Duplin Winery's 39th Annual Grape Stomp Celebration will be Held At Both Its Rose Hill, N.C., and North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Wineries in 2015

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Rose Hill Grape Stomp Will Be Held On September 12, While New North Myrtle Beach Location Will Host The Grape Stomp For The First Time On September 19

We hold a grape stomp competition as the centerpiece of Duplin Winery's annual celebration of wine-making.

The largest winery in the South, Duplin Winery of Rose Hill, N.C., and North Myrtle Beach, S.C., will hold its 39th Annual Grape Stomp celebration at both locations on two different Saturdays in September. The first day of the Grape Stomp will be hosted at Duplin Winery's Rose Hill location on September 12, 2015 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. On September 19, 2015, the North Myrtle Beach winery will host the Grape Stomp from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. This year marks the first time that the Duplin Winery Grape Stomp is being held at the North Myrtle Beach winery, as well as at the Rose Hill winery.

"Grape stomping was once the accepted way to crush grapes to make wine, but today stomping grapes is just for fun," said Jonthan Fussell, president of Duplin Wine Family and head of the winery's marketing division. "We hold a grape stomp competition as the centerpiece of our annual celebration of wine-making. Those who attend the celebration at either the Rose Hill or the North Myrtle Beach location will get a chance to stomp grapes with their bare feet. Whomever stomps the most juice out of their barrel of grapes will win a prize."

Tickets for the Rose Hill Grape Stomp on September 12 are $15 per person (including tax). The event includes live music from Gary Lowder & Smokin' Hot, grape stomping and wine tastings. Special vineyard tours will be given during the afternoon, and exclusive wine tastings that include a special cheese tray are an additional $5. Duplin Winery's on-site Bistro Restaurant will be open and there will also be a tent set up on site for dinner purchases.

Attendance for the North Myrtle Beach celebration is $25 per person (including tax) and includes a ticket to the winery's neighboring attraction, Alligator Adventure. The event features a live performance from Dark 30 Boogie Band, grape stomping, gator feeding and wine tastings. On Friday, September 18, the Alabama Theatre will be offering an exclusive discount package for Grape Stomp attendees, including a free wine garden reception prior to the show. Reservations can be made through the Alabama Theatre box office or at 1-800-342-2262.

Tickets for both the Rose Hill and North Myrtle Beach Grape Stomp celebrations can be purchased online at https://www.duplinwinery.com/events-news/upcoming-events/.

"Our annual Grape Stomp event is extremely popular in Rose Hill where we've held it for nearly four decades," said Dave Fussell Jr., president and CEO of Duplin Winery. "Since we opened our winery in North Myrtle Beach in June, we've been warmly welcomed by the town and its many vacationers. So we wanted to bring the fun of the Grape Stomp to them as well."

The North Myrtle Beach Duplin Winery is a unique and eye-catching building encircled by porches that offer comfortable seating areas where visitors can sip wine, look out over the salt marsh, and listen to featured entertainers. Inside the 15,000 square foot building, there are several themed wine tasting areas that, together, can serve up to 200 people for guided wine tastings. A 28-foot-tall replica of the Hatteras lighthouse that is seen on Duplin wine labels is a dominant figure inside the building. Built to both delight and entertain, the winery also includes more than 5,000 square feet of retail space featuring Duplin wines, homemade fudge, Duplin salad dressings, salsas and more.

Duplin Winery's Rose Hill winery is known for its relaxed atmosphere and fun-filled Southern hospitality. More than 100,000 visitors come to the winery each year to tour and taste the wines. The on-site Bistro Restaurant is a popular spot for lunch, dinner and private parties, and it offers catering and banquet service both on and off-site. The Rose Hill winery is also the site of a variety of shows and entertainment throughout the year.

For more information about Duplin Winery and its North Myrtle Beach location, go online to http://www.duplinwinery.com.

About Duplin Winery

The family-owned Duplin Winery, headquartered in Rose Hill, N.C., is the largest winery in the South and it produces the best-selling wine in North Carolina. Specializing in wines made from the muscadine grape, Duplin is the largest muscadine winery in the world with a tank capacity of 1.6 million gallons. Duplin Winery grows its own grapes in North Carolina, and buys grapes from suppliers in four states. The winery is the largest buyer of grapes in South Carolina.

Started by D.J. Fussell Sr., in the 1970s, the winery is now owned and managed by its third generation of Fussells. Dave Fussell Jr., serves as president and CEO of Duplin Winery, and Jonathan Fussell heads the Duplin Winery marketing division and serves as president of Duplin Wine Family.

Duplin wines have won several awards over the years, including honors normally given to wines from the classic West Coast wine belt such as Impact's Hot Brand Award and Beverage Information Group's Fast Track Award. Duplin wines have been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Our State magazine, and numerous regional news media.

Duplin wines are currently sold in thirteen different states in the South, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

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