You might not think of Florida when you think of wine country, but you should. The first wine created in the new world was actually made in Florida by the French Huguenots in 1562. Today, the Bradenton Area has two working wineries that are well worth a visit.
Rosa Fiorelli Winery There’s a reason this winery has received six awards in the commercial international wine competition. It’s that good. Visit to try Southern Red Reserve, Manatee Red, Florida Muscadine, Muscadine Blush, Manatee Red, Rosato, Blanc du Bois, Blanc du Bois Classico and Conquistador Blush. To find out more about a wine tasting or tour, call or visit our the website. 4020 CR 675, Bradenton, FL. Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon–5 p.m. (941) 322-0976 http://www.fiorelliwinery.com/Bunker Hill Vineyard and WineryBunker Hill focuses on green operations with handcrafted, unfiltered wines that are never blended and are fermented with the skin of grapes. It uses 100-percent recycled wine bottles and natural corks. And the winery offers a unique style of origami gift wrapping. It’s open daily and offers free vineyard tours and wine tastings.8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette, FL 34219. (941) 776-0418http://www.bunkerhillvineyard.com/
PERFECT PAIRINGSWant to make a day of it? Below are some great ideas on how to have a side of wine with your Florida fun.
BEACH DAYBeach Bistro Sommelier David Klinger says the perfect whine wine to top off a day in the sand and surf is Albarino Wine. His beach day favorite? Paco and Lola from the Rias Baixas region of Spain. Visit the restaurant to see how it complements fish, lobster or Beach Bistro’s bouillabaisse. SHOPPINGNo trip is complete without a little upscale shopping at Lakewood Ranch Main Street – or a bottle of wine from Rosa Fiorelli Winery. So why not combine them? Owners Antonio and Maria Fiorelli, both born in Sicily, recommend gloating over your purchases with their signature Red Muscadine Dessert Wine. Enjoy the sophisticated notes of ripened black cherries and candied apples while taking in a sunset at the vineyard.COUPLES GETAWAYAdd romance to any evening with a stunning sunset backdrop and a bottle of Palmetto Riverside Bed and Breakfast Champagne. B&B innkeeper Wim Lippens imports this private-label champagne from France, and he offers this complimentary crisp and fruity treat to his guests along with chocolates.
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