Travel from wineries to breweries and also get a taste of moonshine along the Beer, Wine and Shine Trail!
In 2009, four award-winning wineries and tasting rooms joined together to form the Muscadine Heritage Wine Trail and today it has expanded and been renamed the JoCo Beer, Wine, and Shine Trail to include our new breweries and distilleries in the county. Experience the trail along our rural roads past tobacco, cotton, and corn fields or stop at a local farmer's market and take home fresh locally grown produce. We suggest you enhance your visit by spending the night and enjoy exploring more of our agricultural history here in the county. Area hotels offer discounts and packages for visitors taking a tour along the trail.
Learn more about the owners and winemakers, the history of the farms and the families that have been here for centuries, and what makes each winery in Johnston County unique. Sample the wines and make your own personal notes because, after all, wine tasting is as personal as wine making. Our wineries host events year round, so we encourage you to return often!
Our brew masters will give you a tour of their facilities and share the unique blends, and creative names behind their craft beers. Breweries are offering up food trucks, as well as, some light food selections and often there is live music or special events taking place. Our new BWST brochure offers visitors immediate gratification with coupon offers from our trail partners as well as local restaurants and attractions.
Here's a short bio on stops along the JoCo spirit trail.
275 Bowling Springs Dr. • Angier
919-894-7700 or www.gregoryvineyards.com
This picturesque 135 acre working farm showcases hill of planted vineyards, a winery, a distillery and a tasting room open seven days a week. Please visit Doctor Lane Gregory and his merry wine makers. Enjoy a taste of double gold winning Mary Elizabeth, double gold winning Lee Love or other award-winning wines. Relax while sitting by the fireplace or grab a rocker on the front porch. The two-generation Gregory family has the tasting room open Monday thru Saturday 11am- 6pm and Sundays 1pm- 6pm.
Hinnant Family Vineyards
826 Pine Level- Micro Rd. • Pine Level
919-965-3350 or www.hinnantvineyards.com
The Hinnant Family Vineyards staff invite you to take a gander at the oldest and largest Muscadine vineyard in the state, sprawling 100 acres. In the tasting room sip on double gold winning Electric Pelican, Bob's wine of choice! The two-generation Hinnant family has the tasting room open Monday thru Saturday 10am- 6pm and Sundays 1pm- 5pm.
Deep River Brewing
700 W. Main St. • Clayton
919-585-2296 or www.deepriverbrewing.com
Johnston County's first legal brewery opened in April of 2013. Many of their beers include locally sourced vegetables, fruits, hops, and grain. The historic space they occupy in downtown Clayton was a cotton spinning mill is brought back to life by utilizing old barn wood on the walls, mason jar lights, and whiskey barrels for tables. Deep River Brewing Company has become a staple for locals and is perfect for those looking to enjoy a fresh craft beer in a casual laid back atmosphere. Hours: Thursdays 5pm- 9pm, Fridays 4pm- 9pm, Saturdays 1pm- 9pm.
Double Barley Brewing
3174 US Hwy 70 W • Smithfield
919-934-3433 or www.doublebarleybrewing.com
Taste a vast variety of craft beers such as crowd favorite, Wilma's Wandering Eye PA. The rustic with modern twist taproom is the perfect relaxed environment with lounge area, patron bar, founders table and high top tables. Make sure to try new appetizers with your cold beer. The outdoor beer garden is shaded by trees and sun sails. Imagine listening to music while kicking back in comfy chairs and chilling out with your friends. Makes you want to hang out all day! Hours: Wednesday thru Friday 4pm- 10pm, Saturdays 1pm- 10pm, and Sundays 1pm- 6pm.
4834 NC Hwy. 50 South • Benson
919-207-1366 or www.broadslabdistillery.com
Broadslab has now opened the distillery to the public for tours. During one hour tours, visitors will learn about the all natural, handcrafted premium products, how and why they make them, and receive a free shot glass and tasting. Tour cost is $12. Visitors must be 21 and ID’s will be checked prior to the tasting. Children are welcome to join you, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Regular Tasting Room Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 12pm-5pm
Scheduled Tour Times: Thursday-Saturday: 12, 2 and 4pm