Last summer when it was really hot, a colleague suggested that we meet at the Duplin Winery in Rose Hill. Just a few miles off of Interstate 40, and just an hour’s drive from Raleigh, the winery seemed to be a logical destination for a gathering of folks from the eastern part of North Carolina.
True confession: I’m not a big fan of muscadine wine – it’s a little too sweet for me. But I do respect the fact that Duplin is the world’s largest muscadine winery, successfully capitalizing on the muscadine as North Carolina’s native vine.
Turns out the winery is a pretty neat tourism destination. We met and ate lunch in the bistro, which has good menu selections, including a variety of salads, sandwiches and a really big flounder platter. Pair that with a glass of your favorite NC muscadine wine.
And while the South’s largest winery in Rose Hill is still a major tourist destination, the winery has expanded its reach this summer to a new 15,000-square-foot “wine tasting station” south of the border in North Myrtle Beach, SC. The new location includes tasting room for up to 200 guests, more than 5,000 square feet of retail space for Duplin wines, specialty drinks, foods and more. You can read more from PR NewsWire.
Back in Rose Hill, there is also a tasting room and gift shop with lots more stuff than just wine. And there is one thing I’ve bought for years from Duplin Winery — NutraGrape Muscadine Seed Supplement. One important nutritional fact about muscadines is they are off-the-charts high in resveratrol and other antioxidants. Really helps with joint pain.
The winery is also popular for events – in winter, sold-out dinner theaters of the Down Home Country Christmas Show and a breakfast with Santa (who doesn’t drink wine at all, in case you wondered.) Summer includes lots of music and art events, murder mystery dinners, food and wine pairing dinners and an annual grape stomp in September.
Next time you’re heading down I-40, take the short detour to Duplin Winery in Rose Hill to taste, eat, shop and even tour. Or, make an afternoon of it when you get to North Myrtle Beach. It’s certainly one of North Carolina’s – and now South Carolina’s — unique wine experiences!
505 N. Sycamore Street
Rose Hill, NC