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Meet Our Friendly Staff

Our staff is just an extension of our Duplin Family! Each one brings their own ray of sunshine to our days. Here’s some fun facts about a few of them!


DAVE FUSSELL, JR., President of Duplin Winery
Dave attended Wallace-Rose Hill High School and graduated from East Carolina University. He came home to work with his family at Duplin Winery. He started part time as a child and came to work with full time when he graduated in 1990. Dave became the President of Duplin Winery in 1993. Dave has been at the helm of the winery as it experienced tremendous growth, gaining national recognition with Hot Brands and Fast Track awards.

Dave married Angie Myrick in 1994 and they have one son, Grayson, born in 1998. Dave loves to help coach baseball and loves to watch any sport!

Fun Facts!
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
A long Leaf pine, standing straight in a storm.
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
A Boston Terrior, big bark, but lively and friendly.
If you were a Star Wars character, which one would it be?
Hans Solo
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Pepsi Next
What is the last book you read?
Command Authority by Tom Clancy. I am a huge fan
Explain a database?
What’s a database?
What is your favorite song?
Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Dumb Luck
If you could trade places with someone for a week?
I would trade with Dave Fussell, Jr the week of April 20th, 1993- when I first met Angie.
(ok, we here you guys going awwwww)


JONATHAN FUSSELL, President of Duplin Wine Family
Jonathan attended Wallace- Rose Hill High School and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1998. After graduating with a degree in History, he came to work with his family at Duplin Winery. He has been working here as a child and was hired for the first time in 1996. Jonathan took the reins of the Retail division and has witnessed remarkable growth over the years. The property has expanded several times over the years to accommodate the growing numbers of visitors. Jonathan and his brother, Dave, are anxiously anticipating their next big expansion to Myrtle Beach. This has been a dream of both of the brothers since they began their working relationship well over a decade ago.

Jonathan married Leah McDonald in May of 2000 and they have one son, Ayden, born in 2003 and a daughter, Camryn, born in 2007. He loves coaching kids, spending time with his family and talking to his wife. If there is free time after that, he likes to play golf and drive the boat out in the ocean and pretend to fish. He really just likes looking at the ocean and seeing God’s creation. This gives him a chance to get away from the pressures of life.

Fun Facts!
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
An Oak, standing tall and mighty.
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
Carly the winery cat; She gets everything she wants- and attention from everyone!
If you were a Star Wars character, which one would it be?
Luke Skywalker … My all-time favorite movie
If you were a Star Trek character, which one would it be?
Captain Kirk- I always thought he was cool and collected.
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Probably a lot of spoiled food would be in my fridge. We have been out of town!
What is the last book you read?
Sam Walton
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Jesus. I would want to know what heaven was really like. I look forward to seeing it one day.
What is your favorite song?
Hotel California by the Eagles
How would you like to be remembered?
I would like to be remembered as a good father and husband.
What was the last movie you went to see?
Sherman and Peabody


MORGAN JACKSON, General Manager
Morgan grew up in in Lillington, NC and attended Harnett Central High School in Angier, before attending Campbell University. She spent several years in the banking industry and quickly learned that she loved being around both people and business. While working with Duplin Winery part time with events and off site shows, learned that she loved the company, family, and product! After much prayer and discussion with family, she decided to move to Rose Hill and join the Duplin family full time in February of 2003.

Morgan met her husband Art in Feb of 2002 and they were married on March 25 2007 … the best day of his life! ;) They have 2 big fluffy babies … Sophie & Izzy (our Shih Tzu and their lovable Mutt!)

Their joys in life include a niece they love to watch dance and a nephew they love to be “baseball aunt” and ” baseball uncle” to.

Fun Facts!
If you were a tree what kind of tree would you be?
I would love to be the Oak Tree … the symbol of strength & courage​
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
Dog … particularly my dog, Sophie.  She is treated like a Queen! 
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Diet Coke & Duplin Burgundy Wine
What is the last book you read?
Heaven is For Real (I’ve read it twice!  Ready to watch the movie!)​
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living
or dead, real or fictional. With whom would it be?
Jesus​
What was the last movie you went to see?
It’s been so long … I can’t remember! Had to be something with my niece and nephew​
What is your favorite song?
Victory in Jesus​

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I would love to fly
What makes you angry?
Dishonesty​
How long could you go without talking?
Days … and my husband would LOVE IT!​

BILL HATCHER, Vice President of Sales
Bill Hatcher, (title) graduated from Westside High School in Anderson, SC and attended Clemson University. Bill started in the wine business as a utility worker fir Better Beer and Wine Company in 1978 and worked through the system becoming the General Manager of the largest branch in Greenville, SC.

Bill started working with Empire Distributors in Raleigh, in NC in 1978 as a sales manager and was promoted to General Sales Manager in 1988 and General Manager in 1990.

He began working with Duplin Winery in s2002 as Vice President of Sales, becoming a member of the Board of Directors in 2010. He has been a member of the NC Wine and Grape Council since 2004.

Bill has one daughter, Meredith and a step son, James Graves. He is married to Renee and currently resides in Raleigh.

Fun Facts!
If you were a tree what kind of tree would you be?
Tea Olive
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
Tiger
If you were a Star Trek character which one would it be?
Will Riker
If you were a Star Wars character?
Chewy
What would we find in your fridge right now?
Diet Tea
What is your favorite song?
Happy
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your powers to be?
Flying
If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Bigger house and savings
How do you want to be remembered?
As a good provider for my family
What kind of people do you dislike?
Liars
What makes you angry?
Ignorance
How long could you go without talking?
Not a minute!


JASON BRYAN, Winemaker
Jason attended Wallace- Rose Hill High School and graduated from East Carolina University. He came to work with Duplin Winery, part time in 1992 and advanced to full time in 1996. He trained with founder, David Fussell, Sr. and became the lead wine maker for Duplin in 2002.
Under Jason’s tenure, the winery has grown from approximately 25,000 cases in 1996 to over 360,000 today.
Jason in married to Kristy Judge and they have 2 children. Jason and Kristy currently live in Wallace, NC.

Fun Facts!
If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?
An Oak
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
A Lion
If you were a Star Wars character, which one would it be?
Luke
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Hatteras Red
What is the last book you read?
Heaven is for Real
What was the last movie you went to see?
Wolf of Wall Street
What is your favorite song?
The Way It Is, by Bruce Hornsby and the Range
If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet, what would you want?
I would want for them to get off my lawn. I don’t want anybody or anything to be landed or driven in my yard.
If you could be a superhero, what would want your superpowers to be?
Flying
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
Econo-man!