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Is there anything as fine as Carolina wine? We definitely agree that some of the best fruit wines in the country are produced right here, and in Currituck County you'll find two great wineries to visit during your vacation. Martin's Orchard and Vineyard is a must-visit if you enjoy flavorful table wines and fresh fruit. During the peak seasons you can spend an entire afternoon enjoying the vineyard and the spectacular view of the Currituck Sound.
Martin Vineyards is located on Knotts Island, just a short drive from Virginia Beach, and if you're coming from mainland Currituck you can take the ferry. Martin Vineyards is a Currituck County institution and offers a nice selection of dry reds and whites, sweet wines, and fruit wines made from what is grown on the property. There is a charge for tasting, but you'll come away with a great lesson in winemaking and have the opportunity to buy bottles at the winery. Bring along a picnic lunch (or pick up a sandwich or two from the nearby Knotts Island Market) and enjoy the view while you sip the latest vintage.
Throughout the year you can stop by for fruit picking. The bounty will vary according to the season - there are apples throughout the summer and fall, peaches in the summer, and grapes and pumpkins late in the year. During the summer, an annual peach festival is held on the grounds - it's one of the most popular events in the area and features ride and games for the kids and live entertainment.
Hours vary according to the season, so call ahead at 252-429-3542 for hours and directions. You can also schedule a group tour and wine tasting for your party. Salud!
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