Our address at the end of Bears Bluff Road started as "Irvin House Vineyard" in 2001. In 2015 Jim and Ann Irvin were instrumental in transitioning their retirement dream into our lifelong dream, and we will forever be grateful. Nestled among the majestic live oaks on Charleston's back porch of Wadmalaw Island, this 48-acre winery and vineyard has something for everyone. We are the only domestic winery in Charleston, South Carolina and should be on the top of your list when visiting the Lowcountry.
The only time we charge for parking/entrance at the vineyard is during one of our four festivals, if you want to come out and just enjoy the property during our normal business hours, you're more than welcome to do that free of charge. If you do decide to do a tasting with us, it's $15/pp and you'll pay after the tasting when you pick up your souvenir stemless wine glass in our gift shop.
Reservations are NOT required at the vineyard but if you have a large group (6+) and want to guarantee you'll all be together during your tasting you can book a private tasting with us any day of the week that we're open. During the week you'll enter through our gift shop and get in on the next available tasting which is typically not longer than a 20-minute wait. Saturdays are especially busy for us as we have live music and a food truck. On Saturdays, you'll check in at the tent, get an ID bracelet, select a sample wine slushie, and sign up for the next wine tasting - which is usually every hour, on the hour. While you wait you can enjoy a drink from our outside bar: bloody marys, mimosas, wine, wine slushies, and draft meads too!
We partner with a few people to give you an option to/from the vineyard but please schedule your transportation before coming out to see us! Often ride-shares will drop you off but be reluctant to come back out so make sure you're prepared! All that said, no one has ever gotten "stranded" out here, we'll help you get off our remote little paradise and back to civilization. Here are our transportation partners:
David at Holy City Transportation - 843.364.5841
Ben at JoyRide - 843.603.2005
Snap! Tours - 843.588.1231
Coastal Limo & Taxi - 843.696.3918
We are open 10-5 Tuesday-Saturday, however, we ask that you arrive by 4 PM as our last tasting typically starts right at 4 PM and lasts 35-45 minutes.
Yes! Kids will enjoy the swings/swurfer, lawn games, and visiting our animals. Your dogs will enjoy the wide-open spaces, relaxing on the lawn, and seeing other dog friends, and they are more than welcome to go into our tasting room while you enjoy your tasting as well! We offer a doggie waste station near the lawn as well as water dishes on the patio.
Ida is our miniature Brahma bull, she lives in the vineyard and loves visitors. She especially loves men with beards! She's a bit of a local celebrity and, like most celebrities, she can get a little ornery at times; so if she is indicating she needs space - give the 400-pound animal space, please!
While there aren't really any restaurant options on Wadmalaw Island (there is an island store called Hum Grocery - across the island near Rockville where you can get sandwiches and such), we do welcome you to bring a picnic lunch out at any time. If you visit us during the week we have fruit, cracker, cheese (and optional meat) trays to compliment our beautiful wines as well as snacks in the gift shop. If you wander over to us on a Saturday, we offer a variety of food available from a local food truck. They typically have anything from sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, tacos, nachos, etc. There's something for everyone in your party and it's all made fresh to order.
It's pretty simple, actually, muscadines are one of the only grapes native to the US and one of the first-ever cultivated here. They thrive in the heat and humidity of the south and grow into large, sweet fruits. We realize that the typical encounter with muscadine wine is syrupy-sweet, but we find that some of our most popular (and award-winning) wines are those we have produced to be drier. Whether this is your first experience with the "super grape" called muscadine, or you grew up with them growing wild in your backyard; we encourage you to try our take on muscadine wine; we think you'll be surprised.
Why I'm glad you asked! Yes, we do. We offer 5 wines from our 12-acre muscadine vineyard, we also offer 2 blends utilizing muscadine and vinifera grapes, we also have a partnership with a California winery that sends us the grapes/juice that won't grow well here and we ferment it into wine on site. In addition to ALL of that, we have wine that we make from local fruit and offer seasonally. And if that wasn't enough we ALSO have meads, both still and draft for your palate pleasure. Oh yeah, and wine slushies, as well as mimosas and bloody marys on Saturday!