Benjamin and I have only recently been introduced to wine, but we’ve come to enjoy an occasional glass after work. At the same time, we were painfully aware that we knew almost nothing about wine and had only tried (very) inexpensive brands from the local grocery store. We’ve mentioned several times that we ought to actually attend a class or wine tasting, and when I discovered that Greenville county has a winery in Pelzer, I knew right away that we’d be making a visit.
City Scape Winery was originally owned by Wayne and Anita Tamm, but they sold the winery to a young couple, Josh and Deb Jones, in 2015. Josh and Deb had first experimented with wine making as a mere curiosity, but over the years they began to really hone their craft, even making 125 bottles of wine for their own wedding. Since the Tamms had been acquainted with the Jones over the years and had followed their rise in expertise, they had little reservations in passing the baton.
Since then, Josh and Deb have traveled to wine-making heavyweights like Italy, Spain, and Portugal, as well as US wine hubs like the Napa Valley. At City Scape Winery, you’ll find an intimate establishment that feels more like a home than a stuffy winery. The shop is cozy yet stylish, with a beautiful patio outside overlooking the vineyard. The atmosphere is laid-back and inviting, with City Scape’s favorite pet, Pinot the Pig, and a group of friendly goats available for visits.
City Scape specializes in incorporating local fruits into their wines, and you’ll find seasonal wines such as the Blackberry Merlot or the Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc (so delicious that Benjamin and I brought a bottle home). You’ll find other unique blends like the Carolina Nights, featuring local Carolina muscadines, or the Müller-Thurgau, a mild German wine with a nectar-like taste.
City Scape is more than a producer of wines–they are a community hub. The place was brimming with people during our visit, some popping in for a quick purchase, some lingering for a tasting, while others wandered the grounds with a glass of their favorite wine. City Scape hosts regular events to promote community; coming up soon, they have a “Girls Night Out” event (Oct. 19) as well as a Farm-to-Table dinner (Oct. 6). Josh and Deb also offer one-on-one wine making classes for those who, like them at the beginning of their wine career, have an interest in making wine at home.
You can find City Scape wines at The Fresh Market (S. Pleasantburg and Woodruff locations) as well as many Greenville restaurants. Whether you’re local or not, you can always purchase their wines online, as well, though I would recommend stopping by the winery itself for a tasting (starting at only $6.95, which gives you about 9 wines to sample–a great deal!).