Florida Estates Winery in Florida

Florida Estates Winery in  Land O’ Lakes, Florida (Pasco County) is a country gem serving high quality wines since 2001. I recently spent some time with Ron Hunt, the VP and General Manager (and chief winemaker), while doing a wine tasting recently.

 

Ron is very passionate about his wines and very knowledgeable of all things wine. The vineyard, Ron explained, had been wiped out  by a hurricane and now the grapes are shipped in from other parts of Florida. They do not use a muscadine grape, they use a Florida Vinifera Hybrid grape that is resistant to the dreaded sharpshooter bug that can cause havoc on a vineyard and destroy the plants. The Winery also offers a Merlot, Chardonnay, and other varieties.

This may not be a large winery,  but its the wines that pack a big punch here. I tasted eight different wines and I enjoyed all of them. The winery offers very unique flavors such as a star fruit wine, key lime wine and a strawberry port.  Star fruit wine was definitely a first for me, very aromatic  and oh so delicious. The strawberry port has a deep rich tone.  I  could definitely enjoy the port by itself or with a plate of spaghetti.

The Winery is on a 3,600 acre working plantation with large oak trees, giving it that easy-going Florida feel. Wine tastings are offered daily. Choose a favorite flavor of their wine and enjoy a picnic lunch (bring your own). Browse around the gift shop for specialty wine accessories. Be sure to check their website for special events throughout the year.

Ron also hosts a weekly radio show every Thursday @ 7:00pm eastern, All About Wine, with wine-related topics.  Be sure to tune in @ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/allaboutwine to be educated and entertained.  I was recently a guest on the show and had a great time. Be sure to catch the archives.

The Florida Estates Winery is located @ 25241 Florida 52, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639 (just west of Dade City & I-75)

Info: http://www.floridaestateswines.com/

 

 

 

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6 comments

  1. Ron sounds like a great guy running a wonderful winery. I had no idea that Florida even had wineries but will have to swing by Florida Estates next time I’m in the sunshine state!

  2. It’s been a while since I visited Florida but from what I remember the wine was spot on. Will have to try some on Ron’s wine…

    1. Hi Barry, I love different wines and every state is has a different taste. Love visiting as many as I can, so definitely try a bottle of Ron’s when you can!

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