While the wines are aging away in the barrel room and the vines are dormant, you might think that the winemaker gets to enjoy some downtime and relaxing during this period but that is simply not the case. The work at a vineyard is a year round effort and continues throughout the winter. You might even say that some of the most important work is done during this period as it sets everything up for the coming growing period and harvest. With any discipline, it is common knowledge that it is much easier to end right if you start right. Wine making is no different.
Both North and South Carolina have a number of wineries that are popular spots to visit and tour. The North Carolina winery scene is a little more established than South Carolina which is evident by the sheer number of wineries already established in North Carolina. However, more and more South Carolina wineries are popping up and the local wine scene there is rapidly growing. The good news is that wherever you are in North or South Carolina, there are probably a number of wineries that are reasonably close to you and make a great day trip, they’re easy and inviting to visit for a tour, tasting, lunch, or all of the above.