The Knotts Island Wine Mini-Trail: Coast
Two Wineries, Distance Of 0.6 Miles – Tucked into the northeastern corner of North Carolina just south of the Virginia state line is Knotts Island, home to two small NC wineries that are within walking distance of each other!
Like all of our coastal vineyards, Martin Vineyards and Moonrise Bay both grow and produce wines from scuppernong grapes, but unlike most coastal wineries, they also grow and produce vinifera grapes. That means those who prefer Merlot over Muscadine will find something to their liking as well. Both wineries offer picnic areas with vineyard and island views, and both sponsor occasional events that prove popular with locals and visitors alike. Martin Vineyards also offers pick-your-own apples, peaches, pumpkins and grapes in season.
213 Martin Farms Lane
Knotts Island, NC 27950
Amenities: Tasting room, gift shop, picnic area.
Wines: Viognier, Dry Reds, Dry Whites, Semi-Dry Whites, Sweet Muscdines, Strawberry Dessert Wine.
Moonrise Bay Vineyards
134 Moonrise Bay Landing
Knotts Island, NC 27950
Amenities: Tasting room, gift shop, picnic area, private party rental facility.
Wines: Chardonnay, Grand Ole Osprey White, Chambourcin, Merlot, Boathouse Red, Carlos Muscadine, Blackberry, Raspberry.
- From the North (Virginia): Follow the Marsh Causeway (NC Highway 615) as it turns right and becomes Knotts Island Road. Turn left onto Woodleigh Road and another left onto Martin Farm Road to get to Martin Vineyards.
From the South (Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry): Proceed on Ferry Dock Road, then take a left on South End Road. Follow South End Road until it turns into Woodleigh Road, then take a right onto Martin Farm Road to get to Martin Vineyards.
- Return to Woodleigh Road and take a right. Follow for 4/10 mile, then take another right on Moonrise Bay Landing to get to Moonrise Bay Vineyards.
- Go back to Woodleigh Road. Turn right to proceed north into Virginia, or turn left to return to the Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry Terminal.
Winery hours vary seasonally. Please call ahead to be sure the vineyards you want to visit will be open when you arrive. Please drink responsibly. Designate a driver.
added: February 9, 2009
updated: February 1, 2010
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