Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City, Florida offers a blueberry of a good time. Founded by Joe Keel in 2003, a local blueberry farmer, his winery offers a variety of fruit flavored wines, including three types of blueberry wine, a sweet, a semi-dry, and a dry.
The Winery also offers several blended wines that are a mix of grape wine and fruit juices such as Merlot & Chardonnay. I tried the Peach Chardonnay and the Tangerine Zinfandel. Very refreshing, perfect for a hot Florida day. But of course I had to try their Blueberry, the semi-sweet is a perfect blend. For those of you who may not be familiar with Plant City, some the best strawberries in the world are grown right here. So of course, they offer a Strawberry Riesling.
In 2013, the winery established the Two Henrys Brewing Company, offering customers specialty craft beers. You can enjoy a signature Blueberry Lager or go a bit more daring and try a Jalapeno Blueberry Porter. Blueberry, strawberry, and mango hard ciders are also available. Plenty of choices here too. The brewery was named after Henry Flagler and Henry Plant, both historical icons of Florida development.
Winery tours are offered on Saturday & Sundays. Step into their tasting room and try a flight of wines or beers, then wander through the gift shop and check out the photos on the wall depicting some of the area’s history. There is a large outside covered patio area to sit and enjoy whatever drink you fancy.
For three days, at the end of April, Keel and Curley holds their annual Blueberry Festival. Thousands of people come out to sample wines, craft beers, and pick blueberries, enjoy music, and lots of kid-friendly activities. Check their website for other special events and fun activities throughout the year.
Their pub style eatery Rail 91 is now open serving great food to go with your glass of wine or mug of beer, this was Henry Flagler’s personal rail car, another great piece of Florida history. ***Just a note…. Rail 91 is not a dine in pub, but plenty of seating outside.
Location: Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City, Florida 33565 PH: 813-752-9100