La Belle Amie Vineyard
Little River / North Myrtle Beach, SC
Home of Twisted Sisters Wines
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
October 5, 2020 – Status Update: According to the SC DHEC the percent positive Covid test rate remains in double digits at 13.8% and the number of Covid deaths in SC has surpassed 3,400. SC has almost as many Covid deaths as NC, a state with twice the population of SC.
With the flu season upon us and the number of national Covid deaths projected to be as high as 400,000+ Americans by year’s end, all events at La Belle Amie Vineyard for the remainder of the year have been canceled. When public health conditions substantially improve, La Belle Amie Vineyard will open for curbside pickup service. Until then, the wine shop and vineyard grounds will remain closed until further notice.
I have heard from many, many customers how tired they are of Covid and want/need La Belle Amie Vineyard to reopen. I, too, am beyond weary of Covid, and my ongoing monthly expenses are an ever present reminder of the economic pain Covid is causing not just me, but many others. But as tired as all of us are of Covid, Covid is not yet tired of or finished with us. Many thousands more will die from Covid in the coming months. Perhaps because Covid is an invisible enemy we simply underestimate or even disbelieve it. But the stark probability is that total US deaths from Covid in the pandemic’s first full year alone will most likely exceed all of the US military and civilian deaths (approx. 419,000) during four years of WW2. That is sobering, and sad.
I implore all to use the only tools you have to protect yourself and others from Covid. Keep your distance, wear your mask, and wash your hands. Stay super safe and I hope to see all at some time in the near future. Vicki, owner.
P.S. – Festival Club Memberships will be extended by the amount of time the wine shop and vineyard grounds remain closed. Gift Certificates do not bear expiration dates and will be valid anytime after we reopen.
July 22, 2020: According to the SC DHEC, the number of new covid cases for July will exceed 60,000 (not 45,000 as projected three weeks ago), and the average rate of new covid infection currently is 20%, or 1 in every 5 individuals tested. SC DHEC’s current estimate for new covid cases in August is 17,651 per week (or 78,000+ for the month.) It is heartbreaking to see this ongoing precipitous rise in covid cases. So unnecessary and avoidable. La Belle Amie Vineyard will remain closed at least through October. Keep your distance, wear your mask, wash your hands. Stay super safe! Vicki, Owner.
June 30, 2020: According to the SC DHEC, the number of new covid cases will increase to 45,000+ for July, and the average rate of new covid infection currently is 1 in every 6 individuals tested. La Belle Amie Vineyard will remain closed at least through August. Keep your distance, wear your mask, wash your hands. Stay super safe! Vicki, Owner.
June 17. 2020: According to the SC DHEC, the number of new daily covid cases substantially increased to 20,000 + each month, and the average rate of covid infection has doubled in the past two weeks. La Belle Amie Vineyard will remain closed at least through July. Keep your distance, wear your mask, wash your hands. Stay super safe! Vicki, Owner.
May 3, 2020: La Belle Amie Vineyard will remain closed until it is safe for our staff and customers to congregate. Social interaction among the customers, musicians, staff and us is the very core of our daily operations. Its what gives purpose and motivation for those who visit, and re-visit, La Belle Amie Vineyard. Our vineyard gatherings have been deeply gratifying to many for years.
But, covid infections and deaths are still occurring at an alarming rate, and the public health “protections” in place today are the same as existed on March 14, 2020, the last day we were open. Worse, the covid contagion is more pervasive today than seven weeks ago. During a time of increased risk of infection absent any public health protections how can we possibly re-open and not subject some or all of the hundreds who would socially gather here each day to this invisible killer?
We harbor hope that a vaccine/remedy will be developed so that society as we knew it can begin its resurgence. That may take many months, and we hate that it may be that long before we see you again. However, with an abundance of caution for all– staff, musicians, customers, friends and us– we choose to remain closed until effective and accessible public health protections exist for your welfare, and ours.
Please be cautious and stay safe. We miss all of you very much and look forward to sharing a glass of wine together down the road.
La Belle Amie Vineyard
1120 Saint Joseph Road Little River, SC 29566