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Part 2 Florida Wineries H-Z

Updated on September 28, 2014

Exploring More of Florida's Winery Part 2

In part one I gave a partial description of some of Florida's fantastic wineries. The rest of the wineries are described in this article. I hope you have a chance to visit at least one winery as it is a wonderful experience.

Oster Rechargeable and Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller
Oster Rechargeable and Cordless Wine Opener with Chiller

Electric wine opener removes corks at the touch of a button

 
Rabbit Vertical Corkscrew with Foil Cutter and Extra Spiral (Metallic Red)
Rabbit Vertical Corkscrew with Foil Cutter and Extra Spiral (Metallic Red)

Pull corkscrew stands up on a bottle and operates vertically

 
Ozeri OW05A Prestige Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Aerating Pourer and Foil Cutter
Ozeri OW05A Prestige Electric Wine Bottle Opener with Aerating Pourer and Foil Cutter

As seen in restaurants, the Ozeri Prestige makes opening wine bottles easy and entertaining.

 
Ozeri Nouveaux Electric Wine Opener with Removable Free Foil Cutter, Elegant Black
Ozeri Nouveaux Electric Wine Opener with Removable Free Foil Cutter, Elegant Black

Features a European inspired curved design that stands vertically without the need for a separate base

 

Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery - Sebring, Florida

Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery is Florida's 12th winery. Planted in 1999 this 20 acre farm has 10 acres of vineyards. They make 7 different kinds of wine. Self-guided tours of the winery and farm are available.

The farm houses over 200 free range Rhode Island Red and Plymouth Barred Rock hens that lay brown eggs for the country store. The absolute highlight of your visit here will be the Aracaunas hens that lay the large green eggs. These are the same eggs talked about in the famous Dr Suess book Green Eggs and Ham.

The country store is built in the old cracker style with a raised floor and sliding barn doors. Stroll up to the tasting counter and try some of the Scuppernong jam. Choose from homemade strawberry preserves, rich jellies & jams and delicious syrups that match the fruit in season. You can't get any fresher than just laid brown eggs and raw honey from hives located on the farm. Don't forget to pick up a bottle of blueberry dressing or infused grape seed oil.

The biggest juiciest strawberries you have ever tasted come into season from December until the middle of March. Try a scrumptious sweet treat from the Shake Shack. They have shortcakes, shakes and strawberries by the pound served with warm chocolate sauce for dipping.

Hours

Closed Mondays

Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

980 Henscratch Road

Lake Placid, Fl. 33852

863-699-2060

A Certified Florida Farm Winery

Keel & Curley Winery - Plant City, Florida

Florida, Keel & Curley Winery has been making wines since the spring of 2003. Starting out with 10 gallons of wine in their house kitchen they made batch after batch until they had produced the perfect wine. The company currently produces 20,000 cases a year. They have a gift store with a selection of their wines.

Tours are offered every Saturday and Sunday

1:00 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

The tour cost $5.00

The tour and wine tasting cost $10.00

Hours

Closed Mondays

Sunday - Thursday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday & Saturday 10:00 am - Midnight

5210 W. Thonotosassa Road

Plant City, Fl. 33565

813-752-9100

Lakeridge Winery

Clermont, Florida

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards is the largest winery in Florida with over 100,000 visitors a year. This 127 acre estate has 89 acres of planted vineyards. The winery began operating in February 1989. It is located only 25 miles from downtown Orlando and minutes from Walt Disney World

The tour begins with a 12 minute video that details the wine making process from harvesting the grapes to bottling the wine. Then a personal guide will take you on a tour of the production area. Tours start about every 20 minutes.

They have a complimentary tasting room with a large selection of wines to sample from. The store offers wine and wine accessories, gourmet food and gifts.

Special free events are offered throughout the year include an arts & craft festival, Jazz concerts, and a grape stomping. During the event wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food are available for purchase.

Free Tastings and Tours

Hours

Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 am -5:00 pm

19239 U.S. 27 North

Clermont, Florida 34715

1-800-768-WINE

Certified Florida Farm Wineries

Florida's most popular grapes make delicious jelly. This is a fantastic jelly that has been enjoyed by my family for years. Muscadine jelly is made from Muscadine's gathered from the vines in many southern vineyards. This Muscadine jelly is similar to that my grandma used to make. The only real difference is that I used powder instead of liquid pectin.

Cook Time

Prep Time:

Total Time:

Serves: makes 8 - 10 pints

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts ripe Muscadine grapes
  • 2 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 pkg. of pectin

Instructions

  1. Take off the stems and wash Muscadines grapes in a large pot. Rinse several times. Then mash the Muscadines and fill pot with water just about 2 inches covering over them.
  2. Simmer for 25 minutes. Pour the juice into another pot through a colander to catch the seeds and skins. Strain through cheesecloth back into the original pot and heat to boiling. Boil the juice for 5 minutes and then add sugar.
  3. Turn down heat to a simmer and cook until it reaches 220 degrees F on a candy thermometer. "This took me around 30 minutes. The directions on the pectin will tell you how to test it.
  4. Skim off the foam. I had my jelly jars already washed and sterilized in another pot filled with hot water. You should sterilize jelly containers in boiling water for 10 minutes before using them. Then keep the containers hot in hot water until you use them. This will keep them from breaking when you fill them with hot jelly. In another small pot there was the lids and seals in hot water. Pour the juice into the jars with a funnel. Put the seals and then the lids on. I wiped the edges of the jar tops with a damp, hot paper towel.
  5. Process your jelly for 15 minutes in boiling water. Allow 2 to 4 inches of water above jar tops for brisk boiling - just enough for the water to cover the tops of jars and have space to boil freely. Then carefully remove the jars and place them on a towel out of a draft.
Cast your vote for Muscadine Grape Jelly
Norpro Stainless Steel Funnels, Set of 3
Norpro Stainless Steel Funnels, Set of 3

Withstands the heat of the jelly

 
Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker
Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker

The only method recommended safe by the US Department of Agriculture for canning vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood

 

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Rosa Fiorelli Winery

Brandenton, Florida

Rosa Fiorelli Winery Is a 3000 sq. ft. winery with 10 acres of vineyards. They started their company in 1998 and have already won over 100 awards in the commercial international wine competition.

U pick bronze or black Muscadine grapes are available in early August - September

Tastings and Tours

The tour begins with a walk through the vineyard. The guide will explain the growing season, harvest times, pruning techniques, and information about the different types of grapes they grow.You then will go to the winery where they will explain the process of how the grapes are crushed, pressed, fermented, and bottled.

The tour concludes with a sit down lunch in the pavilion by the vineyard. Your wine tasting is done in a souvenir wine glass.

Prices

Cheese & Crackers: $18.95

Includes: Select Meats & Cheeses, Crackers, Souvenir Glass, Wine Tasting

Italian Sub: $18.95

Includes: Italian Sub, Garden Salad, Souvenir Glass, Wine Tasting

If you prefer not to have lunch or the souvenir glass you can still partake in the wine tasting for $10.00

Hours

Monday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Sunday Noon - 5:00 pm

Closed

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day

4020 CR 675

Bradenton, Fl. 34211

941-322-0976

Certified Florida Farm Wineries

San Sebastian Winery

St. Augustine, Florida

San Sebastian Winery opened its doors in 1996. This winery is located just a few blocks from historic downtown in one of Henry Flagler's Old East Coast Railway buildings. Historians say in 1562 that the first American wine was made here. San Sebastian has won 300 awards for excellence in wine making. Over 100,000 people visit here every year.

Your tour begins with an audio visual presentation in the upstairs theatre. Then your guide will take you on a walking tour of the 18,000 sq. ft. wine production facility. The tour finishes in the rustic authentic barrel room.

In the tasting room you will enjoy a sampling of wine while being taken through the five "S"s" of wine tasting.

San Sebastian Winery has a full service customer made to order basket store with prices to fit every budget.

The Cellar Upstairs is a wine, Jazz & Blues bar that is located on the rooftop of the winery. Open on the weekends

Free Tours and Tastings

Tours start about every 25 minutes and last 45 minutes

Hours

Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Closed on holidays

1-888-826-1594

Certified Florida Farm Wineries

Schnebly Redland's Winery

Redland, Florida

The owners of this winery wanted to begin an agro - tourism business on their farms in South Florida. They wanted to provide tours of their 96 acre farm where they grow gourmet vegetables and exotic tropical fruits. In 1993 they started a winery which enabled them to offer those tours. In the fall of 2003 the production began on their venture into making tropical fruit wines.The owner's interest in combining these tropical flavors continued and they have recently opened a brewery. They use the finest spices, fruits and herbs in beers for their craft brewery.

Guided tours are offered on the weekends and take about 40 minutes. During the tour your guide will tell you the family history and show you the picturesque estate.

Tour Hours

Saturday - Sunday every hour 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tours are $7.00

Schnebly Winery has an impressive glass rack for the wine glasses that resembles a tree that is the centerpiece of the tasting room.. They have really paid attention to the details here. Look up to view a beautifully detailed ceiling mural. Walk through the large double door and enter into a tropical paradise complete with natural coral waterfalls.

Two different tastings are offered each for $9.95 per person. Each includes an etched Schnebly wine glass and any time you return and use the glass the tasting is only $5.00.

The Ultimate tasting includes a choice of 5 unique wines.

The Special tasting has 5 different specialty wines. Dessert & Sparkling

Signature Pint Glass $10

You will receive a clear Signature pint glass so that you can check the appearance as you taste the different beers. You get a seer Sampler followed by your choice of any craft beers.

32oz To-Go Growlers $14

To-Go Growlers allow you to enjoy fresh straight from the tap beer. Growlers are completely reusable. Once you open them you have 2-3 days to drink it.

Try Miami's only Craft Production Brewery

Brewery Tours

Saturday & Sunday 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm

Hours

Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am -11:00 pm

Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*Cover charge to attend any nighttime events

30205 SW 217th Ave,

Redland, Fl. 33030

305-242-1224

Certified Florida Farm Wineries

Other Wineries of Interest

Monticello Vineyards & Winery

During August and September visitors can pick fresh grapes.

Hours

Saturday - Monday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

1211 Waukeenah Highway

Monticello, Fl. 32344

850-294-WINE

Certified Florida Farm Wineries

Murielle Winery

Free Tastings

Hours 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The tastings are only offered on select Saturdays so call ahead for dates

13131 56th Ct. #305

Clearwater, Fl. 33760

Old Mission Vineyards

This 18th century mission style home and winery has 2 acres of grapevines on their 20 acre property. There is a trail that leads to a natural spring. A unique offering here is that you can pick your own grapes from August 1 - mid September. Start your own vineyard and take home a grapevine!

Hours

Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

19600 State Road 64 East

Bradenton, Florida 34212

941-746-6334

Patrick Avery Winery

8340 Lumberton Rd Suite 200

Largo, Fl. 33738

Royal Manor Winery

Hours

Sunday and Monday Closed

Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

22 Royal Avenue

Interlachen, FL 32148

386-916-8909

SeaBreeze Winery

13201 Hutchison Blvd.

Panama City Beach, Fl. 32407

850-230-3330

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

SeaBreeze Winery is the only working winery on Panama City Beach. They hold free wine tastings daily and tours of their wine making facilities. Take a tour of the unique gift shop.

Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery

There is a tour of the processing room. Wine tastings are offered after the tour. Both are complimentary. U pick is available in harvest season.

17810 Forge Drive

Spring Hill, Fl. 34610

352-799-7612

Certified Florida Farm Wineries

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    • allaneaglesham lm profile image

      allaneaglesham lm 4 years ago

      A very interesting lens because I did not know that Florida had wineries!

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      Savingsmom 4 years ago

      I love going to visit wineries