Spotlight: Silver Coast Winery

The Silver Coast Winery, located on the inland side of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, is the first and only winery located in Brunswick County. The 40 acre winery was started in 2002 by MaryannThe Silver Coast Winery and Bud Azzato. The Azzatos started the winery out of their passion for fine wine and their desire to share good wines with friends and guests.

Currently, the winery makes thirteen different wines, with a new wine, a Viognier, being bottled in April of 2005. Rumor has it that the winery’s on-site wine maker, Dana Keeler, “talks to the grapes and the grapes talk to him.” Apparently, these conversations have paid off. Although the winery was started less than three years ago, they have already won 58 awards for their wines. Just a few of their award winning wines include their 2002 Touriga (also known as Cape Fear Blood Wine), 2002 Premium Chardonnay , 2002 Seyval Blanc, 2002 American Oak Chardonnay, 2002 Sangiovese, 2002 Merlot and Holiday Red.

All of the labels for their wines are designed by local artists. When a new wine is going to be introduced, the Silver Coast Winery holds a label competition that is open to local artists. The winner of the competition will have their design featured on the label of the newArt Exhibits at the Silver Coast Winery wine. On February 24th, 2005, The Silver Coast Winery announced that Tricia Vanderburg won the label competition for their new Viognier wine with her depiction of aviary life in the marshlands. The winery also promotes local artists in their art gallery, where they often hold art openings.

In addition to the wine making facilities, Silver Coast Winery’s facilities include several gift shops, a large outdoor patio area, a barrel room and a wine tasting room. The barrel room, very popular for wedding receptions and other festivities, is decorated with beautiful wooden oak barrels. The barrel room also has its own The Barrel Room at the Silver Coast Wineryindoor waterfall created by local artist Doug Campbell. In addition to weddings and other private parties, there are many events at the Silver Coast Winery that are open to the public, such as their Blue Grass Festival, Purple Feet Festival, Bacchus Beach Music Bash, Oktoberfest and more.

The wine tasting room is beautifully decorated and offers three wine tasting choices. You can choose to taste an array of their white wines or red wines for $5, or you can have a full wine tasting which includes an array of both white and red wines for $9. The priceWine Tasting at the Silver Coast Winery for all of the wine tastings includes a souvenir wine glass. You can purchase their wines by the bottle or by the case in the gift shop, or join the wine club and receive automatic shipments of wine. If you are ever in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, be sure to visit the winery’s new tasting room and art gallery at South Park Mall.

The Silver Coast Winery is located on Barbeque Road on the inland side of Ocean Isle Beach. Part of the winery is located in the building that was formerly Sim’s Barbeque. They are open Monday through Saturday from 11:00am to 6:00pm and on Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, with seasonal hours between January and March. They offer free tours of the facilities where you can learn about the wine making process, and the wine tastings are available daily. The winery can be contacted at 910-287-2800. To plan an event at the Silver Coast Winery, please ask for Debra Kordiak, the on-site event coordinator.

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