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Updated: 08/21/2014 08:00:01AM

Florida’s vineyards and wineries offer unique experiences

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Henscratch Farms owners Brooke Bundy and Drew Jones planted their Lake Placid vineyard in 1999. The first wine was produced from crushing muscadine & scuppernong grapes from the vineyards in August 2003. They produce seven styles of country style wines celebrating the taste of the south.


The Muscadine Harvest Festival offers fun for the entire family. Last year, Henscratch Farms in Lake Placid had more than 2,000 pounds of grapes stomped thanks to those who got in and did “The Lucy.” Once the grapes are stomped the wine making process begins. After approximately eight weeks, it is ready for bottling.

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Do you know Florida has 16 wineries? From the Redlands in Dade County to the Panhandle, wineries are scattered throughout Florida. Several are located within an easy drive of DeSoto County.

Most Florida wines are made from muscadine grapes, but many of the wineries also produce specialty wines including blackberry, blueberry, citrus, raspberry and strawberry. The muscadine wines may be blended to be sweet, semi-sweet, semi-dry or dry. Some have a distinct musky flavor.

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