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Tenner Brothers Winery — Patrick, South Carolina

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Tenner Brothers Winery

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

Tenner Brothers Winery Map

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14 Comments about Tenner Brothers Winery

Dan Deuel says:
March 27th, 2019 at 6:18 am

It’s a shame that this business closed. I just have good memories of making deliveries at the facility — I delivered CO2 (carbon dioxide) there several times. No mater what time of day or night, I was always treated with respect. Once after getting the bill of laden signed, I was treated to a sample. Good wine!

SC Picture Project says:
December 20th, 2018 at 9:18 pm

This is such fantastic information, thank you so much for taking the time to share it!

Rodney Dutton says:
December 20th, 2018 at 4:37 pm

The airport was a landing strip very close to the winery, used primarily by the GM from Petersburg VA (Wink Lanier) who visited from time-to-time by himself and with high ranking corporate visitors. Marvin Sands was the owner of Canandaigua Wine Company at the time, a very employee friendly businessman from Canandaigua NY ( a resort town in western NY). Richard and Robert are his sons who eventually took over the business (publicly traded now as STZ) and a company-owned Trucking Company was named Robert’s Trading Corp, now moved to a non-trucking part of the business.

SC Picture Project says:
December 16th, 2018 at 1:48 pm

Hey Ralph, we did a search and haven’t found any information just yet but we are always interested in discovering the unknown if possible. We’d love to see the photo, our email is, thank you!

Ralph O'Banion says:
December 15th, 2018 at 12:14 pm

I am researching information about “Robert’s Wine Company” in Patrick, South Carolina. My friend found a bottle of peach wine that his father bought back in the ’80s. Before pouring it out we decided to give it a try. It tasted like a well aged sherry, not a great one but drinkable, with a hint of peach. We thought it might interest any surviving members of the winery. If you have any information it would be appreciated. I have a photo I can send if interested.

Jimmy Bruce 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 Kidd 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.

SCIWAY says:
May 23rd, 2017 at 2:28 pm

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

Ron 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.

SCIWAY 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 Cross says:
May 21st, 2017 at 8:31 pm

The man who owns it lives there currently.

SCIWAY 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?

Lisa 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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