Sip a glass of wine while sitting in a rocking chair overlooking the vineyards. Try local brews made with sweet potatoes or watermelons from nearby farms. See the corn growing that will be used to make a batch of legal moonshine. Explore the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail in Johnston County, NC. This self-guided adventure includes two family-owned wineries, two craft breweries, and a legal moonshine distillery.
Gregory Vineyards is a great place to relax and taste wine, or hold a wedding. Take a tour of the picturesque vineyards and then enjoy sitting by the fireplace or grab a rocker on the front porch. Continue your wine wanderings at award-winning Hinnant Family Vineyards where vintner Bob Hinnant invites you to take a gander at the oldest and largest Muscadine vineyard in the state, sprawling over 75 acres. After enjoying the tasting, shop around in the gift shop for homemade jellies and juices.
If you love beer, and even if you don’t, Deep River Brewing Company is Johnston County’s first legal brewery and they have a wide variety of beer styles to please any palate. Utilizing locally grown materials for their craft beer, Deep River Brewery is up and coming in the North Carolina craft beer scene. Just a few miles away is Double Barley Brewing with a unique and relaxed lounge area and an outside beer garden. Their flavorful and often strong brews, with witty names, will leave you wanting more.
Broadslab Distillery products have captured not only the true heritage of the region’s famed moonshine, but have also preserved the craft, skills, and techniques of over five generations of the Norris family. Stop in for a tour and tasting and meet owner and master distiller Jeremy Norris.
For details about the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail visit beerwineshinetrail.com. Cheers!