When thinking of wine country, you most likely won't come up with North Carolina off the top of your head; however some amazing wines are coming from this area of the country, especially from a grape with a misunderstood reputation, the muscadine. Muscadine grapes come in over 100 different varieties and their health value tops that of all grapes, full of antioxidants and a rich source of polyphenols. Over the years most people have come to associate a muscadine wine as being overly sweet, packed with sugar. Well there are quite a few vineyards out there that if you give them a try, will prove you wrong. One of the leading vineyards in the area displaying numerous medals, awards, and winner of the N.C. Muscadine Cup 4 out of the last 5 years, Cypress Bend Vineyards, will change your mind and tickle your taste buds with it's wine list.
Cypress Bend Vineyards is located in the quaint town of Wagram, North Carolina; rich in history as it is in growing grapes. John Charles McNeill is a notable historical figure in the area with his home being located here and his ties to the vineyard being a relative of the founding family. The vineyard itself is strong on family, all of the wine names are influenced by relatives, or poem names from the first unofficial Poet Laureate of North Carolina, John Charles McNeill. The land was founded in 1807 by Catherine Campbell and Daniel White when they traveled over from Scotland and purchased 1000 acres named Riverton. 800 acres are still in the family, over 30 planted with muscadine vines; primarily the Noble, Magnolia, and Carlos grape variety.
Cypress Bend is home to the only dry muscadine wine in the state, Christina's Magnolia, which has won numerous awards. However the most popular wines at the vineyard are the two that are sweetest on the sweetness scale, Campbell and McNeill, named after Catherine Campbell the founding matriarch of the family and John Charles McNeill. Cypress Bend won the N.C. Muscadine Cup at the state fair this year for it's wine To-Morrow, also a poem by McNeill. With the holidays quickly approaching, grab a bottle of the Holly Berry Red, only offered October-December; it's the perfect local gem for gift giving.
The vineyard is open daily for tours and tastings. Come out and enjoy their award winning wine collection, live music nights every Friday evening with a mixture of jazz and beach music, or have your event at the vineyard. The retail shop and tasting room is open Sunday-Friday 12 P.M.-6 P.M. and Saturdays 10 A.M.-6 P.M. To learn more about the history, wines, Friday night live music or hosting a wedding or event, visit their website at www.cypressbendvineyards.com or call them at 910-369-0411. Support your local economy by enjoying a fine muscadine wine and make your heart healthy along the way.