As native South Carolinian’s, we set out here to provide a reference for each operating destination vineyard and winery in the state. Our research has uncovered 18 operating wineries and 2 cideries and 2 Meaderies. Majority of South Carolina offers a challenge to grow the common European vinifera varieties, yet many offerings of muscadine, native, French-American hybrids, and some excellent fruit wines are produced. We encourage as you travel into and through South Carolina, stop and enjoy some of the excellent wines and destination wineries in our state. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. If you’re local, you will find your local winery a great place to spend a relaxing day with family and/or friends.
First we’ll take a look at the operating wineries with vineyards.
1. CityScape Winery – Pelzer (Greenville County)
A small rural boutique winery south of Greenville, operating since 2007 ish. The current owners bought the winery just two years ago. Growing Carlos, Noble, Spanish Black, and Blanc du Bois on site. Josh and Deb, owners and winemakers, also import grapes from the Finger Lakes region. The wineries mascot, is the adorable Pinot the Pig. You can often find him tethered outside the tasting room sporting his super hero costume.
Location: 589 Dunklin Bridge Rd.
Recommendation: Müller Two-Goats (Müller-Thurgau)
2. Victoria Valley Vineyards – Cleveland
Mountain vineyard and winery styled after a French chateau, offering a bistro with gorgeous views of the mountains overlooking their vineyard. Growing several varieties of vinifera wines, which can be enjoyed with lunch from their gorgeous terrace.
Location: 1360 S. Saluda Rd.
3. Enoree River Vineyards and Winery – Newberry
Open 11 years now and still going strong, vineyard and winery sit just off Interstate 26 about 30 miles Northwest of Columbia. Growing Carlos and Noble, plus Herbemont and Lenoir on site, offers several handcrafted blends and fruit wines along with several seasonal wines available. The winery offers a spacious tasting room and beautiful porch overlooking the vineyards, perfect for relaxing with a bottle of good wine.
Location: 1650 Dusty Rd.
Recommendation: BlackBerry or Peach
4. Mercer House Estate Winery – Lexington
The Winery at Mercer House is a rural craft estate winery. Many muscadine and blends are offered, along with a few very unique wines. Try the very unique Blueberry Jalapeño wine.
Location: 397 Walter Rawl Rd.
6. Deep Water Vineyard -Wadmalar Island
Charleston area’s only Vineyard and Winery, originally Irvin – House Vineyard. Nestled among the live oaks just outside of Charleston. Fryfly distillery is right next door.
Location: 6775 Bears Bluff Rd.
Recommendation: High Tide
7. Hyman Vineyards – Florence
Not a destination winery, a working vineyard which doesn’t support a tasting room. Their wines are sold at local farmers markets.
Location: Pee Dee Farmers Market, Florence
Recommendation: Southern Sunrise
8. Lazy Bear Winery – Easley
Craft winery focusing on fruit and berry wines.
9. Cartersville Country Winery – Timmonsville
Working Vineyard currently open only by appointment.
10. La Belle Amie Vineyard and Winery – Little River
A working vineyard and gift shop serving the Grand Strand area. The vineyard is popular among the millions of visitors each year to the Myrtle Beach and surrounding Grand Strand area. Home to the Twisted Sisters wine brand which is produced off site.
Location: 1120 St. Joseph Rd.
Recommendation: Cabana Boy “Just Peachy”
The wineries listed below are operating without support of their own vineyard. Each is unique in it’s own way and provide a destination to relax and enjoy some good wine.
11. Cats Paw Winery – Rock Hill
Small craft winery nestled on farm land just Southeast of Charlotte.
Location: 1567 Fayrene Rd., Rock Hill
Recommendation: Strawberry Sensation
12. Old Rock Quarry Winery -Enoree
Small rural craft Winery in Spartanburg county located just off I26. Offering a diverse selection of sweet fruit wines. Like visiting your neighbors, whom just happen to make good wine.
Location: 629 Old Rock Quarry Rd., Enoree
Recommendation: Snap Apple Sassy
The following three are urban wineries in the Myrtle Beach Grand Strand area. All three are in high tourist shopping venues.
13. Carolina Vineyards Winery – Myrtle Beach
Location: Barefoot Landing, N. Myrtle
Recommendation: Bare-Foot Blush
14. Coastal Carolina Winery – Myrtle Beach
Location: Boardway at the Beach
Recommendation: Wine Slushie
15. Boardwalk Winery – Myrtle Beach
Location: Broadway at the Beach
Recommendation: Wine Slushie
One urban winery can be found on Hilton Head Island.
16. Island Winery – Hilton Head
Location: 12A Cardinal Rd.
Recommendation: Southern Passion
17. Proverbs 31 – Newberry
Not a destination winery, open only by appointment offers hand crafted wines for tasting and purchase.
18. Silver Dew Winery is found on Dafuskie Island near Hilton Head. A very historic and significant winery in South Carolina history.
Duplin Winery operates a tasting room in North Myrtle Beach however this is a North Carolina based Vineyard and Winery.
Mira Winery Napa Valley operates a tasting room in the historic district of Charleston on King St. allowing for the tasting of thier Napa Valley produced wines.
South Carolina also had two operating cideries.
Windy Hill Apple Orchard and Cidery in York is alway busy during the fall Apple harvest season.
Ships Wheel Hard Cider operates in the historic district of Charleston on King St.
Two production Meaderies.
Wandering Bard Meadery in Mauldin host an open house first Saturday of each month.
Bee Town Mead and Cider is located in Bluffton near Hilton Head Island.
If in the Greenville area, visit CityScape Vineyards in Pelzer.
If in the Spartanburg area visit Old Rock Quarry Winery in Enoree.
In the Columbia area visit The Winery at Mercer House in Lexington and Enoree River Vineyards in Newberry.
In the Charleston area visit Deep Water Vineyards on Wadmalar Island and Ships Wheel Cidery in Charleston.
In the Rock Hill / Charlotte area visit Cats Paw Winery in Rock Hill, SC and Windy Hill Apple Orchard and Cidery in York.
In the Florence area visit Hyman Vineyards at the Pee Dee Farmers Market.
As always, use the VinoWine app for details and directions.