We three friends, the winemakers are,
come to the beach from places afar,
from north and south over river and mountain
following our dreams to the bar...
Lorraine and Duncan moved to Kill Devil Hills from Port St. Lucie FL by way of Fredericksburg,VA. Duncan is originally from Indiana and retired from management in manufacturing. He has been a home brewer for many years and is our beer mentor and shipping expert.
Lorraine came from the Hamptons on Long Island and has known John from high school days. She is retired from management in banking but also has experience as a travel agent.
John is originally from Lynchburg, VA and moved to NC in 2004. He is retired and is a volunteer counselor with SCORE. John manages the winery and our marketing. He and Lorraine have been making wine for over 15 years.
Since reuniting with John after 45 years and discovering we all had a passion for making wine, we decided to join forces, share information, ideas, and "Friendship Springs," our first wine brand was born. Just as the discussion had begun, John was at a restaurant and saw a sign that said "From wine, what sudden friendship springs", a quote from noted 17th century English poet and dramatist John Gay. When he told me about it I thought it was a 'sign' and perfect name for our venture.
Today, we are building a business "Outer Banks Winemakers, LLC", which includes our"Hop 'N GrapesOBX" retail store selling wine making and homebrew supplies and our own "OBX Winery" making a variety of nice table wines offered by the glass or bottle.