Get your Wine & Movie Lovers Tour in Duplin County started off right by visiting the largest and oldest Muscadine winery in the South, Duplin Winery. Tastings at the tasting bar are a lot of fun and tours of the winery are free! You’ll learn about the nuances of wine sampling and the the 5 S’s of wine tasting: sight, smell, swirl, sip and savor. The gift shop is full of southern flair, souvenirs and lots of Duplin wines and tasty dips and sauces.
Address: 505 N Sycamore St, Rose Hill, NC 28458
Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Saturday
Tours start at 11:00 am Monday through Saturday
(Last tastings of the day are offered two hours prior to closing)
Tastings are $5 per person
(Upgrade to a Deluxe Wine Tasting for $10 per person, includes delicious gourmet crackers and dip)
INSIDER TIP #1: The Muscadine Red Pepper and Onion Relish is delicious! Pick up a jar to take home in the Duplin Winery Gift Shop and check out their recipes – my favorite is the muscadine red pepper dip!
INSIDER TIP #2: Check out Duplin Winery’s Events & Show Schedule and book a Getaway Package with us. We’d love to help you plan your visit!
Walk no further than outside of Duplin Winery’s Gift Shop, and you’ll find yourself in their on- premise restaurant, The Bistro. The food is great and the staff is very friendly. As you get ready to order your lunch, you’ll be graciously offered yet another tasting of a featured wine of the day. The wait staff will also help you select a wine pairing to go with your lunch.
After lunch at the Bistro, you’ll want to stop through the tiny Downtown Rose Hill. Who would think that this would be the location where the famous scene with the shadowy figures would be filmed in the movie Iron Man 3? Across East Church Street from the Trading Co. of Rose Hill, the crew transformed the two vacant shops into the First Tennessee Bank and The Rocky Top Restaurant. With the stage names still painted on the doors, the storefronts offer a prime photo-op – no doubt you will want to back up far enough to get the Rose Hill water tower in the shot!
INSIDER TIP: If you didn’t have dessert at The Bistro, stop by Rose Hill Restaurant for slice of Duplin County’s famous Lemon Blueberry Pie.
In the summer of 2014, Downtown Wallace NC was transformed into a movie set for The Longest Ride, based on the best -selling New York Time’s book written by , Nicholas Sparks, author of many other books made into movies such as, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, and Safe Haven. Hope Smith, owner of Art of Hope, had her art and framing shop transformed into “Levinsons”, a men’s clothing store back in the 1940’s, around the time of World War II just for the movie. Stop in and see Hope and she’ll tell you about it! She’s got some beautiful artwork for sale as well! Her store is located at 105 W. Main St. in Wallace.
Also, be sure to stop by the Wallace Depot in downtown Wallace for a photo-op from the movie, The Longest Ride. Photo credit: © TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Not for Sale or Duplication.
INSIDER TIP: Wallace is the home of the Carolina Strawberry Festival – that takes place, each year in month of May. It’s a really fun festival and a great time to visit Duplin County!
Downtown Wallace has quite a few quaint shops! Stop by Cavanaugh’s Gifts , The Glass Slipper, and all the other cute shops. To satisfy your sweet tooth, don’t miss Gilmore's Coffee Shop – they’ve got yummy desserts and coffee!
You will find the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Wallace very comfortable. They’ve got an excellent staff and the rooms are delightfully decorated and clean. They offer a free continental breakfast and a fitness center.
Address: 131 River Village Pl, Wallace, NC 28466
Phone Number: 910-285-9200
To get some real value – I recommend you check out Duplin County’s Wine & Dine Package that includes an overnight stay and other perks. For more information, contact guest services at The Holiday Inn Express in Wallace.
MIK's is a full service restaurant and sports bar, specializing in appetizers, a wide variety of hot wings and burgers, BBQ, seafood and more. Also be sure to order their award-winning nachos from A Taste of Duplin & More.
Address: 105 S Norwood St, Wallace, NC 28466
Phone Number: 910-285-5600
Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 5pm to 10pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 11am to 10pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am to midnight
Sunday: 12pm to 10pm
INSIDER TIP: On Thursday nights, they have a great trivia night that’s a lot of fun to uncork, unplug, and unwind!
If you are up for more than a continental breakfast at the hotel, Shawn’s is a great spot to have a good Southern breakfast. They serve everything from eggs, grits, and toast to corned beef, liver pudding, and event pork brains.
Address: 530 S Norwood St, Wallace, NC 28466
Phone Number: 910-285-6047
Before heading out for the next wine tasting, consider checking out Buckner Hill Plantation in Faison. One of the largest antebellum plantation houses in North Carolina. The mostly undisturbed Greek Revival plantation architecture, has Italianate features and an unusual cruciform floor plan with wide halls on both floors. In June, 2001, Rebecca Well's national bestselling novel, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, was adapted for film. The Buckner Hill House was used to portray the fictitious Walker family's "Pecan Grove" Louisiana home and it was main site for much of the filming. The feature film stars Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Ellen Burstyn, Dame Maggie Smith and James Garner.
Address: 522 Taylor Town Road, Faison 28341
Phone Number: 910.293.3001
Hours: By appointment Only
Have lunch right there “The Squire”. They’ve got a great lunch menu. My favorite is the Korean barbeque beef sandwich paired with a delicious glass of Country Squire’s own the Sweet Scottish Heather Chardonnay. After lunch, take a walk around the building and see the beautiful outdoor sunken garden and three-tiered fountain.
A visit to the Tartan Tasting Room at The Country Squire Winery, you will not only enjoy the wines but also the hints of the Scottish heritage of its owners in the atmosphere. They’ve named several of their wines after favorite areas within “The Squire”, as well as designed the wine labels with a Scottish touch. The wines are always a big hit each year at the annual North Carolina Muscadine Festival and are available for purchase in the Gift Shop.
Address: 748 NC 24 And 50 Hwy, Warsaw, NC 28398
Phone Number: 910-276-1727
Hours: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm Saturday