Travel – Day Trip to Duplin Winery

Travel to Duplin Winery in Rosehill,NC to experience the best of sweet muscadine wines

If you read my birthday post, you’ll recognise some of the photos from this one. They came from my visit to Duplin Winery -yes autocorrect it’s Duplin, not Dublin – in Rosehill, NC. Duplin Winery is the largest and oldest winery in the state, owned and operated by the Fussell Family. It is open Monday-Saturday, Sunday is the Lord’s day, a promise that was made to the matriarch of the Fussell family and a practice that has been kept 40 some years later.

I was super excited to make the hour and half trip to Duplin Winery from my mom’s place because Duplin Wines are what got me through college. There may not have been almond milk, chicken, or oatmeal in my apartment but there was always a bottle of Duplin stashed away, because drink local and acquire a taste for sweet, muscadine wines!

Main enterance sign to Duplin Store Front during my day trip to Duplin WInery in Rosehill,NCI #travel

It was a rainy and dreary day, so after driving the slick back country roads of rural North Carolina, the first thing we did was make our way to the bistro. It is a quaint little space tucked in the back of the grounds. Almost all meal options were under $15 with bottles of wine starting at $8. Being as hungry as I was, there aren’t any pictures of my meal, but I do recommend the crabcake sandwich.

After we wrapped up our meal, we returned to the front for our wine tasting. We had hoped join in on the last production and grounds tour but our meal time ran over by 7 minutes. So we went straight to our tasting, sampling a total of 10 different wines. Along with our sampling, we were given homemade cheese dip & crackers, souvenir wine glass, and a glass of wine post-tasting.

Wine Tasting Score Sheet from Duplin Winery Weekend Trip #travel

Much to my surprise all but two of the wines were to me. My least favourite was the Burgundy, the only wine made from noble grapes. It was dry and fruity with a 13% alcohol content. However, I had several favourites that have since made their way to my home and belly like the Beaufort Bay which is a sweet and fruity white wine and both their sangrias.

Tasting of Duplin’s Sweet Sox Red Wine during a Day Trip to Duplin Winery in Rosehill,NC #travel

In addition to offering a plethora of wine, Duplin Winery’s shop also sells jams, chocolates, wine accessories, and fudge. I went home with a bottle of my favourite Black River red and a pound of fudge. My only regret of the day was not buying more fudge.

Be it wine or fudge, life is sweeter with @duplinwinery ! Click To Tweet

I definitely plan to return when the weather is more agreeable, so I stunt in the gardens and soak up some sun. The great thing about Duplin is it is often relatively easy to find a Groupon deal, bringing a tasting for 2 to just $12.

Enjoying a glass of Beaufort Bay at Duplin Winery in Rosehill,NC during my day trip. #travel

blouse – loft / pants – loft / earrings -lightyears / lipstick – clinique / shoes – steve madden


Let me know if you’ve ever been to Duplin Winery before or have a favourite wine?


Aitza B

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Travel to Duplin Winery for a vineyard tour and wine tasting in Rosehill,NC for a weekend trip

  • It looks like you thoroughly enjoyed yourself! It looks to be quiet an experience.

  • I have never heard of Duplin wine but now I want to give it a try! I am taking your blog pics into the nail salon and asking that I have my nails exactly like yours!!!

  • That place sounds amazing. I do love visiting a winery 🙂


  • I love buying local wines, they tend to be the most creative! My sister found a local winery that sells a chocolate flavored one ❤️

    Nicolette |

  • what a cute winery!!! definitely need to check it out next time I’m down there!

  • Thena

    Looks like such a blast. A winery trip is always an awesome thing!! Loved reading this!

  • Sounds like an amazing place to visit. It’s been a while since I last went to a winery. It’s a great way to relax and just have fun.

    • Aitza B

      It is beyond relaxing. Can’t remember the last time I had such a chill time on a day trip. Thanks so much for commenting, AnnMarie.

  • I love going to wine tastings especially if it’s a cheese/chocolate/charcuterie pairing, it’s so delicious! I can’t drink at the moment (being pregnant) but still enjoy going as the scenery is usually stunning!

  • Seems you had a great time! Congrats 🙂

  • Looks like your trip turned out to be a lot more than just wine. Imagine – all that food!!

  • Looks like a super fun winery to go to! Love exploring new places like this — great pics!

    • Aitza B

      Thanks so much, Michael!

  • I love wineries because I love wine so much. A day trip is a great idea.

  • Wow superb winery!!! Hope you enjoyed the day….

  • Joline

    We love visiting wineries and going on wine tours! This place looks lovely. PS: wine is still helping me get through the day, not just when I was in uni LOL!

    • Aitza B

      If you ever making your way to North Carolina definitely check this one out. You’ll have a blast. Glad to know wine will be remaining in my diet. Thanks so much for commenting, Jolene.

  • This looks like such a cute winery! You’ve got some fantastic pictures here! Can’t wait to get to visit

  • Ahhhh. Wine and fudge sounds ah-ma-zing! Sounds like a great wine.

    • Aitza B

      It is such a cute little winery. Can’t wait to return. Thanks for commenting, Jen.

  • this place sounds amazing. i love this type of winery!

    • Aitza B

      Hope you get to visit one day, Ananda. Thanks so much for commenting.

  • It’s really nice that you got the chance to go here! I think it’s worth it especially since they have so much to offer people! I wouldn’t mind taking a trip here!

    • Aitza B

      It is really is so much to offer at such a affordable price. Plus the staff is awesome. Thanks os much for commenting, Carol.

  • If I end up out there, I will have to check them out. I like my whites more than my reds usually, although there are some really good ones. I miss being part of a wine club.

    • Aitza B

      I was more of a red wine girl, but as I’m starting to eat for fish and chicken I’m been trying out whites more. I never though of joining a wine club, but I’ll look into it. thanks so much for commenting, David.

  • I’ve always wanted to do a wine tasting. That’s awesome you found a bottle you like and went home with. Also I don’t think one could ever bring home enough fudge!

  • The winery looks beautiful. I’ve always wanted to go wine tasting with friends. I don’t know much about wine but I do know that I love strawberry wine!

  • What a lovely day! I love visiting wineries in the fall, it is my favorite activity.

  • Angela Cardamone

    This sounds like such a great place to visit! I will keep this in mind!!

  • It looks like a nice winery to visit! I really like going to wineries and trying everything. This one must have lots of history since it’s the oldest in the state!

  • My cousin lives in NC and I am dying to make a visit to her! You look like you are having a wonderful time at the Duplin winery! Love the mustard yellow pants too!

    • Aitza B

      NC has so many wineries. If you do visit her, you all should go make a trip to one. It is so ugh fun. These pants are such a summer & autumn favourite of mine. Thanks so much for commenting, Debbie.

  • I love wineries. A day trip sounds awesome. I need to visit Dublin.

  • Candy Rachelle

    It looks like a great place to visit. I really love to take a trip to vineyard and wineries. I really love your picture. It seems that you really enjoy your day trip in Duplin

    • Aitza B

      There’s nothing like visiting wineries. I’m so glad North Carolina has a plethora. Thanks so much for commenting, Candy Rachelle!

  • Glenda

    This sounds like a great place to visit. I love visiting wineries.

  • We have family in North Carolina. Next time we go I’d love to have time to visit this winery.

    • Aitza B

      You should definitely visit if you have a chance. Such a cute winery. Thanks for commenting, Jill.

  • Oh this looks like a wonderful place to visit. This is what i just needed now. I need to relax.