunklin Bridge Rd.

Recommendation: Müller Two-Goats  (Müller-Thurgau)


Mountain vineyard and winery styled after a French chateau, offering a bistro with gorgeous views of the mountains overlooking their vineyard. Growing several varieties of vinifera wines, which can be enjoyed with lunch from their gorgeous terrace. 

Location: 1360 S. Saluda Rd.
Recommendation: Sangria

3. Enoree River Vineyards and Winery - Newberry

Open 11 plus years now and still going strong, vineyard and winery sit just off Interstate 26 about 30 miles Northwest of Columbia. Growing Carlos and Noble, plus Herbemont and Lenoir on site, offers several handcrafted blends and fruit wines along 
with several seasonal wines available. The winery offers a spacious tasting room and beautiful porch overlooking the vineyards, perfect for relaxing with a bottle of good wine.

Location: 1650 Dusty Rd.
Recommendation: Elderberry

4. Mercer House Estate Winery - Lexington

The Winery at Mercer House is a rural estate winery. Many muscadine and blends are offered, along with a few very unique wines. Perhaps Mercer House most unique offering is the Bloody Mary wine.  

Location: 397 Walter Rawl Rd.
Recommendation: Sagaree

Working vineyard and winery serving the Grand Strand area. The vineyard is popular among the millions of visitors each year to the Myrtle Beach and surrounding Grand Strand area.  Home to the Twisted Sisters wine brand.

Location: 1120 St. Joseph Rd.
Recommendation:  Cabana Boy "Just Peachy"

Charleston area's only Vineyard and Winery, originally Irvin - House Vineyard. Nestled among the live oaks just outside of Charleston. Fryfly distillery is right next door. 

Location: 6775 Bears Bluff Rd.
Recommendation:  Magnolia

Not a destination winery, a working vineyard which doesn't support a tasting room. Their wines are sold at local farmers markets. 

Location: Pee Dee Farmers Market, Florence
Recommendation: Southern Sunrise

The wineries listed below are operating without support of their own vineyard. Many are using locally sourced fruit and each is unique in it's own way while providing a destination to relax and enjoy some good wine. 

Small craft winery nestled on farm land just Southeast of Charlotte. 

Location: 1567 Fayrene Rd., Rock Hill
Recommendation: Strawberry Sensation

Small rural craft Winery in Spartanburg county located just off Interstate 26. Offering a diverse selection of sweet fruit wines. 

Location: 629 Old Rock Quarry Rd., Enoree
Recommendation: Snap Apple Sassy

The following three are urban wineries in the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand area.
All three are in high tourist shopping venues.

Location: Barefoot Landing, N. Myrtle 
Recommendation: Bare-Foot Blush

Location: Boardway at the Beach
Recommendation: Wine Slushie

Location: Broadway at the Beach
Recommendation: Wine Slushie

One urban winery can be found on Hilton Head Island. 

Location: 12A Cardinal Rd. 
Recommendation: Peach on the Beach

Plus one craft winery just off I-26. 

Not a destination winery, open only by appointment offers hand crafted wines for tasting and purchase. 

15. Bowman Vineyards - Round O

A family owned vineyard growing several muscadine varieties. 

Location: 17144 Augusta Hwy.                    (Outside of Walterboro)

Recommendation: Palmetto Blush

16. Abiding Vine Vineyard - Lauren’s 

This winery just opened but had been in planning for almost 10 years. 

Two planned wineries are awaiting state licensing.

17. Wellborn Winery

18. Hoptown Winrry

It is our understanding that Palmetto Pickup Wines in Cowpens is currently in the process of closing up for good and therefore we are not including in this reference. Wines possibly remain available for purchase at the location just off I-85. 

Duplin Winery operates a tasting room in Myrtle Beach however this is a North Carolina based Vineyard and Winery. 

Mira Winery Napa Valley   operates a tasting room in the historic district of Charleston on King St. allowing for the tasting of thier Napa Valley produced wines. 

South Carolina also had two operating cideries.  

Windy Hill Apple Orchard and Cidery
in York is alway busy during the fall Apple harvest season.  

Ships Wheel Hard Cider operates in the historic district of Charleston on King St. 

Whichever portion of beautiful South Carolina you find yourself, one of our state wineries will be near. Check the VinoWine app for details and directions. 

Along I-85

If in the Greenville area, visit CityScape Vineyards in Pelzer. 

Along I-26

Just outside of Spartanburg visit Old Rock Quarry Winery in Enoree. 

In the Columbia area visit The Winery at Mercer House in Lexington and Enoree River Vineyards in Newberry.

In the Charleston area visit Deep Water Vineyards on Wadmalar Island and Ships Wheel Cidery in Charleston.

Along I-77

In the Rock Hill / Charlotte area visit Cats Paw Winery in Rock Hill, SC and Windy Hill Apple Orchard and Cidery in York.

Along I-20

In the Florence area visit Hyman Vineyards at the Pee Dee Farmers Market.

Please view map below for South Carolina Winery Association members. 

Happy Weekend Wining! 

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