If you’re looking to enjoy an adult beverage or two during your vacation in Hilton Head, we know just the place! Our island is home to a number of popular destinations where you can sample locally made spirits and maybe even get a behind-the-scenes look at how they are made. To help you make the most of your next getaway, we have put together a guide to the distilleries, wineries, and breweries in Hilton Head.
1. Hilton Head Distillery
Hilton Head Distillery is the island’s number one spot for artisanally crafted rum and vodka. All of the distillery’s spirits are made from fresh molasses (sourced from Savannah, GA) according to age-old distillation techniques. The distillery prides itself on measuring, cutting, and blending each and every small batch of liquor by hand.
Visitors to Hilton Head Distillery will find a great tasting room where they can sample flights of rum and vodka. Alternately, guests can enjoy the distillery’s spirits as delicious cocktails. Each tasting experience costs $15 per person and includes a souvenir shot glass that you can take home with you. If you book your tasting online, you can get $3 off by using the code VOYAGE.
As of June 9, 2018, Hilton Head Distillery is not giving distillery tours due to ongoing renovations. In 2019, the distillery will unveil “The Bridge,” a private area where visitors can learn all about the distilling process.
2. Island Winery
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Anyone who enjoys a nice glass of red, white, or rose, will definitely want to schedule a trip to the Island Winery! This popular spot offers daily wine tastings for just $5 per person. If you end up purchasing a bottle of wine, your tasting fee is refunded! Guests who buy three or more bottles of wine can also help themselves to the winery’s complimentary cheese platter.
Island Winery is owned and operated by Loren and Georgene Mortimer, college sweethearts who fell in love with wine (and each other) when attending school in the Finger Lakes Wine region of New York State. Georgene, who has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, drew upon her scientific background to develop her winemaking process.
3. Hilton Head Brewing Company
A stop at Hilton Head Brewing Company is a must for beer lovers! This awesome microbrewery offers a great selection of small-batch beers, including IPAs, porters, a pilsner, a Weizenbock, and a Dark Czech Lager. Guests can enjoy these beers at the brewery’s taproom, along with a bite to eat from their limited (but tasty) bar menu.
If you want to learn more about the brewing process, you can schedule a fun tour of the facility. Tours are $10 per adult and include one pint. The admission for kids aged 10 or older is $6 and includes a soda. Hilton Head Brewing Company, Island Winery, and Hilton Head Distillery are all conveniently located just a short walk from one another on Cardinal Road!
Where to Stay in Hilton Head
When you stay with Hilton Head Properties Realty & Rentals, you will be near all of these wonderful distilleries, wineries, and breweries in Hilton Head. Our vacation rentals come with your choice of excellent amenities, including fully furnished kitchens, outdoor grills, private swimming pools, flat screen TVs, and internet access. With everything from 1 bedroom properties to 7 bedroom properties, we are guaranteed to have the perfect accommodations for your escape. To start planning your vacation, browse our selection of Hilton Head vacation rentals!