Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail

A Raleigh-Area Day Trip

Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail

The wineries on this Johnston County wine trail have histories dating back to the mid-1700s

You’ll enjoy a journey of history, family, culture and wine along this 50-mile, four-winery trail, making it ideal for you to enjoy a day trip involving all or most wineries. Each of the wineries on the Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail is family-owned and -operated and dripping with rich history dating back to the mid-1700s. Each winery offers delectable Muscadine wines, but they also produce a variety of fruit wines, jellies and juices.

Not only will you enjoy a day at the vineyard, but you can learn about the benefits of the muscadine grape seed, meet the local families who have been farmers in Johnston County for several generations, and maybe even discover a winery that can host your special event or a romantic wedding.

The Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail is conveniently located along Interstates 95 and 40, just 30 minutes east of Raleigh.

Varied winery options for the day trip include:

Hinnant Family Vineyards

Pine Level
Hinnant is the oldest and largest commercial muscadine vineyard in the state. It specializes in native muscadine grapes, but also sells wine made from Norton grapes originally from Virginia and American hybrid Blanc du Bois from Texas. The tasting room features all of these wines, plus several fruit wines as well.

From I-95, take Exit 97 toward Selma/Pine Level/Goldsboro. Take U.S. 70 East. Turn left onto U.S. 70 ALT. Turn left onto North Peedin Avenue, Hinnant Family Vineyards will be on your right.

Enoch Winery & Bistro

Benson
The winery is named after Enoch E. Godwin Jr., who was a farmer, sweet potato distributor, always passionate about small fruit production, and father of the winery’s founder. Along with a variety of Muscadine wines and fruit wines, the winery features a full service bistro and bar that make for perfect pairings.

Start going southwest on Peedin Avenue toward Pine Level. Turn right onto U.S. 70 ALT. Turn right onto U.S. 70 West. Merge onto I-95 South toward Benson. Take Exit 79, North Carolina 50/North Carolina 242 toward North Carolina 27/Benson/Newton Grove. Turn left onto North Carolina 50/North Carolina 242/East Main Street. Enoch Winery & Bistro is on your right.

Gregory Vineyards

Angier
Owned and operated by the Gregory family, it features a variety of Muscadine wines, fruit wines, juices and ciders, as well as the Grape Vine Deli and varied special event space for weddings and more.

Start going northwest onto North Carolina 50 South. Turn slight right onto West Main Street/North Carolina 27 North. Turn slight right onto North Carolina 50 North. Turn left onto Stephenson Road. Take the first right onto Bowling Spring Drive and you will arrive at Gregory Vineyards.

Adams Vineyards

Willow Spring
Adams features red, white and blush Muscadine wines, as well as wines made from other fruits. It's also a popular destination for varied special events, including the annual Grape Stomp Festival each September. It’s a perfect ending to the Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail.

Start going south on Bowling Spring Drive toward Stephenson Road. Turn left onto Stephenson Road. Take the first left onto North Carolina 50 North. Turn left onto North Carolina 42 Highway West. Turn left onto John Adams Road and Adams Vineyards is on the left.

To get back to I-40 and I-95, start going northeast on John Adams Road toward North Carolina 42 Highway. Turn right onto North Carolina 42 West. Merge onto I-40 East toward Benson. Merge onto I-95 South Exit 328A toward Benson/Fayetteville.

Winery hours vary seasonally. Call ahead to be sure the vineyards you want to visit will be open when you arrive. Please drink responsibly. Designate a driver.

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