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Sweet Carolina Wineries

Forget Napa and Sonoma; there are plenty of top-notch wineries right here in the Carolinas. You can find all of your favorite varietals locally, from muscadine to Merlot. May 25th is National Wine Day, so why not celebrate with a trip to one of these wineries, located just a short drive from home. 

 

Located in Cleveland, South Carolina, the Victoria Valley Winery is styled after a French chateau, complete with tasting room, gift shop, and deli. Their Vinifera wines evoke a European feel sure to please any wine drinker from novice to connoisseur. Victoria Valley offers group tours, a terrace open daily for lunch, and special events throughout the year. 

 

Cat's Paw Winery in Rock Hill, South Carolina, prides itself on wine made in the real small-batch craftsman style. They offer 11 types of white and red and are the newest winery in South Carolina. The Cat's Paw Winery has wine tastings each month showcasing their unique varietals. 

 

Head to the resort destination of Hilton Head Island to visit Island Winery, where they make wine from grapes grown all over the world. Island Winery selects only the best grapes to produce their artisanally crafted wine. From upstate South Carolina to the Curico Valley in Chile, you will find a vine to please your palate. 

 

The Duplin Winery's story started in the 1970s, when the Fussell Family decided to grow muscadine grapes to sell to out-of-state wineries. After a few tumultuous decades, the Duplin Winery has finally come into its own, becoming the largest winery in the South. With two locations, one in Rose Hill, North Carolina and a new tasting bar in North Myrtle Beach, the Duplin Winery offers all of the wines you would expect from a West Coast vineyard. 

 

Eagle Fork Vineyards is located in Hayesville, North Carolina in the Great Smoky Mountains, making it the ideal place to raise grapes. Enjoy delicious handcrafted wine on their outdoor pavilion with breathtaking mountain views. Eagle Fork offers something for everyone, from crisp whites to classic reds and even blush varieties. 

 

Don't let the name fool you. The Noni Bacca Winery is not European; it's just down the road in Wilmington, North Carolina. Noni Bacca Winery opened in 2007 and has quickly become one of Eastern North Carolina's favorite wineries. With 136 international medals, you will not be disappointed in their premium wines. 

 

Located in Lexington, North Carolina which is conveniently close to Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Greensboro, the Weathervane Winery prides itself on producing award-winning wines without the attitude. Weathervane Winery's passion for delicious wine is evident from their knowledgeable and personable staff. They want you to have fun and feel comfortable exploring the tastes of their red, white, and sweet wines. 

 

Daveste' Vineyards is located in Troutman, North Carolina, right outside of Charlotte. In 2003, owners Dave and Ester DeFehr dreamed of planting a vineyard and bringing the first winery to Iredell County. Today, Daveste' offers wine tastings in a gorgeous outdoor setting, serene walking trails, and live music on the weekends.

 

Head to Irongate Vineyards in Mebane, North Carolina for a day of wine tasting, picnicking, and shopping. Sample their award winning wines while enjoying the beautiful rustic farm scenery. Visit on the weekends to enjoy live music, crafts, and seated wine tastings. 

Visit your local AAA travel agent to help make your winery tour easy with countless discounts, reservations, and TripTiks, AAA's exclusive travel planner. AAA members receive discounts at thousands of hotels, so book a stay near the vineyard and you won't have far to travel. If you have had a few drinks, stay safe and get home with Uber. Just tap a button and Uber will be there in minutes. AAA members receive a free first ride!  Before any trip, make sure your membership is up to date. You can easily manage your AAA membership online or call 1-866-593-8626 while on the road.

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