Travel Insight: It’s not just Tea that’s Sweet in the South

August 13, 2013 Leigh Powell Hines

Wine on the beach

When you think of wine, you automatically think Napa, not Carolina! But the Muscadine grape thrives in hot, sandy soil and humid conditions off the coast of the Carolinas. And just like California, the Carolinas are great for the trendy combination travel of combining beach vacation with a little wine sipping.

Twisted Sisters Wine in SC

When I was in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, this summer, I stopped in La Belle Amie Vineyard, located on a curvy, back-country road parallel to the Carolina coast known at the Grand Strand. The vineyard is part of a former tobacco plantation that has been owned by the Bellamy family since the 1800s. La Belle Amie, meaning “the beautiful friend,” is the European origin of the family name.

Winery in Little River, SC

Today, the winery hosts tastings, private parties, and live music festivals. Due to several hurricanes, grapes for wine production are no longer grown on property. Most of the Muscadine varieties are grown in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, which is about an hour inland from the winery. All La Belle Amie wine is bottled under the Twisted Sisters label.

La Belle Amie Winery in SC

The Muscadine grape provides a fruity, sweet finish to wine. It’s no secret that Southerners like their tea sweet, so why not wine, too. And honey, this is some sweet wine, but if you like dessert, then there is no question, you’ll like this wine.

Twisted Sisters has an “At the Beach” wine collection. Bikini Blush tastes like sangria. Cabana Boy is the life of the party with a burst of peach flavor, and Sunburn Red is a blend of Muscadine grapes, which I’m now calling the “youthful wine” since the Muscadine is one of nature’s richest source of antioxidants.

Topsail Beach, NC

I liked the Sunburn Red wine and purchased a bottle to use on another beach vacation. I took the wine to Topsail Beach, North Carolina, last week. If you followed me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I had several days of sippin’.

La Belle Amie Vineyard is located at 1120 St. Joseph Road in Little River, S.C. Wine tastings are $5 per person for a choice of six wines to taste. The tasting room is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

My tasting was complimentary, but I purchased my own bottle to take to the beach. Opinions are my own.

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Leigh Powell Hines

Leigh Powell Hines, a former TV Journalist/Communications Executive, combined motherhood and her journalism experience and started The Hines-Sight Blog to inspire parents to pack their bags for family travels in and around North Carolina, where she resides. Leigh knows the best in family travel, but as a parent in her mid-forties, she seeks out restaurants and hotels that adults can enjoy, too. Luxury hotels are Leigh’s passion, and she is ready to travel the world, one luxury hotel at a time. Connect with Leigh on Twitter @Hinessightblog, Facebook and check out Hines-Sight Blog on Pinterest.

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