The largest winery in the South, Duplin Winery of Rose Hill, has begun construction on the family owned winery’s first location outside North Carolina in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
At 15,000 square feet, the location will be able to comfortably accommodate more than 200 guests for guided wine tastings at one time, making it the largest wine tasting station on the Grand Strand.
The location will also include more than 5,000 square feet of retail space featuring Duplin wines, as well as specialty drinks, foods and merchandise.
Located adjacent to Barefoot Landing and Alligator Adventure on Highway 17, it is expected to open for business in spring 2015.
An award-winning winery, Duplin is known for its “cool, sweet & easy” sipping wines. Its relaxed and fun-filled wine tasting tours are extremely popular, and more than 100,000 guests tour the Rose Hill winery each year.
Duplin is planning to provide the same comfortable, inviting and casual atmosphere at its North Myrtle Beach location.
“My brother Dave and I have dreamed of opening a location along the Grand Strand since the 1990s,” said Jonathan Fussell, president of Duplin Wine Family and head of the winery’s marketing division. “We’re excited about bringing the laid-back North Carolina wine country experience to the beach. In the wine country of North Carolina, we’re serious about our wines but relaxed about life, and so our wine tours are just a little different than others that people might have experienced. Our focus is on fun and we try our very best to show our guests a good time. We expect our Grand Strand tasting station to become a gathering place for current Duplin customers visiting the area, and an inviting spot for folks who want to experience our wines for the first time.”
Daily guided tasting tours at the tasting station in North Myrtle Beach will offer guests the opportunity to sample a wide variety of Duplin wines as they are entertained with fun facts about muscadine grapes, Carolina winemaking and the Duplin brand.
Corking demonstrations will be accompanied by a presentation about the early days of the winery when Duplin first sold its wines in mason jars before moving to more traditional wine bottles.
Now a Duplin tradition, the signature mason jar remains a popular item among Duplin wine fans and selected varieties of wine are offered in them.
“We’re really creating a new North Myrtle Beach attraction,” says Fussell. “It’s a place where folks can relax, listen to some music, and learn a little more about wine. We expect to host groups, parties and families. Adults will enjoy it, and kids will too. In addition to our wines, we’ll be serving our patented Sweetzer frozen drinks which can be made in non-alcoholic versions. We think families will find this a unique attraction that everyone can enjoy.”
Duplin Winery is the largest wine production facility on the East Coast. Both Dave Fussell, Jr., who serves as president and CEO of Duplin Winery, and Jonathan Fussell are extremely involved in the day-to-day operation of the winery, leading tours and tastings, and having a hand in the winemaking process.
“We believe in being hands-on at Duplin,” says Jonathan Fussell. “We’re proud to share our sense of family and commitment to excellence with the guests we have, and we’re looking forward to making a lot of new friends at our new North Myrtle Beach tasting station.”
For more information about Duplin Winery and its North Myrtle Beach location, go online to www.duplinwinery.com.