This is a neat vineyard located in Pine Level, NC. Pine Level is about three miles east of Smithfield and about thirty miles east south east of Raleigh.
Hinnant tells me that they are the largest Muscadine vineyard in North Carolina. This may be accurate as they have seventy acres of muscadine grape vines under cultivation.
You can see the Hinnant Family Vineyards web page by clicking here.
The Muscadine grape is native to the southeastern United States. It is a cultivated vine but also grows wild across the region. Most family farms have one or two Muscadine vines growing near to the house and convenient for snacking. The Muscadine grape is very sweet and tasty, but has a thick skin.
Muscadine grapes are rich sources of polyphenols and other nutrients studied for their potential health benefits. Gallic acid, (+)-catechin and epicatechinar the major phenolsin seeds, while ellagic acid, myricetin, quercetin,kaempferol and trans-resveratrol are the major phenols in the skins.
Now that we know that the Muscadine is a healthy food, we can get back to wine making.
Hinnant Family Vineyards has a tasting room. The tastings consist of sweet and semi-sweet wines. Also available is dry and semi-dry wines. There seems to be something for all taste preferences. Check the tasting room prices and schedules by clicking here .
My wife and I spent about two hours at the winery … tasting many wines and then sitting on the porch in a rocker sipping a full … and they did pour the glass full … glass of wine and generally relaxing. We both recommend that you visit Hinnant Family Vineyards.
For the ladies who like to shop … This winery is only a couple of miles from the Carolina Premium Outlets … also known as the Smithfield Outlet Stores.
Hinnant Family Vineyards