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From The Vineyard | Lu Mil Vineyard & Hinnant Family Vineyard & Winery

December 5, 2016 |

Original Air Date: December 5, 2016

From The Vineyard | Lu MilLu Mil Vineyard
438 Suggs-Taylor Rd, Elizabethtown, NC
(910) 866-5819

Lu Mil Vineyard sits on the family farm site of the late Lucille and Miller Taylor, on Suggs-Taylor Rd, in Dublin, NC. The vineyard was named in their honor. The Taylor family has been a leader in agricultural equipment development for many years; the family farm site has served as a testing ground for their innovative creations. As a way to test their ideas for new machinery for the growing viticulture industry, their Muscadine vineyard was born. The vineyard has grown to over 58 acres in the last five years.

With the grapes producing well, the first estate wines were produced from Lu Mil Vineyard’s 2005 Muscadine grape harvest, and, in December 2005 the vineyard’s Gift Shop and Tasting Room officially opened to the public. Lu Mil Vineyard offers Muscadine wines as: Old Cumberland, Taylor Divine, Bladen Blush, Harmony Hall, Cape Owen Red, Sir Walter Raleigh and Merry Christmas, a limited production seasonal wine. Additionally, jellies, jams, alcohol free wines, juices, ciders, sauces, syrup and grape seed extract pills have been produced from Lu Mil’s vines.

From The Vineyard | HinnantHinnant Family Vineyard & Winery
826 Pine Level Micro Road, Pine Level, NC

It all started in 1971 when the Hinnant siblings Jacqueline, Freddie, Douglas and Willard had a dream to start a vineyard in Johnston County. Freddie’s husband, Glen, had the honor of being the original vineyard manager that watched over the vineyard while the others maintained their jobs as a teacher, dentist, book keeper and carpenter. In the early years, grapes were sold to fresh markets, other vineyards, & to the public.

At the turn of the century, Williard & his son, Bob started their own quest to create wine from the family vineyard. Starting with just a few varieties of wine, the doors opened and in 2003 the first bottle was sold. The father & son pair enjoyed working side by side fine tuning their award winning wines until 2013, when Williard passed away. Bob, with his family’s reassurance, support (and secret recipe,) now operates Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery.

From the very beginning, there has been long standing tradition to open the Vineyard to the public during the harvest season. Every September Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery encourages the public to come out and pick their own Muscadine grapes. A large white tent marks the start of the Harvest season & stands at the front of the business to welcome customers. There you can purchase pre-picked grapes, or pick up a bucket & head out into the vineyard. We invite you to come take part in this annual Hinnant Family Tradition.
Regardless of the season, the Hinnant Family invites you to visit the vineyard to see how their dream has developed.

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