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What is the big blue barn built within the past year near the Rose Hill exit of I-40?

Jim Ware
Blue barn

The big blue barn that can be seen from Interstate 40 near the Rose Hill exit is part of the Duplin Winery. (Photo courtesy of the Duplin Winery)

The barn is part of the Duplin Winery in Rose Hill. Here’s what Christy Farrelly of the Duplin Winery had to say about the barn:

“As you know, Duplin Winery was started in the early 1970s by the Fussell Family. Back in those days they used to deliver cases of wine on a converted hog trailer. Today, Duplin Winery is the largest winery in the south and the largest Muscadine winery in the world. We produce over 1.5 million gallons of wine each year and sell over 335,000 cases. Duplin wines are a top 25 wine in Walmart stores nationwide, even with limited Walmart stores carrying the wines in only seven states!

“Duplin Winery is family owned and run, and built on the core principles of hard work, integrity and a business philosophy of family. Five years ago, David Fussell Sr., who co-founded Duplin Winery with his brother, Dan, purchased 43.5 acres at exit 380 and begin planting vineyards and cultivating the property. His dream is to leave a legacy of Duplin, provide an Eastern North Carolina destination, be able to accommodate the growing visitors to Duplin Winery and provide an experience for all Duplin fans – old and new. Currently, Duplin Winery welcomes nearly 100,000 visitors to their Rose Hill location. The blue barn has been built and is being used as the administrative offices of Duplin Winery.

“An expanded winery facility, retail room, and events center will break ground in 2012 on the 43.5 acres at exit 380. The property will eventually house the winery, and a resort/spa.

“Every inch of the development is designed around the natural elements found in North Carolina. The formal and informal landscape, walkways and vineyards are filled with native plants, flowers, trees, vines, and wildlife.

“Visitors can expect to relax and discover North Carolina as they stroll through the unique collection, with wooden bridges crossing native stocked ponds and lakes. For the novice or the experienced nature-lover, the 43.5-acre site will offer a world of learning and discovery.

“In addition to the blue barn, we also have built an intimate outdoor amphitheater which was used minimally this year for a series of events, such as Duplin’s Annual Grape Stomp. In 2012, we plan on hosting several events at the new location, including concerts, grape stomp, and more. While the expanded facility is being built, visitors can still experience our free daily tours and tastings, dine at The Bistro and participate in a variety of Dinner Theater and events at the Rose Hill location on Sycamore Street.”

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