Island Winery

About

Hilton Head Island's premiere winery. All wines are made right here on Hilton Head. We specialize in offering a unique selection of wines, wine and cheese pairings and our famous Happy Hour.

Location Description

Located in the heart of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Features

  • A passion for world class wines.

Additional Information

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Average Bottle Price

$ 18

Winemaker

Georgene grew up in a big Italian family where home winemaking was a way of life. Naturally when she and Loren started a family they continued the tradition. "It was a great way for the family to spend time together," Georgene remarked, "the kids used to love getting messy crushing and pressing the grapes." In the spring of 2000, Loren and Georgene decided to turn their family pastime into a family business and started their own winery, Westfall Winery, at the Mortimer family's historic Westfall Farm in Montague, NJ.

Georgene Mortimer used her background in biology, geology and her PhD in Environmental Science to perfect their wine making skills and soon they began to produce award-winning wines.

Being that Westfall Winery was a seasonal business and was closed in the winter, Loren and Georgene would spend the cold winters in their favorite vacation place, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Falling in love with this beautiful Island community, Loren and Georgene opened Island Winery in 2006. Currently they divide their time between Westfall and Island WInery.

Practices & Techniques

The first and most important lesson that all winemakers are taught is that "Great Wines Begin in the Vineyard". Here at Island Winery we travel the world to bring back the best fruits for our wines. Once the fresh grapes or fruit arrive at the winery we get to work.

Crushing:

The fresh fruit is loaded into our automatic crusher/destemmer. This machine gently crushes the grapes and removes the stems without breaking the grape seeds. Crushed or broken grape seeds will make the wine bitter.

Fermentation:

Once the grapes are crushed the sugar, acid and Ph levels are checked and adjusted if needed. Yeast and nutrients are then added to the must. Must is the term used to describe the crushed grapes. There is a very large selection of wine yeasts to choose from based on the type of grapes and what characteristics the winemaker would like to enhance or reduce. For example, one yeast will be selected to bring out the fragrant aroma of a white wine, while another yeast might be selected to tone down a vegetal taste, which is common in grapes like Merlot or Syrah. The wines are stirred constantly during the 1 to 2 week fermentation period.

Pressing:

The fermentation is complete when all of the sugar is converted to alcohol. Once this is achieved the grapes are loaded in the grape press. The press squeezes all of the juices out of the wine leaving behind the skins and seeds. The newly formed wine is now ready for the aging process.

Aging:

The amount of time a wine is aged depends on the type of fruit. The fruit wines that make up our Low Country Specialty Wines such as Peach, Apple, Cranberry and Orange are aged only for a few months. This gives them just enough time to let the flavors mellow a bit but still remain fresh and fruity tasting. White wines are aged for about a year. Our fruit wines and white wines are aged in stainless steel tanks, and our red wines are aged in oak barrels.

Our red wines are aged for a minimum of 18 months to 2 years depending on the type of grapes. We use a combination of French and American oak barrels and decide which barrels to use based on the type of grapes. To learn more about the wine aging process please join us for a barrel tasting.

Bottling & Labeling The Wines:

Once the wines are ready they are carefully hand-bottled on our bottling line. If you happen to visit the winery during a bottling day you can observe the process. Our unique labels are also applied by hand.

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Hours

Monday - Saturday: 12:30 – 5:30 pm Sun - 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Address

12A Cardinal Road
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29926
United States

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