Deep Water is a name with many meanings, first and foremost you'll hear the term deep water in the Lowcountry as coveted access beyond the pluff mud of the marsh. We also, honestly, as owners of a winery feel a little bit overwhelmed so you could say we're in deep water.
But really, if you pressed Jesse or Andrea, they would say that the name "Deep Water" embodies their view of this short life. That we are not meant to wade in the shallows of the shore, but are meant to dive deep and maybe feel the weight of water over your head and depth of water beneath your feet, but ultimately know you've tried something bigger than yourselves - and, if you're truly fortunate, float satisfactorily on top of the deep for awhile.
The wine itself is one of the only truly native grapes to the US, and we embrace it. Remaining true to our predecessors Southern roots, we grow muscadine grapes, a fruit native to the Southeastern United States. We produce authentic muscadine wine, five different labels from four varieties of grapes (we've provided the Irvin-House Vineyard name for ease of finding your favorite):
Previously known as "Mullet Hall". Our dry red wine, made with the Ison Muscadine grape, is fruity and fully flavored; try it while enjoying your favorite low-country farm to table fare.
Previously known as "Palmetto". Our light-bodied red wine, made from the Noble grape, has a robust Muscadine flavor and nose; making it perfect to enjoy while watching the tide roll in.
Previously known as "Tara Gold". Our semi-dry smooth white wine is made from the Tara Scuppernong grape - best enjoyed sittin' on the dock of the bay, you know... wastin' time.
Previously known as "Magnolia". This sweet white wine is made from the Carlos Scuppernong grape; this wine reminds us of kicking your shoes off and enjoying an endless summer.
Deep Water Blend
Previously known as "Live Oak Reserve". Uniquely created each year, this wine showcases the versatility of our grapes; enjoy early and often, there's more next year.
LOOKING TO PURCHASE OUR WINE IN YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS?
Below is a list of some of the local stops that you can stop buy and pick up your favorite Deep Water wine, or call us and we'd be happy to ship to you:
Charleston - Market Street Winery
Edisto Island - Green Boat Discount Liquor
James Island - Toddy Shop
Johns Island - J&R Liquors
Goose Creek - Port City Liquors
Mount Pleasant - Bottles and Boone Hall Farm Store
West Ashley - Total Wine
Other Wines and Unique Blends
In addition to our 100% South Carolina grown and bottled wines, we also offer the product of a partnership we have with a grower in California. This allows us access to grapes we cannot effectively grow here, we ship them in from California before vinting and bottling them based on lots of "market research" (read: tasting, tasting, and more tasting). We're proud to offer an increasing list of these viniferous grape single varietals and blends.
Driftwood - this wine is vinted with toasty barrel chips to get a smoky flavor that draws out the fruit tannins in the tara and chardonnay grapes, while still offering a buttery smoothness and clear finish. If you like oaked chardonnays or sipping bourbon, this wine may be your new best friend.
Chardonnay - our straight chardonnay wine offering, we've enhanced the acidity in this wine a bit to give it more depth across the middle, it is a true unoaked chardonnay for those who may find some muscadine flavors too full or fruity.
Sea Island Red - another unique blend, this wine pairs the noble muscadine grape with a reserve cabernet sauvignon which lends for a sweetness on the nose and front of the wine, a dryness from the cabernet in the middle, and ends with a snap of sweet to leave you wanting more.
Cabernet Sauvignon - our straight cabernet sauvignon offering, vinted a bit longer to draw out depth of flavor, this wine is still young but should age well. It is dry throughout and should appeal to those who tend to prefer bold reds.
Every Saturday from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m, we are proud to offer food and music to entertain all of our visitors. It's hard to find food on Wadmalaw Island and we understand! We want to make sure you enjoy your tastings with some food in your stomach, while you eat you can listen to local musicians and enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the vineyard. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your smile - you're bound to have a great time.
See the calendar for upcoming events and Facebook for planned food and music so you can plan your weekend wine-down!
You've known our address at the end of Bears Bluff Road as "Irvin House Vineyard" for over a decade. Jim and Ann Irvin have been instrumental in transitioning their retirement dream into our lifelong dream, and we will forever be grateful. Nestled among the majestic live oaks on Charleston's back porch of Wadmalaw Island, this 48-acre winery and vineyard has something for everyone. We are the only domestic winery in Charleston, South Carolina and should be on the top of your list when visiting the Lowcountry.
A local and visitor favorite, we grow and harvest the grapes as well as make and bottle our wines all on site. You'll find us about 30 minutes south of Charleston, on the sleepy island of Wadmalaw. Our vineyard offers walking trails, many animals to get to know, a garden, a large pond, the winery (of course), our gift shop, and Firefly distillery. Prepare to spend a few hours, or a full day enjoying a walk through the vines; or take advantage of our affordable and informative wine tastings. Whether you’re a large group or intimate couple, the vineyard has plenty of things to do.
We encourage families to bring picnics along with blankets and chairs so you can sit back and truly relax. Animals are allowed to visit us as long as they are leashed. We're open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To inquire about the vineyard and our tastings, email us at email@example.com.
About Jesse and Andrea
Jesse and Andrea are transplants to the south, but don't let that fool you. They both embrace the hospitality and southern charm that embodies the mystique of Lowcountry living. In 2012, after having enough snow to last them several lifetimes, they began a search for somewhere that they could raise their three young boys with adventure, intrigue, and purpose. The search was over when they visited South Carolina. Two years after moving south they were dared by some friends to inquire about Irvin-House Vineyard. The rest, as they say, is history. Jesse and Andrea feel incredibly blessed and are continually humbled by Jim and Ann's transition of this property and we hope everyone who has grown to love this winery will continue to visit and help us take the next steps as we dive deep and re-brand it as Deep Water Vineyard.
We'd love to have you visit! When you do, we have lots for you to experience, and more to come in the near future. We have an entire 48 acres for you to explore on your own, with friends or loved ones, or as a family.
We are proud to offer different types of transportation and tours to accommodate you.
Grab a ride
Forget the hassle of driving and ride with David
Our relationship with Holy City Transportation is long-standing and we feel fortunate to have the best driver in the low-country. Born and raised here, David knows how to create a day that features the best of Charleston county, whether it's a day trip to the vineyard, a stop at the Angel Oak, or fun on a Sea Island Tour. Check out his Facebook page for testimonials and a glimpse at some the fun adventures he can take you on. Call him at (843) 364-5841 for all of your group transportation needs, you'll be glad you did!
Daily self-guided tours & tastings
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
For $7.00, you'll go on a "choose your own adventure" tour of our 9 wines, weaving your way through 5 tastes. And, since we value our employees being able to be spontaneous, you may have some surprise tastes as well (especially if you come during the week when we're not so busy). At the end you will receive a complimentary wine glass to remember your time at the vineyard. Guests are welcome to stroll through the 7 miles of vines in our vineyard as a self-guided tour.
Check out one of our partner tours, whether you're up for some history, adventure, or just want to sample some local wine, beer, or spirits - www.seaislandtours.com has you covered.
Below we have listed our four annual festivals.
For more information on what's happening at Deep Water Vineyard or to book a private tasting for your birthday, bachelorette party, company group or any occasion at all, check out our Facebook page.
- Kick off the Summer with our dog-friendly festival we call "Vino PAWlooza" - scheduled for May 20th, 2017
- Our popular Lucille Ball character contest marks the start the fall with our Grape Stomp Festival - taking place in August 2017
- We bless the vines for the dormant season at our Boots, Bottles, and a Blessing Festival, one that is very special for us - November 2017
- Paying homage to the lowcountry, we feature an oyster roast with local craft brews and oysters - February 2018
We recommend planning ahead for the festivals, and any weekend you plan to join us, there are many nearby lodging options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you'll find answers to (hopefully) everything you're wondering about visiting our vineyard. if something important is missing below, please email or call us, thank you!
Are Dogs allowed?
Of course, don't leave poor Fido at home! We love our four-legged friends, especially "Irish" and "Luca", our resident winery pups. They can often be found wherever there is food. We do ask that your dogs remain on leashes and that you pick up after your pet, to make it easier we have a conveniently located doggie waste station near our bunny cages on the side of the distillery. As an even bigger testament to our love of dogs, your dogs are welcome to join you in the tasting room, if you'd like. We do have a community water dish for animals to stay hydrated during the day.
where is the best place to grab lunch?
Well, you're in luck! While there aren't any restaurant options on Wadmalaw Island, a caterer has offered to provide us with lunch options for all of our guests. If you visit us during the week we have fruit and cheese trays to compliment our beautiful wines. If you wander over to us on a Saturday, we offer a variety of food available from a local food truck. They typically have anything from sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, tacos, nachos, etc. There's something for everyone in your party and it's all made fresh to order.
Why muscadine wine?
It's pretty simple, actually, muscadines are one of the only grapes native to the US, and the first one ever cultivated here. They thrive in the heat and humidity of the south and grow into large and sweet fruit. We realize that the typical encounter with muscadine wine is syrupy-sweet, but we find that some of our most popular wines are those we have blended to be more dry. Whether this is your first experience with the "super grape" called muscadine, or you grew up with them growing wild in your backyard; we encourage you to try our take on muscadine wine; we think you'll be surprised.