Cartersville Country Winery is off the beaten path well in the country, by all appearances. Though seriously, it’s really just about five miles off Interstate 20 and just about five miles off Interstate 95 in the small town of Timmonsville, Western Florence County, South Carolina. To say we enjoyed our visit with owner Tom and manager Aubrey would be a gross understatement. They are hilarious! Aubrey started our tasting by expressing, “we don’t know what we’re doing!” That’s certainly not true, they know fine well what they’re doing! It shows in how well their wine taste, and in how they treat their customers. Traditional muscadine wines along with several tasty fruit infused wines can be tasted from mini red solo cups! Our favorite was the Honeymoon Delight and the Moonlight Imagination. ￼￼The vineyard features around 19 acres under vine, growing mostly Carlos and Noble muscadine varietals. Cartersville Country Winery does it all, they have all the vineyard and winemaking equipment including two grape harvesters. Last April, the wineries three story wedding and event center was decimated by fire. A few boards remain that still show some charring. Perhaps left as a vivid reminder of the immense devastation. It’s been a slow rebuild though steadily progress has been achieved. An outside wedding event space surrounded by the vineyard is currently in the works. Overnight accommodations on the second floor have been completed and the indoor event area has been refinished. Several full hookups are available for RV overnight stays. The outside patio and screened-in porch feature beautiful vineyard views, plus Tom’ old Model A. The tasting room offers a country charm certainly not out of character. You’ll find an old rotary pay phone plus an antique Coca-Cola ice chest. It’s amazing what this one man’s hobby, has now developed into. Originally the winery was to be named Crescent Moon Vineyards, but copyright issues ensued and led Tom to the name Cartersville Country Winery. Still today a few reminders remain from the early days. Though without doubt Cartersville Country Winery continues to rebuild and press forward. Offering a fun and charming place to stay, celebrate, or just spend a day with friends. Their wines can be found in retailers from Columbia to Myrtle Beach, though nothing compares to the experience of visiting.
Operating hours remain by appointment, so give them a call at 843-616-1578.
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Likewise check out this old article on their site CarlosWine.Com