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It’s a little known fact that wine has been produced in the state of Florida for nearly 450 years. Spanish settlers, who named the area for its abundance of wild flowers and fruits, discovered wild Muscadine grapes growing throughout the region. In the 1560s, this attracted other Spanish and French Huguenot settlers who were drawn to the prospect of starting a wine industry to rival those in Europe. They had no luck transplanting European varietals, which didn’t take to the moist conditions and were prone to Pierce’s disease, fungus, and rot. But wines from indigenous grapes Muscadine, Scuppernong, and Noble created a local thriving industry until the Prohibition. 
 
In the 1930s, horticulturalists at the University of Florida, set about growing new humidity-friendly hybrids such as Stover, Suwanee, Miss Blanc, and Blanc du Bois. There has also been some small success at grafting European varietals to grow locally. In the past few decades, Florida has seen a blooming Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Florida View all

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Muscadine

    Muscadines (Vitis rotundifolia) are a grapevine species native to the present-day southeastern United States that has...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Keel and Curley Winery

    Keel and Curley Winery was started in spring of 2003 in the kitchen of founder and owner, Joe Kee...

  • Chautauqua Vineyards

    Chautauqua Vineyards invites you to taste and judge for yourself the wines made from estate grown...

  • Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards

    Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards opened its doors in February 1989 in Clermont , Florida and sits on ...

  • Florida Estates Winery

    Florida Estates Winery looks forward to your visit in our tasting room, a browse through our...

  • Eden Vineyards

    The Kiser family began planting of fine wine grapes in southwest Florida over thirty years ago. ...

  • Schnebly Redland's Winery

    The Schnebly Redland's Winery team is a constantly growing and hard working family. The owners Pe...

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  • Lifestyle evangelism, hmmm. So if they don't have any oldskool 'waitpersons' or 'hosts' or 'somms', do they expect every person on the staff to be an expert in everything? How about in the kitchen, is that like 'home', too? Definitely interesting, but from a distance it's hard to peer beyond the hype.... Read More

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  • I couldn't agree more."RH" JUST may change the style of Finer Food & Beverage service in the USA.--  I have cautioned many restauranteurs.. That maybe in the Near future.. White Table Cloths on Tables and Chairs with Glassware may be replaced with fine furniture and Crystal in a more elegant/ relaxed setting that  includes entertainment and 1st ... Read More

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  • WOW! Quite a concept and bravo to them for stepping out to the edge.  A ton of hopes ans dreams went into this and it looks as though they have the people to do it.149 Read More

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  • Mille Gratis Evie for the Invite to Visit RH Palm Beach Florida. Read More

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  • RH. is changing the game and pushing the Envelope in Major Cities including my ... my backyard. West Palm Beach Florida. Evie is now opening a Roof-Top Restaurant @ RH City Place.The mentality is stunning and fresh.. Will it be a game changer.? Most likely YES.Video Link RE: Chicago Venue; while opportunities are amass nationally.Do I think th... Read More

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  • Wine searcher has a new article on UPS and FedEx they are allowed from ... o ... ... o New York and Illinois. Florida, Texas Michigan,Ohio and Michigan are on fedex list already that cannot receive wine from a retailer. I have received several notices from National online distributors that will no longer ship to Texas, this is all caused by in... Read More

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  • Pre, During and Post Hurricane Irma we are Florida Strong! No time for notes. All good to excellent and in our wheel house.      Read More

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  • She is fair game, after claiming that her goal was to stop cyber-bullying. ... ... ... that's about to hit Florida will distract his attention.  Mar-a-Largo might be in for a surprise.  His property on one of the Caribbean islands saw some nasty weather.. Read More

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  • EM-We really like Mike's Syrah(s). Life is good indeed. It's been hot, ... hot, muggy and wet in South Florida so plenty of water, scotch and beer. Yesterday we had field seats to the Coldplay Concert. What a performance!!! (Yes, we saw them in New York as well last month.)Pictures from an iPhone:&nbs Read More

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  • I'm sorry, Mj, I just can't resist.Here you, the South Florida guy, are in the Big Apple celebrating with your daughter.  Going to a show would be a perfectly normal activity for NYC visitors.  There are certainly a lot of options.  I would not dispute anybody who claimed that NYC offered the most options for legitimate theater.So, you go to one... Read More

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  • The San Sebastian Port and the San Sebastian Vintner's Reserva (Red) are my two favorites that have two types of the Floridian Muscadine Varietal. Sweet, but tasty when your in the mood. Being a Floridian myself, it's nice to have a grape from my home state.

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  • WHERE ARE THE BEST VINEYARDS IN FL?

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