Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City Florida

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

 

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28 comments

  1. This looks like a great place to take a wine tour. I sampled blueberry wine in Europe and I really enjoyed it. I haven’t visited Florida for a while but will have to check it out next time I’m visiting.

  2. A very cool concept for a winery! When we lived in Ohio, our neighbor made wine with the raspberries from his bushes – super good! Rail 91 is really cool as well – thanks for the tip about eating outside ^^

  3. My attention was drawn to the pub style eatery Rail 91, it is so fascinating. The antique Rail coach conjures up images of romantic train journeys that this coach would have taken in times long gone by.

  4. That is so interesting they can use blueberries for flavouring wine and craft beer. I have never heard of something so unusual! Not a fan of the sweet stuff, I would go for the dry wine. I would love to go there as who doesn’t love a good day out in the winery sampling the day away!

  5. Looks really quite pleasant, what with all the fruit wines, beer and dining in a rail car. I’ve tried Blueberry wine before and it can be soooo sweet, would definitely prefer one of the drier ones.

  6. They have some very unusual flavors. Not so sure about the blueberry jalapeno but the mango sounds awesome. My husband has worked with vineyards in the Pacific Northwest for years so if we make it back to Florida we will have to check Keel & Curley out.

  7. I haven’t had blueberry wine in ages! Fun to read about this – especially given that I live in Sonoma Wine Country and that I’m originally from Indiana, where people love fruit wine! Very cool story, too. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This looks cool! I recently tried some blueberry wine in Oregon and it was some of the best I’ve ever had. Now I’ll have to try this to see how they compare! What a cool spot to check out!

  9. Great post, I visited some vineyards back in France and I simply loved it. Learning how to taste a wine, how to see if it’s young or old, how to serve it at the right temperature, etc was a fun experience.

  10. Keel & Curley Winery looks like an interesting place to visit and try their famous Blueberry wine. The Blueberry Festival is something I would love to do. Plus the pub style eating at Rail 91 sounds good. I will pin this for later…Thanks for Sharing 🙂

  11. This looks like the sort of place I would enjoy visiting! Not only do they have interesting wines, but I am from the West Country in England we do like our cider – so sampling what they have to offer would be wonderful. I love the sound of the Blueberry Festival – I think that will be a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing this information with us, it’s much appreciated!

  12. This place looks like a good find! I will be visiting Florida soon and this is now on my to-do list. I have never tried blueberry wine so I am curious to see how it will taste!

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