Florida’s Vineyards, Wineries and Flavorful Wines Are Interesting Parts of State’s History
By Space Coast Daily // July 13, 2017
Florida's wild muscadine was first American wine
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A century before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, wine was being made in Florida. “Florida” was the name given by Spanish explorers in recognition of the state’s beautiful fruits and flowers.
Among that rich vegetation, native grapevines were discovered on Florida’s east coast. Spanish settlers harvested the wild grapes and, applying the same traditions of their homeland, converted Florida’s wild muscadine into the first American wine.
Through the centuries, Florida’s rich soils and rolling hills have supported both vineyards and winemaking. The success of muscadine wine is the byproduct of Old World traditions and new world production methods.
Smooth, aromatic and nostalgic muscadine wines are a southern specialty. For 75 years, University of Florida researchers have developed varieties that flourish in Florida’s subtropical climate, well-suited to the state’s soils and perfect for winemaking.
Visiting a winery or vineyard in Florida is a fascinating experience for the whole family. It’s a part of Florida beyond the beaches and amusement parks.
Florida’s vineyards, wineries and flavorful wines are interesting parts of Florida history that few people know about, but one which more and more people are discovering.
You can stroll through a vineyard, view a harvest, watch the winemaking, corking, bottling and labeling processes, and sample the wonderful and distinctive varieties of delicious Florida wines.
Winery and Vineyard Locator
The grids below list vineyards and wineries throughout Florida. Contact each winery/vineyard directly for information regarding days and hours of operation, products, tours or other services. If the winery/vineyard has its own website, select “Web” in the right hand column to go to that link.
Certified Florida Farm Wineries and Vineyards
|Aspirations Winery||Clearwater||(727) 799-9463||Web|
|Bluefield Estate Winery||Gainesville||(352) 337-2544||Web|
|Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery||Duette||(941) 776-0418||Web|
|Chautauqua Vineyards||DeFuniak Springs||(850) 892-5887||Web|
|Dakotah Winery and Vineyards||Chiefland||(352) 493-9309||Web|
|Emerald Coast Wine Cellars||Destin||(850) 837-9500||Web|
|Flagler Beachfront Winery||Flagler Beach||(386) 693-4950||Web|
|Florida Orange Groves Inc. and Winery||St. Petersburg||1-800-338-7923||Web|
|Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery||Lake Placid||(863) 699-2060||Web|
|Hutchinson Farm Winery||Apopka||(407) 814-8330||Web|
|Island Grove Wine Company||Hawthorne||(352) 481-9463||Web|
|Keel and Curley Winery||Plant City||(813) 752-9100||Web|
|Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards||Clermont||1-800-768-9463||Web|
|Log Cabin Farm, Vineyard and Winery||Satsuma||(386) 467-0000||Web|
|Masaryk Winery||Masaryktown||(352) 308-0110||Web|
|Monticello Vineyards and Winery||Monticello||(850) 294-WINE||Web|
|Oak Haven Farms and Winery||Sorrento||(352) 735-1996||Web|
|Old Oaks Vineyard||Bonifay||(850) 547-2254||Web|
|Rosa Fiorelli Winery Inc.||Bradenton||(941) 322-0976||Web|
|Royal Manor Winery||Interlachen||(386) 916-8909||Web|
|San Sebastian Winery||St. Augustine||1-888-826-1594||Web|
|Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery||Homestead||(305) 242-1224||Web|
|Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery||Lake Worth||(305) 613-8039||Web|
|Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery||Spring Hill||(352) 799-7612||Web|
|Sparacia-Witherell Family Winery and Vineyards||Brooksville||(919) 366-2509||Web|
|Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery||Fort Pierce||(772) 460-0500||Web|
|Tangled Oaks Vineyard||Grandin||(386) 659-1707||Web|
|Three Oaks Winery||Vernon||(850) 535-9463||Web|
|True Blue Winery||Davenport||(863) 419-4400||Web|
|Whispering Oaks Winery||Oxford||(352) 748-0449||Web|
Other Florida Wineries and Vineyards
|Empire Winery and Distillery||New Port Richey||(727) 819-2821||Web|
|Florida Estates Winery||Land O’ Lakes||(813) 996-2113||Web|
|The Florida Winery||Madeira Beach||(727) 362-0008||Web|
|Grapes of Kath Vineyards||Sebring||(863) 382-4706||Web|
|Mitillini Vineyards||Live Oak||(386) 364-1773||Web|
|Murielle Winery||Clearwater||(727) 561-0336||Web|
|Tarpon Springs Castle Winery||Tarpon Springs||(727) 943-7029||Web|
|Time to Make Wine Inc.||Fort Myers||(239) 542-9463||Web|
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