Deep Water is a name with many meanings. First and foremost you'll hear the term "deep water" in the Lowcountry as coveted access beyond the pluff mud of the marsh. We also, honestly, as owners of a winery, feel a little bit overwhelmed, so you could say we're in "deep water."
But really, if you pressed Jesse or Andrea, they would say that the name "Deep Water" embodies their view of this short life. That we are not meant to wade in the shallows of the shore, but are meant to dive deep and maybe feel the weight of water over our heads and depth of water beneath our feet, but ultimately know we've tried something bigger than ourselves -- and if we're truly fortunate, float satisfactorily on top of the deep for a while.
Jesse and Andrea are transplants to the south, but don't let that fool you. They both embrace the hospitality and southern charm that embodies the mystique of Lowcountry living. In 2012, after having enough snow to last them several lifetimes, they began a search for somewhere that they could raise their three young boys with adventure, intrigue, and purpose. The search was over when they visited South Carolina. Two years after moving south, they were dared by some friends to inquire about Irvin-House Vineyard. The rest, as they say, is history. Jesse and Andrea feel incredibly blessed and are continually humbled by Jim and Ann's transition of this property. They hope everyone who has grown to love this winery will continue to visit and help them take the next steps as they dive deep and re-brand it as Deep Water Vineyard.
The wine itself is made from one of the only truly native grapes to the US. From these naturally sweet muscadine grapes, a fruit native to the Southeastern United States, we produce authentic muscadine wine -- five different labels from four varieties of grapes. Our muscadine wine is going to be different from what you might be used to. We've found we can successfully remove sugar from the process to make some off dry versions that are incredibly fruit-forward, but without that sugary-sweetness that people associate with muscadines. Muscadines also have an extra set of chromosomes, which makes them incredibly high in anti-oxidants such as resveratrol. They are a super food that make an incredibly unique wine. We also make wine from variants from California as well as Chile and are moving into the popular fruit wine arena as well.
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