Entry Registration Period - July 1- September 1, 2012.
Grapes Accepted for Wine:
- Red Grape
o Vinifera: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, etc. and Blends
o Native Bunch: Concord, Ives, etc. and Blends
o Muscadine Type: Nobel, Tarbell, etc. and Blends
o Rose or Blush Grape: Any red grape or red and white grape blends
o Hybrid Grape: Chambourcin, DeChaunac, Baco Noir, Chancellor, Norton, etc. and Blends
- White Grape
o Vinifera: Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurzttraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, etc. and Blends
o Native Brunch: Catawba, Delaware, Niagara, etc. and Blends
o Muscadine Type: Scuppernong, Higgins, Magnolia, Carlos, etc. and Blends
o Hybrid Grape: Seyval, Vidal, Villard, Cayuga, etc. and Blends
- Fruit Wine
o Peach and other Stone Fruits (Plum, Cherry, etc.)
o Apples, Berries, wines made from Honey, and others
- Dessert Wine (Sweet)
o Any Vinifera, Hybrid, or Native Bunch Grape: 100% or in Blends
o Any Muscadine Type Grape: including Blends
o Stone Fruit: Peach, Plum, Cherry, etc. and Blends
o Berry Fruit: Blackberry, Strawberry, Elderberry, etc. and Blends
o Other Fruit: including Honey
Enter YOUR grapes and win the big blue ribbon!
- Grape growing is the largest food industry in the world as there are more than sixty species and 8,000 varieties of grapes.
- It takes about two and a half pounds of grapes to produce a single bottle of wine.
- One acre of grapes can produce an average of about 15,000 glasses of wine.
- The average person eats eight pounds of grapes each year.
- There are seven different grape colors – red, green, white, black, purple, blue and golden.
- In China, wine was mixed with frogs, snakes and other animals to create a cure for illness.
- America’s oldest grapevine is 400 years old and is in North Carolina.
- Grapes are eighty percent water. When they become raisins, the water content is just fifteen percent.
- Muscadine grapes are native to the Southeastern United States.
- The typical muscadine wine is sweet. The wine is often considered a dessert wine although some drier varieties exist.
- The term scuppernong refers to a large bronze type of muscadine. It is used in making wine, principally dry, red table wine.
- Grapes help minimize the risk of heart attacks because they increase the levels of nitric acid in the blood, which prevents blood clots.
Vineyards in South Carolina:
21 Gabriel Place, Nesmith, SC 29580
Winery Tastings and Tours in South Carolina:
Carolina Vineyards Winery - Tastings and Tours
4922 Hwy 17 South, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Enoree River Vineyards - Tastings
1650 Dusty Rd, Newberry, SC 29108
Green Truck Vineyards – Tours
1110 Mayo Rd, Cowpens, SC 29330
Hyman Vineyards – Tastings
2980 Highway 378, Conway, SC 29527
Irvin-House Winery - Tastings and Tours
6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
Island Winery – Tastings
12A Cardinal Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
La Belle Amie Vineyard - Tastings and Tours
1120 St. Joseph Rd, Little River, SC 29566
September Oaks Vineyards – Tastings
893 Grays Hwy, Ridgeland, SC 29936
Valentine Sagefield Vineyards
1185 N. Silverton St, Jackson, SC 29831
Victoria Valley Vineyards - Tastings and Tours
1360 South Saluda Rd, Cleveland, SC 29635 864.878.5307 http://www.victoriavalleyvineyards.com/
Windy Hill Orchard - Tastings and Tours
1860 Black Hwy, York, SC 29745
Wine Festivals in South Carolina:
A Night in the Valley – January 25, 2013
Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC
Charleston Food & Wine Festival – March 2013 (Date TBA)
Downtown Charleston, SC
Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival – March 2013 (Date TBA)
Downtown Hilton Head Island, SC
Central Carolina Food and Wine Festival – April 2013 (Date TBA)
Downtown Columbia, SC
Wine Tasting at Riverbanks Botanical Garden – April 2013 (Date TBA)
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, SC
A Taste of Beaufort – May 2013 (Date TBA)
Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, Historic Downtown Beaufort, SC http://www.downtownbeaufort.com/taste-of-beaufort
Wine Under the Oaks – December 2, 2012
Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, Mt. Pleasant, SC http://boonehallplantation.com/events_wine.php