NEWBERRY — Baby grapes are clinging to the vines at Enoree River Winery off S.C. 34 in Newberry.
That means it’s almost time for Budding in the ‘Berry, a community wine tasting event coming up May 18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This event, held at 1650 Dusty Road, is more than wine and cheese, according to Richard LaBarre, co-owner of Enoree River Winery.
He and his wife encourage craftspeople to come set tables up and sell their wares at the festival.
Though they are looking broaden the festival a bit with crafts and music, at its heart is the wine.
For around six and a half years Richard LaBarre and his wife, Laura, have owned and operated Enoree River Winery.
Wines they serve include pomegranate, plum, strawberry, Chardonnay and a Riesling.
At Enoree they grow Carlos and Noble Muscadines which are turned into wine.
Due to South Carolina’s climate, though, the LaBarre’s must buy juice concentrate to use for many of their wines since they cannot grow the fruit here.
The winery held a tasting in October for a harvest festival and the event drew around 200 people.
The May 18 event is the same format as the harvest festival, with three bands to entertain and with food on hand. Music is provided by Doug and Bunny Williams, Third Generation, and Munson Summer’s Severus Smooth Jazz Trio.
Festival goers are asked to bring a chair and prepare for a laid back afternoon of wine sampling and socializing.
After the tastings, wine will be available by the glass or by the bottle.
For $15 people receive a souvenir wine glass and ten tickets good for ten wine tastings. People ages seven-20 get in for $7 and those under seven are admitted free.
City Scape Winery also will be on hand selling wine making supplies for hobbyists. City Scape supplies Enoree Vineyards with some of its concentrate and with juice in 55-gallon drums.
Newberry Dining service under the leadership of Executive Director Nick Testa will provide the food to accompany the wine, a partnership Richard says he enjoys using year after year.
Though the event is for the Newberry community, it brings in people from surrounding counties as well.
“When we do a living social event (like this) the main area we draw from is Chapin, Lexington and Irmo,” Richard LeBarre said.
He said they may add new wrinkles to future festivals, such as a wine making portion but that remains to be seen.
Instead the festival provides respite in a fast paced society so people can relax for an hour or so in the shade of the winery and take time to just be.
For more information about the winery or about showing crafts at the festival contact LeBarre at 276-2855.
The winery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. They have an extended Sunday schedule for the Budding in the ‘Berry, staying open until 7 p.m.