Fussell's family began growing muscadine grapes in the 1950's and 60s. At that time, the grapes were sent from their vineyards up to the Finger Lakes region of New York to be blended into varietals crafted in New York wine country.
In 1975, a business structure change at their New York grape buyer forced the family to change their business model. The change was significant - they started making their own wines in Rose Hill, North Carolina. It was the genesis of Duplin Winery.
Today, Duplin grows their grapes in four states and processes them in North and South Carolina. The bottle with the light house on the label is recognized across the southeast and beyond. Duplin Winery is renown for its award-winning, dry, sweet-style wines and in 2015 is on target to sell over 400,000 cases.