On your next vacation to Charleston, South Carolina, plan a visit to the Irvin House Vineyards on Wadmalaw Island, less than a half-hour from downtown. Many visitors are surprised to learn this tranquil vineyard even exists. Charleston is not especially known for wine production, after all. So let a tour and tasting be a serendipitous addition to your vacation itinerary.
About Irvin House Vineyards
Irvin House Vineyards contains 48 acres of vines, gardens and shelters. Oaks with plush Spanish moss fill the land, along with birds and other wildlife. You can take a tour or just explore walking trails on your own and discover a pond filled with fish. But what really gets visitors excited is the chance to sample and buy bottles of the well-known Muscadine wine.
The sweet and fruity Muscadine grapevines have been around since the 16th century. Irvin House Vineyards grows and harvests the grapes onsite, then produes and bottles the wine and labels the bottles with locally created designs.
To really experience the Irvin House Vineyard, enjoy a tasting. You can sample all of the vineyard’s wines at modestly priced tastings that begin every half-hour. Liquor lovers can also sip other products of the vineyard—rum, as well as lemonade and sweet tea vodkas. The stars of the show, though, are the wines from the vineyard, including five options of Muscadine:
- Magnolia: A light, refreshing, crisp, sweet fruit-flavored white.
- Tara Gold: A semi-dry, mellow white table wine with a light fruitiness.
- Live Oak Reserve: A blend that is a balance of soft subtle light fruit flavors.
- Mullet Hall Red: A dry red table wine with a lively fruity flavor distinctive of the Muscadine.
- Palmetto: A sweet, rich, light-bodied, fruity Muscadine flavor.
Before your visit, consult the website for schedule of special events that may coincide with your visit. Crowds love annual events such as grape stomping, blessing of the vines and cook-offs. You might not have come to Charleston to taste wines.
But after a visit to Irvin House Vineyards, it might be why you come back.