Donkeys, peacocks, and gin, oh my! This Elizabethtown winery has more than just wine

Take a stroll through Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and you'll find that it's much more than just that.

Take a stroll through Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and you’ll find that it’s much more than just that.

In addition to their four acres of vineyard, they also have 20 acres of animals including miniature horses, miniature donkeys, llamas, and even a couple peacocks.

They’re also home to one of the biggest collections of art done by celebrities, Southeastern North Carolina’s only distillery, and the list goes on and on.

Tourists call it Bladen County’s hidden gem.

Alex Munroe took over the property in 2014. It started out as just a venue for events to be held but it soon turned into the vineyard and winery and much more.

Munroe has collected artwork that has been done by celebrities for most of his life so he felt he had to incorporate that in the property.

“As a little kid, I was on a plane to New York City and Dean Smith happened to be on the plane and I went up to him and got his autograph and never forgot how friendly he was to me,” Munroe said. “So since then I started collecting autographs and different things by celebrities.”

They also have 12 charming cottages on the property if you want to stay the night.

“So people said, ‘Okay, you’ve got such a beautiful facility, what if we come out here and want to stay?’” Munroe said. “We decided to build small cottages that are 400 to 900 square feet. Nicely appointed so people can come out, stay, have a glass of wine, spend the night, relax, listen to some good music and stay the night and then go back to Wilmington or Myrtle Beach or wherever the next day.”

And let’s not forget about the wine of course.

Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery makes a sweet muscadine wine that is made on the property from the four acres of muscadine grapes.

If it’s gin that you’re looking for, they’ve got that as well.

They are the only licensed distillery in the region and they currently make a maritime gin product that is sold is most ABC Stores across the state.

Munroe describes the theme of the place as “art and fun.”

“I think it’s a great place to come out and have a glass of wine, walk around, see some great artwork,” Munroe said. “It’s just a place you can go and really enjoy things that would normally take you to big cities to see.”

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