8/06/2009

Wining in Florida - San Sebastian Winery

Posted by The Wine Whore |

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As a wino in Florida, it is rare that I get to enjoy the views of a vineyard close to home. Thanks to WWCrew photographer Jen Senel, and the folks over at San Sebastian, I not only got to enjoy some beautifully verdant vineyards close to home, but also learned a thing or two about Florida wine at the same time!



"San Sebastian Winery, founded in 1996 is located at 157 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida in one of Henry Flagler�s old East Coast Railway buildings located just a few blocks from historic downtown. According to historians, this area is the birthplace of American wine, dating back to 1562.



French Huguenots who settled North America around 1562 made wine from the abundant wild Muscadine grapes they found growing near present day Jacksonville. This is the first recorded reference to wine made from grapes grown in the "New World". Since that time grape growing and wine production in Florida has continued to develop as an industry. Even such historically notable men as Emile DuBois and the Marquis de Lafayette were once involved.



Today, San Sebastian ranks as one of Florida's premium wineries, and remains a pioneer in the development of table, sparkling and dessert wines from hybrid and muscadine grapes. Vintage-dated varietals from hybrids such as Stover and Blanc Du Bois are produced and marketed along with blended and sparkling wines from native Muscadine grapes. Port and Cream Sherry dessert wines are also produced by and sold under the San Sebastian brand. Together, these labels have won many awards for excellence in winemaking, over 300 so far with more to come each season.



Every year more than 100,000 people are expected to visit the winery�s extensive tasting room and wine shop. San Sebastian Winery has an overall production of over 80,000 cases, (that�s over 960,000 bottles!). San Sebastian wines are sold at the winery and at major supermarkets and wine shops throughout Florida."



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6 comments:

Shelly said...

Those really are some beautiful photos. I'm heading over now to see more.

See you tonight:)

The Wine Whore said...

Jen takes some awesome shots... and her pictures are cool too! ;)

Looking forward to tonight's drinks!

Cheers!

joeshico said...

Over 1000 votes for Friday Monkey????????????
Just 0ne month ago You were begging for 100 total.
"All Bow, The Wine Whore Has Arrived"
BTW, my favorite Florida city is St. Augustine. Next time there will definitely visit San Sabastian.

The Wine Whore said...

Isn't it crazy! :) Thank you all for your support... this is so much fun for me!

That's so cool! Next time you come down to visit you HAVE to let me know!

Cheers!

Jamie said...

Wine in Florida? One more reason to get back on a visit and head to St. Augustine! And my mom has had those same hanging grape light fixtures in her family room since the 60s!! Very cool!

The Wine Whore said...

That's so cool! St. Augustine is so beautiful... the fact that there's a winery there is just icing on the cake!

Cheers!

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