Save the Date – Sokol Vineyards

At long last, after many long hours and much hard work, Sokol Vineyards Tasting Room in Ocala, Florida will have it's Grand Opening. "Thursday July 27th, 2017 we will officially open our doors to the community. Come celebrate with us starting Thursday and continue on through our first official weekend." Florida Wine Country's newest wine... Continue Reading →

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Wine on the Beach

Wine and the beach just go together. Watching a stunning sunset, listening to the sounds of the surf, and sipping some vino with your toes in the sand is a great way to relieve stress. Florida, you'd think, would have a monopoly on beachfront wineries, but that real estate is expensive and not always easy to find. There... Continue Reading →

“You Can Make Wine Out of Anything”

When I was researching Carolina Wine Country The Complete Guide back in the last century, one of the winemakers made the statement, "you can make wine out of anything." He was illustrating the fact that, although most of our wine experience is with European varietal grapes, humans throughout history have made wine from a lot of... Continue Reading →

Chautauqua Vineyards One of Florida’s Oldest Wineries

There's a saying among wine makers that old vines make great wines. If that's the case, making wines from vines planted in the 1970s has certainly been rewarding for Chautauqua Vineyards & Winery. One of Florida’s oldest wineries, Chautauqua Vineyards’ estate wines reflect both the origins and the future of America’s wine industry. The name Chautauqua... Continue Reading →

Florida Wine Country

The first wine made in America was made in Florida. French Huguenots, settling along the St. John’s River in the mid-1500s, engaged in the production of the first wine recorded in the new world. It was the 1565 vintage. Unlike much of the wine we drink today, it was made from the wild, native Muscadine... Continue Reading →

Wine Is Good Business for North Carolina Growers and Vintners

  Think wine, think California, or France, or anywhere but North Carolina. Think again. Since the mid-1990’s North Carolina wines have been making a comeback and grape and wine production are pushing the Tar Heel state back to its former wine glory. Long before vines were planted in the Napa Valley, North Carolina viticulturists were... Continue Reading →

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