Max and his wife were on their way to Southport on a pleasant Friday afternoon. They had gotten on the road earlier than they had expected so they decided to see if there were any wineries they could visit nearby. They noticed that there are two near the border with South Carolina. The first of these two is named the Silver Coast Winery. It seemed like a nice place to visit.
Driving up to the winery, Max noticed the row of grape vines that adorn it. It seemed a little on the light side for a winery of this size. As it turns out, these vines grow grapes that folks can pick. These are not the ones going into the wines as they make wines with more of a European character.
The winery has good parking around the back of the building, which it turns out is the entrance to the tasting room. The lot is large enough to handle vehicles both large and small.
On entering the winery Max and his wife were delighted with the organization of the wine shop and tasting bar. For creating an excellent environment for tasting it has everything needed. The ambiance is charming.
Max is the designated driver, so he didn’t get to share the wine at the moment. His wife, who is very fond of red wines, got the pleasure of tasting. She found the Calabash Red and 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon to be best suited to her tastes.
Silver Coast is a very relaxing and inviting place to visit. The wines are produced by grapes grown in the Yadkin Valley and delivered via a Georgia firm. This allows the offering of a broad variety of wines as both European and native vines can thrive in the valley.
The winery was, per their literature, started in May 2002 as a family affair. They have some pick your own grapes and in September they have a festival with grape stomping.
The owners Dr. “Bud” and Maryann Azzato with their son Gabriel have made the winery a comfortable and interesting part of the NC wine experience. The 2010 Guide to NC Wineries credits them with European and French-American wines.
Some of Max’s wife’s comments on the red wines were; “yum”, “lots of body”, “dry but great” and “not too sweet”. She certainly enjoyed every minute of the tasting!
If you like European style wines and are visiting in the Wilmington or Myrtle Beach area, this is a great place to stop in.
Dr. ‘˜Bud’ Azzato
European style from grapes grown in the Yadkin Valley
Hours: Monday to Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM
Sunday Noon to 5 PM
January and February Wednesday to Sunday Noon to 5 PM
From Wilmington, NC head South on Route 17
Take Route 17 to Intersection of Route 904 West
(seven miles north of border with SC)
Take the second right on Route 904 onto Russtown Road
Take the fourth right on Russtown Road onto Barbeque Road
Drive to Winery at the end of Barbeque Road.
Silver Coast Winery
6680 Barbeque Road
Ocean Beach, NC