Book Sale! Florida Wine Country Now at a Special Price!

Want to know where all the Florida wineries are in a fun and easy to read format? How about a book? That's right, a real book, none of that electronic stuff. A book and a glass of wine go well together, especially if the book is priced so you can get more wine to go... Continue Reading →

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Sip and Learn in the Vineyard at FAMU

Each year at the end of summer, Florida A & M University opens its gates to the public and hosts a day in the vineyard.  Its nearly 50 acres of vines, located east of Tallahassee on Highway 90, are a great place to learn about how vintners put grapes into bottles for the rest of... Continue Reading →

2019 FWGGA Conference Set for Deland

Next week, January 17-19, wine makers and vineyard owners from across the state will descend on the historic, central Florida town of Deland as the 2019 Florida Wine and Grape Growers conference gets underway. The annual two-day event brings together hobbyists, professionals and university researchers who are there to talk about their favorite beverage, Florida... Continue Reading →

DeLuna Wines’ Tasting Room Now Open

It was long in coming, but worth the wait. DeLuna Wines in Pensacola is now open to the public for tasting and relaxing. After focusing for the past several years on distribution throughout the state, the winery has come home to roost with plenty of wine production and event space in its 25,000-square foot facility.... Continue Reading →

Ocala Winery on the Move

Outgrowing your space can be a good thing. For Katya Vineyards, expansion means even more room for the creative fun they have come to represent in downtown Ocala. Open less than a year, the family-owned boutique winery has created quite a stir in Ocala's food and wine scene. Owner David Sokol as Dr. Wine periodically... Continue Reading →

From Vineyard Development to Tasting Champagne, Wine Makers Learn Through the Grape Vine at Annual FWGGA Conference

For 95 years, grape growers and wine makers in Florida have had a unique resource to help with honing their skills. The Florida Wine and Grape Growers Association provides year-round information and assistance to those creative people who choose to grow grapes and make wine. Whether they are pursuing their passion as a career, or... Continue Reading →

Business Observer Cites Florida Wine Growth

A big "Thank You" goes out to John Haughey, contributing writer for the Tampa Bay Business Observer for his excellent article on the current state of the Florida wine industry . John caught up with me in September when I was on the road, and I was able to add a few thoughts to his... Continue Reading →

Florida Wine Country on the Move

It's not that things haven't been happening on Southern Wine Trails this month, quite the contrary. Two new wineries are opening in July, and at least two others are making progress toward opening later this year. While this writer is trying hard to keep up with all the news, it makes for a busy summer... Continue Reading →

Wine is for Drinking Not Analyzing

The lady from Missouri sat down at the bar and plopped her handbag on the other stool. "I leave for home tomorrow," she said. "Today's my last day and I haven't been to a Florida winery yet, so I decided to come for a wine tasting." It was 10:00 a.m. The winery wasn't actually open.... Continue Reading →

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