According to Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, in life we only need a loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou. What Khayyam may have neglected to tell you is how much better that wine tastes when ye and thou are at the beach. Therefore, your visit to Hilton Head Island should include a trip to one of the area’s local wineries (or distilleries, if your taste prefers). Here are a few that we recommend:

Hilton Head Distillery

If your taste runs bends toward the finer spirits, you might enjoy a trip to Hilton Head Distillery. Here you will find small batch crafted rum and vodka. Not convinced of the quality of their wares? Take a tour and experience the fine ingredients used in the process. Try a classic favorite or adventure into some unique new flavors.

Silver Dew Winery

As you head out to explore Daufuskie Island, be sure to make a stop at South Carolina’s first winery, which happens to also be the only winery on the island itself. Originally constructed in 1883 as a wick house for storing oil and wicks for streetlamps, Silver Dew now boasts a vineyard for touring as well as a gift shop where you can purchase the locally made wines.

Burnt Church Distillery

Just outside of Hilton Head is the historic Burnt Church Distillery, otherwise known as the Spirit of the Lowcountry. If you like a story behind the spirits you’re tasting, this should be on your list of educational stops. Find unique flavors in whiskey, gin, and vodka while also delving into the folklore of how Burnt Church Road got its name.


If you and your beloved are lucky enough to get away come down, make it a complete vacation with a jug (or bottle, or glass) of wine at these wineries and distilleries. You’re on your own for the loaf of bread!