When most people think of wine making regions, they think of England and California. However, with the popularity of wine increasing, production has spread to the four corners of the earth. Although wine was initially manufactured in what is now Florida over 300 years ago, Florida wine production only relatively recently increased in volume with the advent of disease resistant piso wifi 10.0.0.1 pause time varietals. Florida’s wine consumption and production continues to grow as more people taste and appreciate good wines created from locally grown fruit. Northeast Florida hosts several charming vineyards and wineries. If you are in the location, don’t shun the chance to visit San Sebastian Winery, Complex Oaks Vineyard, Sirvent’s Farm and Vineyard, and Seahorse Hacienda and Vineyard, all in northeast Florida. Stay in, take a tour, and sample wines made from Florida grapes, berry, and other fruits. Talk to the owners and you’ll even can get some tips, plants, and kits to use in making your own wine at home.

San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, Saint. Augustine, Florida is the largest of the wineries in northeast Florida and by far has the most vines in production, produces the most different varieties of wine and the most bottles of wine a year (close to 1 million bottles), and has won the most awards for wine quality. It is found in an old East Shoreline Railway building not far from the historic region of Saint. Augustine. San Sebastian offers wine tastings every day, even on Saturday, and has an upstairs Wine, Jazz, and Blues Bar, and gift shop where it sells wine baskets. San Sebastian’s products are around for purchase online. Visiting the mouth watering room is a fun experience, but San Sebastian’s main 80-acre vineyard is found in Clermont, so the tour won’t will include a trip through the rows of growing grapes. Most of their wines, including Blanc De Fleur, and Rosa are, like most Florida wines, sweet in taste. However, don’t miss their Reserva, a dry white wine, and Blanc Du Bios, which has a touch of liven.

In the small town of Grandin is Complex Oaks Vineyard. Complex Oaks is a small, family-owned vineyard. David DaCasto, Sr., copes with the business end of things and David Junior. runs the winery. Complex Oaks has a relaxed atmosphere and is closed on Saturday and Mon, but open for tastings and retail sales Tuesday to Friday from noon to 6pm and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Look at shop filled with local and other jewelry, fine art, wine themed glasses and tablewear, and clothing. Definitely the is the t-shirt with anime bears saying “I told you, it’s white with fishers and red with seeker. inch Then visit the mouth watering counter , nor miss Carlos, a semi-sweet wine made from Florida Muscadine grapes and Spring Blush, another Muscadine creation that is just like a white zinfandel. If you’ve never liked red because it is too bottled and jarred packaged goods dry for your tastes, check out Respectable Red, and it will vary your brain. Complex Oaks small vineyard is out back but they may not have plenty of time to walk you about and discuss grape growing, because Complex Oaks does quite a business, especially on weekends.

Not far from Grandin is a very tired little town called Florahome. Half-way up beautiful Coral Farms Road is Sirvent’s Farm and Vineyard. If you thought Complex Oaks had a relaxed air, Sirvent’s is positively laid-back. No big signs or bright lights here. Owner John Sirvent, a crusty 70+ year old, has been growing wine grapes for decades and routinely shares his information with others wanting to grow their own grapes or make their own wine. He will pull you up a chair and let you sample peach or blueberry wine too. He and his wife will give you plants to grow white or red grape varietals, planting and growing instructions, and winemaking kits and tips. The Sirvents also have onsite beehives, both to ensure proper polination of the grapes and to produce raw, local honey. They sell it by the vessel and it’s really extremely tasty. Be sure to ask to meet Smokey the guard donkey if you are there.

Continue in the rest of Coral Farms Road and turn onto Tinsley where you’ll find Florahome’s second vineyard, Seahorse Hacienda and Vineyard. Seahorse Hacienda and Vineyard is a premium natural horsemanship boarding facility and retreat. Its main business is horse boarding, horse camping, and event hosting. Owners Charlie and Gayle Holm rooted some of the hacienda in grapes about three years ago. It takes about that really miss the vines to produce sufficient quantity and quality grapes for wine production. This year they will harvest in May and make their first wines. Seahorse Hacienda and Vineyard does not want to commercial market wine, but instead will anticipate to share what they learn with hacienda guests and other interested visitors. Check out the charming vintage birdhouses mounted on the vineyard posts. Each is unique, like an old time pop shop, a big cowboy shoe, and even the well known red barn with the black roof that says “See Rock City. inch And of course, fulfill the ponies who are always glad to see visitors, especially when they come having oranges. On Sunday, September 12, 2010, Seahorse Hacienda and Vineyard will host a workshop called “Winemaking 101” where guests can check out to taste Florida wines and learn to make their own wine.

Northeast Florida hosts several charming wineries and vineyards ranging from large, long established, sophisticated commercial production wineries to small, family-owned vineyards. If you’re traveling in or near the area, don’t miss the chance to take a tour and get some samples. It will make for a rewarding afternoon or weekend trip.