In the mood for some live music, delicious food, and wine tasting? Wine Wednesdays at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River, South Carolina has what you crave! Home of Twisted Sisters wines, the Vineyard creates fun and unique wines such as “Island Mama: Shake Those Pineapples,” a red blend, and “Sweet Carolina Girl,” a chilled sweet white wine. Wine by the glass or bottle is available all day from 10AM-5PM, with plenty of seating available under the cabanas and pavilion. Admission is free (sorry, no pets or outside beverages allowed). Grab a friend (or a few) and indulge in some necessary “me” time with half-priced wine tastings on Wine Wednesday — $2.75 includes tasting, tax, and a wine glass!
La Belle Amie Vineyard is part of a former tobacco plantation that has been owned by the Bellamy family since the 1800s. La Belle Amie, meaning “the beautiful friend,” is the European origin of the family name. Vicki, whose family has a long history of winemaking, currently runs the vineyard. Vicki’s ancestors from the south of France passed down their winemaking skills to Uncle Gifford, who makes the wine from “the old grapevines,” also known as the vines from four large vine arbors. Two of these arbors are over 100 years old and the other two are about 80 years old! The grapes from these vines are also used to make the grape preserves sold at the shop.
Uncle Gifford famously used a wooden barrel to make wine for friends and family. Visitors can still see the barrel on display in front of the shop, as well as an antique spinning wheel used to make cloth from cotton grown on the farm. Gifford passed away at the age of 83 in 1993. The Vineyard’s sweet red muscadine wine, “Gifford’s Red,” was named in his honor.
After Gifford passed, his niece Vicki came up with the idea of La Belle Amie Vineyard. By 1995 she arranged for the clearing of the fields, and soon planted Vineyard #1. In the spring of 1996, Vineyard #2 was trellised and planted, but then came a series of devastating hurricanes from 1996 to 1999. With help from friends and family, the Vineyard eventually recovered, and continues to thrive as a top destination in the Grand Strand area!
La Belle Amie Vineyard also hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year, including the upcoming New Year’s Bonfire. Wine tastings are offered Monday through Saturday from 10AM-5:30PM. Guests are invited into the wine tasting room to sample private label wines, as well as a variety of foods that include specialty sauces, dressings, and more! For $3, you can sample any six wines of your choice, and for $2 more you can keep the wine glass!
The vineyard’s gift shop features a nice selection of wine accessories and unique gifts. After shopping, you can relax on the front porch in one of the rocking chairs, have a glass of wine, and enjoy the peaceful beauty of the farm. Then bring a bottle or two back to your rental property near the beach to enjoy later. Now that’s what we call a vacation!
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