The South Carolina Agricultural Council will host a daylong Agricultural Tour to South Carolina’s Lowcountry on Thursday, May 31, 2007.

The event will include a tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation and Irvin House Vineyards, both on Wadmalaw Island. The Charleston Tea Plantation, the only commercial tea plantation in the continental United States, is owned by Bigelow Tea based in Fairfield, Conn.. Tea processed from the Charleston Tea Plantation is sold under the name of American Classic Tea.

Irvin House Vineyards, the only domestic winery in Charleston, makes and bottles five different types of wines from muscadine grapes grown in their vineyard.

Participants will check in for the tour at 7:30 a.m. at the South Carolina Farm Bureau, 724 Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce, S.C. The bus will depart sharply at 8:00 a.m. and return to the Farm Bureau building at 5:30 p.m.

Due to bus seating, the tour will be limited to 56 people, so pre-registration is required. The deadline for Council members and their guests to register is Friday, May 18, 2007. After that date, the tour will be open to the public until the bus seating is filled.

Cost of the tour is $35 person for Ag Council members and $45 per person for non-Ag Council Members. The cost covers bus travel, admission fees and a box lunch from Stono Farm Market on Johns Island, beverages, and miscellaneous expenses.

To reserve a space on the tour, contact Steve Slice at 1-803-806-3843 or Steve.Slice@sc.usda.gov.