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Winery opens on Sniders Highway

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Lighthouse Winery and Vineyards recently opened with three fine wines already bottled for distribution and two more in the planning stage.

The business is owned and operated by Ralph and Ann Massenburg. The winery is located on 62 acres of land at 7826 Sniders Highway near Sniders Crossroads, just 6.2 miles west of the I-95 interchange. The winery has been in the planning stage for well over a year.

Ralph noted he included the word “vineyard” in the name of the business because he wants it made clear that he and Ann have grown and tended the grapes which are used for his wines on their own land and grapes are not grown elsewhere and shipped into South Carolina. He added he thinks that people who buy his wines will feel better knowing that the grapes used have been grown on the premises.

The vineyards cover about five acres of the property, and four varieties of grapes are grown. One variety is called Isoms, which can be used for both wine-making and consumption; Tara, a bronze grape also used for wine-making and consumption; Noble, which is a purple wine grape; and Carlos, which is a bronze wine grape.

  All of the varieties of grapes on the Massenburg’s property are of the muscadine species that grow well in the southeastern United States. The Massenburgs have been experimenting with wines as a hobby for the past several years, making and bottling what they have created. “Seven years ago, I planted some grape vines, made wine, and shared it with family and friends. I then thought that I might like to have a winery. I found this property, and now here we are.” Ralph said.

The three wines the winery offer for sale area white dry wine called “Ace Basin,” which is made from the Noble muscadine grape; a semi-sweet white wine called “Bessie;” and a red dessert wine called “Ella Teresa” “I named the third wine, Ella Teresa, after my mother,” Ralph said.

Two other wines will be offered for sale early next year. “One will by a dry red wine called Edisto, then we’ll produce a blend called Auntie Belle,” Ralph said. He added that non-alcoholic and wines and ciders are also offered for sale.

Besides wine, the business carries apple butter, peach butter, pumpkin butter, and muscadine butter. All of these spreads are meant to be bread on bread biscuits, rolls, and related edibles. Several kinds of preserves, jams, jellies, strawberry and muscadine-flavored syrups, black and corn salsa, and pickles are also offered for sale, as well as vinaigrette dressing. “We also carry a Bloody Mary mix made with bits of shrimp and crab-meat,” Ralph said. “If you don’t want to mix a drink with it, you can heat it and then serve it over pasta or rice.”

An array of grape-festooned jewelry and other jewelry and winery-related shirts are also offered at the winery.  The winery also sells gift bags, tote bags, magnets, cheese and hor dourve trays, cheese tools, bottle openers, stemware, dish towels, cocktail napkins, and a wine tool kit.

Business hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Massenburgs are looking forward to seeing anyone looking for good products, as well as friendly faces. For further information on the winery, call (843) 866-2125.