We love wine at our house and our absolute favorite is made right here in North Carolina from the delicious Muscadine grape. The Husband, Daughter and I recently took a tour of Duplin Winery to see just how our favorite wines are made.
This particular winery is not far from Raleigh. Located in Rose Hill, North Carolina it is about an hour and half from where I live which to me is the perfect day trip adventure. Duplin offers free tours and free wine tasting.Score! The perfect day trip destination.
Duplin’s roots began in the 1970′s when the Muscadine grape was branded as “the wonder crop” and out of state wineries were paying $350 per ton for the North Carolina native grapes. D.J. Fussell, Sr. and his two sons decided to try their hand at grape growing. Within three years of beginning that adventure the price per ton of grapes had fallen to $150.
So what do you do if you have a lot of grapes and no one to take them/ You start creating and marketing your own wine – the birth of Duplin Winery. The tour was very interesting and informative and lasted about 30 minutes.
This North Carolina winery has a tank capacity of over 1.4 million gallons and is the largest winery in the South.They were not bottling any wine that day so the tour guide was able to take us inside the bottling room.
Once the tour was over the shopping began. You absolutely cannot leave without purchasing some treat to take home!
North Carolina has over 100 vineyards/wineries and I was so impressed with this tour and experience that I plan on finding as many close to home as I can. If you are interested in visiting Duplin, click here for directions and hours of operation. What a perfect way to spend a daycation!