Weekend Adventures: Duplin Winery


Duplin Winery is North Carolina’s oldest and largest operating winery located in Rosehill, NC. They are famous for their wonderfully sweet muscadine wines but sell a plethora of products. Such as jam, spreads, fudge, chocolate, etc. In 2016, they produced and sold about 1,069,896 gallons of wine ?

Pulling up the Duplin Winery’s front shop, I loved the look of the rustic farmhouse-esque setting! How cute, right? The twinkling lights and numerous plants made the store feel quaint and welcoming. But when you open the doors, you’re met with the hustle and bustle of TONS of people. Everybody wants to get a taste of Duplin! And I don’t blame them. (You should too.)

Inside, they sell about anything and everything. There were wine glasses, clothes, jewelry, home decor, post cards, picture frames and more! I somehow managed to leave with ONLY 3 glasses. Oh and of course, you can pick up a case (or five) of your favorite wine. Trust me, they have something for everyone.

We also took a tour of their production facility, however I am unable to show behind-the-scenes pictures. I got to learn more about how their wine is made, stored, and corked. It was amazing to see the tanks up close and personal! One thing I really love about Duplin is that they don’t let any part of their grapes go to waste! They recently started NutraGrape lotions, vitamins, and tea with their excess ingredients. 

They also believe in a day of rest on Sunday following their religious beliefs. Which I think is simply reputable.

After the tour was the best part: wine tasting! The tasting room was beautifully decorated with vines and lights hung from the ceiling. While taking my seat, I was equipped with a wine glass, list of wines, crackers, and Duplin’s habanero dip. Since the wine is so sweet, they want you to be able to cleanse your palette between glasses for the best experience. I ended up just munching the whole time. Classy…

My favorite wines I tasted were Hatteras Red, Sangria Red and Carlos. (Can you tell I’m a red kind-of gal?) One thing you should know about Duplin’s wines is that they like their wines sweet! I was also pleased that Duplin was pretty generous with their pouring.

Duplin Winery and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans teamed up to produce a new wine, Pelican Red. Pelican Red is a medium sweet red wine that finishes with a burst of fruit. The wine was made “to celebrate their partnership with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and their dedication to the community.” My favorite part about this partnership is their Pelican Red Rush Sweeter, making the most delicious frozen alcoholic slush.

Duplin Winery is owned and operated by the Fussell brothers. I actually got to sit down with Johnathon Fussell and talk more about his place in the wine world. John and his brother, David, took over the family business in the early 2000’s. However, Duplin has been their whole lives —Wine practically runs through their veins!

I think it’s really special that both brothers are very involved in the day-to-day operations of Duplin Winery. The brothers make it a point to stop by their locations and get to know their customers. It’s easy to see that they love what they do and thus, that reflects their work. Their part in the winery creates a sense of family and commitment for winery guests.

By the time we got to lunch, I was slowly fading. Yet, I was still all smiles! There weren’t many gluten free options for me (which I was expecting) so I ordered a Ceaser salad. It’s pretty much impossible to mess up a Ceaser salad so I wasn’t surprised that it was good. For non-GF friends, they had a great range of food! Their sandwiches, pastas, and appetizers looked scrumdiddlyumptious. They also suggested the best wine pairing for your food with every order. 

I happily sipped (gulped) some Duplin Red Sangria with my lunch. I was especially happy that the menu wasn’t as expensive as a cheap 22-year-old thought it would be ?

A few blocks away from the winery is Duplin’s wedding chapel. It provides rustic charm, enchantment, and the perfect place to host a wedding. Plus it’s located right at the actual Duplin vineyards. You can tie the knot right where the grapes are grown! It doesn’t get more magical than that. 

Of course we had to stop and get some glamour shots by the trees ? I’m all about rompers this Summer! They are so easy and trendy! The one I wore on my visit is no longer available, but this tie-front romper in navy from Target comes close. My visit to Duplin Winery was a wonderful treat! Their sweet wine is delicious, employees are friendly, and location… beautiful. 

Are you more of a red or white wine-o?

Have you ever been to Duplin Winery?


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  1. Michaela

    This looks like such a fun day! My boyfriend and I loved the few wine tastings we have done at local vineyards.


    17 . Jul . 2017
  2. Rachel Ritlop

    looks like you had so much fun! I’ve never been to it and I don’t drink so I can’t answer either of your questions lol

    17 . Jul . 2017
  3. Carrie

    What a cute place! Looks like you guys had a great time!

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    17 . Jul . 2017
  4. Tori

    That’s a lot of wine!!! I stick to red wines 🙂


    17 . Jul . 2017
  5. Hannah @ AndThenWeTried

    I love a good wine tasting! Truly impressed you got out of there only buying three glasses, I feel like I would have wanted to bring home the whole store!

    17 . Jul . 2017
  6. Jenny

    This winery is too cute! I am obsessed with going to wineries and trying all kinds of different wine.

    17 . Jul . 2017
  7. the sophia diaries

    Ohhh, been dying to visit a winery! Too bad the people around me don’t like wine xD but that looked like such a fun adventure!!

    18 . Jul . 2017
  8. kait

    I’ve never been here… but, I am a red wine girl! Well, I do not really drink. But, that is what I prefer. Love the ceiling decor at this vineyard!

    18 . Jul . 2017
  9. Lacey @wearetheglittergospel

    This is such a cute little place! Love little weekend adventures!



    18 . Jul . 2017
  10. Kim Airhart

    I have never been to a winery. Your pictures are beautiful and it looks like you had an awesome time. Thanks for sharing.

    18 . Jul . 2017
  11. Jess Downey

    This place looks so lovely!

    18 . Jul . 2017
  12. Beth

    This winery looks lovely! I love going to wineries, I like both white and red wine. We usually make a day of it when we go visit one. And now I want to go right now!

    18 . Jul . 2017
  13. Katy

    I love exploring wineries and breweries. They are always so fun to taste-test and learn about. This looks like you had a great day. – Katy

    18 . Jul . 2017
  14. Kimberly

    Red wine is my jam. I’ve only ever once visited a winery in my area and I could have unrolled a sleeping bag and lived there forever. It smelled so lovely. It houses my favourite red.
    Looks like you all had a wonderful time and can I say that your outfit is absolutely adorable!

    18 . Jul . 2017
  15. Katherine

    Okay this wine looks AMAZING! I’ve actually never been to a winery but we are going to one in Italy in a few weeks. And this looks gorgeous!

    18 . Jul . 2017
  16. Erica @ Coming up Roses

    This looks like the cutest winery and so much fun!! I want to go!

    18 . Jul . 2017
  17. Akaleistar

    What a lovely winery! Looks like it was a great time 🙂

    18 . Jul . 2017
  18. Kay

    That winery looks so lovely. 🙂

    18 . Jul . 2017
  19. Joanie @ One Dish Kitchen

    I love finding new wineries! Pinning this for later if I’m ever in Dublin.

    18 . Jul . 2017
  20. Ashley

    I live in Raleigh and this is on my list of places to visit! Looks lovely!!

    18 . Jul . 2017
  21. Tiffani

    Oh I am TOTALLY a red girl! My fiancé and I went to Napa last year, and I was literally in HEAVEN! This winery looks so cute, and their t-shirt selection is fabulous!

    18 . Jul . 2017
  22. Caitlin | Beauty & Colour

    Homemade jams? Yum!!

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    19 . Jul . 2017
  23. Kori Evans

    I LOVE all of your images! This place looks absolutely gorgeous! If my husband and I are ever in the area, WE ARE GOING!!

    19 . Jul . 2017
  24. Mandy

    What a fun trip! I love visiting local wineries and this one looks perfect!

    19 . Jul . 2017
  25. Shybiker

    What a great post! Wineries are fun to visit, especially good ones like this. We have a few on the North Fork of Long Island (NY). Your romper is really cute and the perfect thing for this occasion.

    19 . Jul . 2017
  26. Mistle

    I need to add this to my list of places to visit! I’ve been to a few vineries when visiting San Francisco and I loved it. I am more of a white wine gal but I do love a good red as well. Great review!

    19 . Jul . 2017
  27. Silvia

    This looks so fun! I need to visit more wineries!

    19 . Jul . 2017
  28. Kallie @ But First, Coffee

    This looks like such a nice time! I loveee spending a day at the vineyard.

    19 . Jul . 2017
  29. Rachel Li

    This winery looks so much fun! Love your outfit too!

    19 . Jul . 2017
  30. Jessica bradshaw

    I love wineries and wine tasting events. This one looks like it didn’t disappoint. SO FUN!

    19 . Jul . 2017
  31. Glamamom

    Looks like a great spot!

    19 . Jul . 2017
  32. Sydney

    This winery looks like a place where they would remember your name. So warm and friendly with a tough of home.

    21 . Jul . 2017

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