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Tenner Brothers Winery — Patrick, South Carolina

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The shell of this former winery stands in the Chesterfield County town of Patrick, the vats that once produced 500,000 gallons of wine now empty. Brothers Sal, Lukie, and Al Tenner established the business in neighboring Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1935. They moved the winery across the state border in 1953, attracted by a state tax incentive on wines made from South Carolina fruits. At the time, Tenner Brothers was the only winery in South Carolina.

Tenner Brothers Patrick

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In the mid-twentieth century the Tenner brothers owned the largest Scuppernong vineyard in the world, growing more than 300 acres of the grape. However, they also made wines from blackberries and peaches. By 1965 the vineyard and winery were acquired by the Canadaigua Wine Company, producers of the brand Wild Irish Rose.

Tenner Winery

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The demand for wine made locally in South Carolina was never strong, and the Tenner Brothers Winery closed in the 1990s. A few local wineries are currently in operation, though the Tenner Brothers facility stands vacant in Patrick, unused for two decades.

Tenner Brothers Winery

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Tenner Brothers Winery Info

Address: Hartsville-Ruby Road, Patrick, SC 29584
GPS Coordinates: 34.618804,-80.160345

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9 Comments about Tenner Brothers Winery

Jimmy BruceNo Gravatar says:
March 20th, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Oenophiles might recognize the elite vinicultural nomenclature “Richards Wild Irish Rose”. This is its original home from the 1960s(?). On Google there is still a listed a “Wild Irish Rose Airport” nearby and credited as owned by Tenner Brothers. An excellent source for information on Richards Wild Irish Rose is

Wayne KiddNo Gravatar says:
February 12th, 2018 at 5:54 pm

I remember when Sun Country wine coolers were made in Patrick, SC. There were the 12 oz bottles and the 2 liter sizes. Many flavored, cherry,peach,tropical. I think I must have sold a few hundred cases when I lived in Vidalia,GA and sold for Coleman Sales,Inc.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
May 23rd, 2017 at 2:28 pm

Thanks so much for this information, Ron! It is greatly appreciated.

RonNo Gravatar says:
May 22nd, 2017 at 8:07 am

The winery and all the land was auctioned off in 1999 or 2000. A company called the Land Center out of Camden purchased all of it for an investor. I was there representing them and placed the winning bid. The surrounding land was subdivided and sold off. When I left the company in 2001 the winery itself was still unsold and vacant. Not sure what became of it after that.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
May 21st, 2017 at 9:51 pm

Good to know, we were unaware, thank you for the information! Do you know if the building has had any major changes inside?

Gail CrossNo Gravatar says:
May 21st, 2017 at 8:31 pm

The man who owns it lives there currently.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
May 21st, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Not that we are aware of but that certainly sounds possible. Do you know when that was?

LisaNo Gravatar says:
May 21st, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Didn’t someone live there for a while?

Aaron Wyatt says:
March 27th, 2016 at 3:37 am

Thanks I've always wondered what this building was with the vats. I bike down in the Sandhills occasionally and was just by there today.


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