Visitors shouldn't miss the chance to try the sweet muscadine wine South Carolina is famous for, but there are plenty of other options as well, including European-style red and white wines, honey meads, and local fruit wines. The state is home to everything from large destination wineries to small, family-run operations that can only be visited by appointment, so there's truly something for everyone.
1.Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery
© Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery
Unlike many of the other wineries in the area, the Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery specializes in craft meads, ciders, and ales made using traditional Belgian-inspired techniques. The beer is brewed using wild-harvested yeasts, and many of the other ingredients are sourced locally as well, including the grains, the malt, and even the fruits used to flavor the brews. Anyone interested in sampling a few beers or a glass of mead is encouraged to visit the taphouse, which is located in downtown Anderson and often hosts tastings, live music, trivia nights, and other special events.
115 Federal St, Anderson, SC 29625, Phone: 864-401-8167
2.Carolina Vineyards Winery
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Formerly located in the much smaller city of Chester, Carolina Vineyards Winery can now be found in North Myrtle Beach. The winery specializes in making fruit wines with produce grown in South Carolina, and it uses more than twenty different types of fruits to make its beverages. The wines range widely in sweetness; some contain 0% sugar for customers who prefer a drier beverage, while others have as much as 9% sugar to satisfy even the strongest sweet tooth. All wines are available for tasting, and the winery is open every day of the week.
4922 US-17, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582, Phone: 843-361-9181
3.Cartersville Country Winery
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Nestled in the countryside near the city of Florence, Cartersville Country Winery makes all of its wine from muscadine grapes grown right on the property. The wines are South Carolinian through and through, and this is reflected in their names, which are taken from some of the owner's favorite locations in the area. Tastings and tours are available during opening ours and by appointment. Hours of operation vary according to the season, and visitors are encouraged to call in advance to ensure that the winery is going to be open when they want to stop by.
571 Lamar Hwy, Timmonsville, SC 29161, Phone: 843-616-1578
4.Cat's Paw Winery
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Named in honor of the winery's resident cat, Cat's Paw Winery specializes in producing small batches of carefully crafted wines. Both red and white varieties are available, and they range from dry to sweet, ensuring there's something perfect for every palate. The tasting menu changes from month to month, and all wines can also be purchased by the bottle or by the glass. Tastings include a souvenir glass to take home, and the tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday between noon and 8 p.m. The space can also be rented out for private events.
1567 Fayrene Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732, Phone: 803-370-1115
5.Chattooga Belle Farm
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Set on a 198-acre farm at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chattooga Belle Farm is a working farm with its own distillery. The distillery is best known for its spirits, which include moonshine, brandy, and whiskey, but it also produces eight types of wine using fruit grown on the farm. All of the distillery's products can be purchased from the on-site store, which also sells canned foods, gifts, and other retail items. Tours and tastings are offered at the distillery Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and the store is open seven days a week.
454 Damascus Church Rd, Long Creek, SC 29658, Phone: 864-647-9768
6.City Scape Winery
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Owned and operated by a husband and wife team, City Scape Winery offers one-on-one wine-making classes in addition to producing excellent red, white, fruit, and dessert wines. Tastings provide the opportunity to try between ten and twelve wines, and they are held on Thursdays, Fridays, and weekends. For a small fee, guests can upgrade to a premium tasting, which includes a local cheese plate and a souvenir wine glass. Custom picnic baskets are available with at least 24 hours advance notice, and the winery also hosts occasional farm to table dinners, fundraisers, and other special events.
589 Dunklin Bridge Rd, Pelzer, SC 29669, Phone: 864-329-0615
7.Cliffs At Keowee Vineyard
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Sitting on the shores of Lake Keowee, the Cliffs At Keowee Vineyard is a luxury lakeside community dotted with stunning muscadine grape vineyards. The highlight of the community is its 18-hole golf course, which features eight holes overlooking the lake, but the community also offers an equestrian center, an elegant club house with an outdoor pizza kitchen, miles of hiking and equestrian trails, and a full-service marina with a swimming pool. A membership is required to access the community, and all memberships include access to the six other luxury communities at the Cliffs as well.
1849 Cleo Chapman Hwy, Sunset, SC 29685, Phone: 864-868-4700
8.Coastal Carolina Winery
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With locations in both Pawleys Island and Myrtle Beach, Coastal Carolina Winery is the perfect place to get a break from the heat before or after a day at the beach. The winery prides itself on offering an incredibly diverse selection of wines to ensure that there's truly something that everyone will enjoy, and visitors who stop by for a tasting can sample any seven wines they like. Three unique wine slushies are available to try as well, and guests can take home their souvenir wine glass for a small additional fee. Wine accessories and locally-made pottery are offered for sale as well.
1118 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, Phone: 843-443-9463
9.Deep Water Vineyard
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Situated on the sleepy, peaceful Wadmalaw Island, Deep Water Vineyard is a 48-acre vineyard and winery that produces and bottles all its wine on-site. The winery specializes in wine made from muscadine grapes, one of the only grapes native to America, but it also produces wine using grapes sourced from a vineyard in California. Wine tastings and self-guided tours of the vineyard are available Tuesday through Saturday, and live music and food can be found in the vineyard every Saturday afternoon. Visitors are also welcome to attend one of the winery's four annual events, which include an oyster roast and a grape stomp festival.
6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, Phone: 843-559-6867
© Duplin Winery
Established in 1975, Duplin Winery is one of the oldest wineries in the south. The winery's original location is in Rose Hill, North Carolina, but it also has a tasting room in North Myrtle Beach. The wine tasting allows visitors to sample up to ten wines of their choosing, and it comes with a selection of crackers and dips as well as with a souvenir wine glass. The tasting room is open every day of the week except for Sundays, as is the gift shop, which offers a selection of jellies, sauces, and other pantry items in addition to wine.
505 N Sycamore St, Rose Hill, NC 28458, Phone: 800-774-9634
11.Enoree River Vineyards and Winery
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Only half an hour outside of Columbia, Enoree River Vineyards and Winery is an intimate but welcoming winery that produces small batches of seasonal wines. Many of the wines produced here are made from the muscadine grapes that are native to the region, but it also makes other red and white wines as well as refreshing fruit wines. Tastings can be done in the tasting room or outside on the wraparound porch, and guests can purchase their favorite varieties by the glass or by the bottle. Wine slushies are also available during the summer months.
1650 Dusty Rd, Newberry, SC 29108, Phone: 803-276-2855
12.Grapefull Sisters Vineyard
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Located right on the state border between North and South Carolina, Grapefull Sisters Vineyard is only 16 miles away from North Myrtle Beach. The winery produces nine delicious wines, including dry and sweet red and white wines as well as a unique alcohol-free wine. Wine tastings are offered Monday through Saturday between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and they include a sampling of the winery's jams and jellies. Wine can be purchased by the glass or by the bottle, and guests can also pre-order a customized picnic basket to enjoy at the vineyard along with their wine.
95 Dot's Drive, Tabor City, NC 28463, Phone: 910-653-2944
© Hyman Vineyards
Planted in 2005, Hyman Vineyards grows three different types of muscadine grapes, which are used to make wine as well as jams, juices, salsas, and sauces. Customers can choose between dry, medium, and sweet wine according to their preference. The business also produces a line of natural health products, which are proudly formulated using the latest laboratory and clinical research. All of the vineyard's products can be purchased from its booth at the Pee Dee State Farmers Market, and some are also carried at other stores in the area. Tours of the vineyard itself can sometimes be arranged by appointment.
2513 West Lucas Street Florence SC 29501, Phone: 843-397-2100
© Island Winery
Hidden away on the beautiful Hilton Head Island, Island Winery makes its artisan wines in very small batches. Red and white wines are produced using high-quality grapes sourced from some of the world's best vineyards, and the winery also makes delicious fruit wines that showcase local South Carolinian fruit. Wine tastings are available for a small fee, which is refunded with the purchase of a bottle of wine. Wine can be purchased by the bottle or by the glass, and anyone who purchases three bottles of wine is eligible to receive a complimentary cheese platter.
12 Cardinal Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, Phone: 843-842-3141
15.La Belle Amie Vineyard
Occupying a 38-acre piece of a former tobacco plantation that has been owned by the same family since the 1800s, La Belle Amie Vineyard is a beautiful vineyard with a tasting room, a gift shop, and plenty of outdoor picnic areas. The winery is open for tastings Tuesday through Friday as well as some Saturdays, and visitors will often find live music being played in the afternoons. There is also often food to purchase; the selection varies, but often includes sandwiches, hot dogs, and cheese trays. Outside beverages are not permitted, but visitors can purchase wine, beer, juice, and coffee on-site.
1120 St Joseph Rd, Little River, SC 29566, Phone: 843-399-9463
16.Lazy Bear Winery
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Specializing in artisan wines made from locally-sourced ingredients, Lazy Bear Winery offers a delightful selection of muscadine wines, honey meads, and fruit wines. Approximately one third of the fruit comes from the winery's own property, and the rest comes from other farms in the area. Visitors who do a wine tasting can try any five wines of their choosing, and wine is offered for sale by the glass and by the bottle. Anyone who wants a more in-depth service can take a personalized tour, which includes tastings of all the wines as well as a tour of the wine-making facilities.
644 Hester Store Rd, Easley, SC 29640, Phone: 864-608-3114
17.Mountain Brook Vineyards
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Found in the Tryon Foothills just over the North Carolina border, Mountain Brook Vineyards is known for its award-winning wines, its warm Southern hospitality, and its stunning panoramic views of the mountains. The winery bottles wines under two different labels: one for wine made with grapes grown in the region, and one for wine made with grapes grown elsewhere. The winery's tasting flight varies from week to week, and tastings can be done either inside the tasting room or outside on the wrap-around porch. Guided tours of the vineyard and the wine-making facilities are offered at noon and at 2 p.m.
731 Phillips Dairy Rd, Tryon, NC 28782, Phone: 828-817-4376
18.Old Rock Quarry Winery
Started as a retirement project by two lifelong friends, the Old Rock Quarry Winery is a welcoming winery that makes all its wine on the premises in small batches. Most of the wines produced here are sweet fruit wines, but there are also several dry red and white wines. The tasting room can accommodate up to sixteen guests, and there is outdoor seating for approximately forty more people. Guests can choose to taste either seven or ten wines, and all wines can be purchased by the glass as well. The winery is open Thursday through Sunday unless the space is booked for a private event.
620 Lawerence Rd, Enoree, SC 29335, Phone: 864-969-9566
© Overmountain Vineyards
Family owned and operated since it was founded in 2010, Overmountain Vineyards is located on a 70-acre farm in the Tryon Foothills of North Carolina, a short drive away from the South Carolina border. Seventeen acres of the farm are dedicated to its vineyards, which grow five types of grapes that are used to produce most of the winery's French-style wine. The tasting room can be found inside a charming cottage, and tastings are offered Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 6 or 7 p.m. Visitors are also welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy with a glass or bottle of wine.
8799, 2012 Sandy Plains Rd, Tryon, NC 28782, Phone: 828-863-0523
20.Proverbs 31 Winery LC
Dedicated to producing unique, high-quality wines, Proverbs 31 Winery LC specializes in artisan wines made from local fruit, herbs, and flowers. The winery makes all its wines in small, limited-release batches; the selection varies widely, but it typically includes unique offerings such as Blueberry Lavender wine or Pinot Grigio Jalapeno wine. Because of its tiny size, the winery can only be visited by appointment, but visitors will always be offered a warm welcome and the chance to sample the wines before they buy. Wines can also be purchased at the Laurens County Farm Market, which is held on Saturdays during the summer.
553 Hillbrook Lane Newberry, SC 29108, Phone: 803-361-4102
21.Silver Coast Winery
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Offering an excellent selection of traditional European-style wines, Silver Coast Winery has two locations: the main winery can be found near Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina, and there is also a tasting room in Southport. Both locations are open seven days a week, and both offer wine tastings as well as eclectic art galleries and gift shops with an excellent selection of wine accessories and souvenirs. Anyone who visits the Ocean Isle Beach location will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the wine making facilities and enjoy a picnic lunch outside on the beautiful property.
6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, Phone: 910-287-2800
22.The Winery Mercer House
One of only a handful of organic, all-natural wineries in the United States, the Winery Mercer House proudly produces all its wines using grapes grown on its own estate. The winery has five distinct vineyards spread out over twelve acres of land; each vineyard has its own unique terroir, which allows the winery to produce wines with a wide range of flavor profiles. Hours of operation vary according to the season, but walk-in tastings are always welcome when the winery is open. The tasting fee is refundable with the purchase of two bottles of wine.
397 Walter Rawl Rd, Lexington, SC 29072, Phone: 803-957-7102
23.Victoria Valley Vineyards
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Sitting on a 47-acre property at the base of Table Rock, Victoria Valley Vineyards can best be described as a little piece of Europe in upstate South Carolina. The building that houses the winery and tasting room was designed in the style of a French chateau, and visitors are welcome to participate in a wine tasting, take a tour, or simply relax on the winery's beautiful terrace with a glass of wine. The winery also has its own small deli-style restaurant; lunch is served until 3 p.m., and small plates and desserts are available during all opening hours.
1360 S Saluda Rd, Cleveland, SC 29635, Phone: 864-878-5307
24.Wandering Bard Meadery
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As you might guess from the name, Wandering Bard Meadery specializes in making mead, also known as honey wine. The meads are all made from locally-sourced wildflower honey, and they're flavored with fruits, berries, teas, and spices. There are no regular retail hours, but the meadery hosts a special open house on the first Saturday of every month, which offers the opportunity to tour the mead-making facilities and purchase mead by the glass or by the bottle. Private group tastings can also be arranged by appointment, and anyone who doesn't have the opportunity to visit the meadery in person can purchase mead online.
109-B Miller Rd, Mauldin, SC 29662, Phone: 864-729-3025
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Opened in 2018, Wellborn Winery is a small-scale winery that produces wine in the traditional Italian fashion. The winery has its own vineyard, which grows grapes native to America as well as European and hybrid varieties, and most of its wines are unique blends of these different grape types. Some of the wines also incorporate fruits and berries sourced from local farms. The tasting room is open Fridays and Saturdays between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Private tastings can be arranged by appointment, and dogs are always welcome.
254 Mush Creek Rd, Travelers Rest, SC 29690, Phone: 407-808-4711
25 Best South Carolina Wineries
- Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery, Photo: Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery
- Carolina Vineyards Winery, Photo: Deyan Georgiev/stock.adobe.com
- Cartersville Country Winery, Photo: Cartersville Country Winery
- Cat's Paw Winery, Photo: Cat's Paw Winery
- Chattooga Belle Farm, Photo: Chattooga Belle Farm
- City Scape Winery, Photo: City Scape Winery
- Cliffs At Keowee Vineyard, Photo: Cliffs At Keowee Vineyard
- Coastal Carolina Winery, Photo: Coastal Carolina Winery
- Deep Water Vineyard, Photo: Deep Water Vineyard
- Duplin Winery, Photo: Duplin Winery
- Enoree River Vineyards and Winery, Photo: Enoree River Vineyards and Winery
- Grapefull Sisters Vineyard, Photo: Grapefull Sisters Vineyard
- Hyman Vineyards, Photo: Hyman Vineyards
- Island Winery, Photo: Island Winery
- La Belle Amie Vineyard, Photo: Kristen/stock.adobe.com
- Lazy Bear Winery, Photo: Lazy Bear Winery
- Mountain Brook Vineyards, Photo: Minerva Studio/stock.adobe.com
- Old Rock Quarry Winery, Photo: zonch/stock.adobe.com
- Overmountain Vineyards, Photo: Overmountain Vineyards
- Proverbs 31 Winery LC, Photo: anaumenko/stock.adobe.com
- Silver Coast Winery, Photo: Silver Coast Winery
- The Winery Mercer House, Photo: hanaphoto14/stock.adobe.com
- Victoria Valley Vineyards, Photo: Victoria Valley Vineyards
- Wandering Bard Meadery, Photo: Wandering Bard Meadery
- Wellborn Winery, Photo: W PRODUCTION/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: arinahabich/stock.adobe.com