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Beer, Wine and Shine TrailJohnston County has one of the largest number of working farms in North Carolina, and continues to lead the nation in production of cash crops, including sweet potatoes. For several years, area farmers have expanded their operations to sustain the family farm, offering agri-tainment, farm markets, on-farm tours and promoting local products. Our wineries, breweries, and distillery are perfect examples of this. Sip a glass of wine while sitting in a rocking chair overlooking the vineyards and watch the sun set. Try local brews using sweet potatoes or watermelons from nearby farms. See the corn growing that will be used to make a batch of legal moonshine. All this, and more, in Johnston County, North Carolina. Find out all the details at beerwineshinetrail.com and contact our staff for a FAM trip to experience and write about it yourself.


Suggested Itinerary For Media FAM

Day One

Begin your Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail exploration in the Southern part of the county near Benson...please be sure to have a designated driver....and stop for some truly local cuisine, eastern NC Barbecue.  Choose to write about our Sip & Stay weekend package with hotel discounts and gift bag which includes additional offers and coupons from our destination partners.  See details HERE!

Broadslab Distillery
4682 NC Hwy 50 S., Benson, NC 27504

Broadslab Distillery products have captured, not only the true heritage of the region's famed moonshine, but have also preserved the craft, skills, and techniques of over five generations of the Norris family. Products are available in area ABC stores and are being featured in several restaurants around the state.  Visitors can take a tour of the distillery and enjoy a tasting -- NC law now allows visitors to buy one bottle per year on site at the distillery.

Stephenson's BBQ
11964 NC Hwy 50 N, McGee's Xrds.
Conveniently located between Benson and on the way to Gregory Vineyards, you will find Stephenson's BBQ, where they continue to smoke pork shoulders in a fire-pit.  Enjoy a basket of hushpuppies while you wait!

Gregory Vineyards
275 Bowling Springs Dr., Angier, NC 27501

A great place to relax, taste some wine, or hold a wedding or reception. Take a tour of the picturesque vineyards. This 120-acre working farm, vineyards, water front locations and winery for all of your venue needs. Enjoy sitting by the fireplace or grab a rocker on the front porch.

Day Two

Start your day at one of the top Muscadine Vineyards in the state of NC, and enjoy the beautiful vistas and very tasty wines.  If you happen to need to do some shopping (many of our visitors do!), stop by Carolina Premium Outlets in Smithfield, where you will find national name brands offering 25-65% off retail, every day!

Hinnant Family Vineyards
826 Pine Level- Micro Rd., Pine Level, NC 27568

Award-winning vintner, Bob Hinnant, invites you to take a gander at the oldest and largest Muscadine vineyard in the state, sprawling 75 acres growing several varieties of grapes. After enjoying the tasting, shop around in the gift shop for homemade jellies and juices.

Suggestions for lunch:  Parkside Cafe in Pine Level, located near Hinnant's or drop by Holt Lake BBQ and Seafood back in Smithfield...you can't go wrong with either choice!

Double Barley Brewing
3174 Hwy 70 W., Smithfield, NC 27577

Taste a vast variety of craft beers in the lounge area or outside in the beer garden. These flavorful brews, with witty names, will leave you wanting more.

Deep River Brewing Company
700 W. Main St., Clayton, NC 27520

Johnston County's first legal brewery opened in 2013. Utilizing locally grown materials for their craft beer, Deep River Brewery is up and coming in the North Carolina craft beer scene.

Come back again! Our partners along the Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail offer seasonal wines, craft beers, and special events throughout the year!  Please don't let this trip be your last..join our media email list or subscribe to our weekly BLOG.

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