The Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery Story
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.
Over the years, Willard & Bob acquired all of the land and holdings from Williard’s siblings. Building upon the original acreage growing to a 100 acres of grapes, the Hinnant Family Vineyards & Winery is the oldest and largest commercial Muscadine vineyard in the state of North Carolina.
The Hinnant Family has also become experts on other native grapes. From Virginia; the Norton grape takes up approximately 2 acres and is handcrafted to produce their driest, most complex red, offering oak, vanilla and spice notes! From Texas; they have a couple acres of an American hybrid Blanc du Bois. The fruit offers intense grapefruit, pineapple, and passion fruit flavors.
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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