Fast-forward to over forty years later.
Two brothers from the next generation are rocking on a porch, recalling their childhood and the early years of Duplin Winery. But this porch is in North Myrtle Beach, SC at the new winery they had worked hard to open in the summer of 2015.
These brothers, Dave Fussell Jr. and Jonathan Fussell, now run the family business allowing their father and uncle to finally relax and enjoy the sweeter side of life.
Dave and Jonathan’s childhood memories are filled with watching their grandfather, father and uncle give everything they had to make Duplin Winery successful for their families; while also delivering a delicious, sweet wine that people would love.
Still relaxing on the porch, a big grin grows on Jonathan’s face, drawing the attention of his older brother. Jonathan turns to his big brother and says, “I tell you what, we’ve been so lucky and so blessed. But, the best thing I like to remember is what Big D always said was most important, make the pretty girls smile.”
Dave glances over at his brother and does what he normally does, corrects him. “No, that’s… make sweet wines that make the pretty girls smile. To make WIIIIINES,” he drawls out.
Dave shakes his head with a laugh and continues, “Big D and Dad always said, ‘Never forget where you come from. Always remember who you are. And treat people right, just like you want to be treated. And we’re going to keep on doing just that.”
Jonathan takes a sip of his wine and nods in agreement; thinking how far they have come. The wooden homemade grape presses, designed and built by Dan Fussell, Jr have long since been replaced with four, state of the art bladder presses, handling over 5,000 tons of grapes per season.
The buckets and plastic tanks for storing wine now pale in comparison to the 1.8-million-gallon capacity housed in looming stainless steel tanks in the facility in Rose Hill, NC and the hand bottling lines of yesteryear sit quietly in the corner beyond the rhythmic hums of lines producing over 40,000 bottles of wine each day.
Now that we’ve shared our tale, we would love for you to visit us at either of our retail locations in person, so we can treat you like our family.
Enjoy a unique wine tasting unlike any other you’ve ever experienced, there’s no pinky raisin’ allowed. Let us entertain you with funny stories, anecdotes and interesting facts about the family history and the wines. See wine being bottled by hand, just like Dan and David Sr. did back in the day.
Take a stroll through the beautiful building and find unique gifts and accessories, relax on the porch and enjoy live music during the summer. You may even get a hug from Dave or Jonathan if they are still sitting there.
Visit us at the original location in Rose Hill, NC, where the story began. Or, swing by our North Myrtle Beach location, located near Barefoot Landing. We’ll be waiting for you.
Stop by, say hello and discover why Life is Sweeter with Duplin.