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San Sebastian Winery
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Owner description: 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. 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. Port and Cream Sherry dessert wines are produced by and sold under the San Sebastian brand. All together, San Sebastian labels have won over 1,600 awards for excellence in winemaking, with more coming in 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 and Georgia. “The Cellar Upstairs” Wine, Jazz & Blues Bar, open weekends, is located on the rooftop of the Winery building and is a best kept secret with locals. The Cellar Upstairs features incredible live music from a wide range of talented local and regional Bands. Relax to the music and enjoy the tremendous views overlooking the St. Augustine skyline while enjoying a glass of San Sebastian Wine, draft beer and light appetizers.
Reviewed March 30, 2009

Friendly people, good wine. Their wine sampling was six different wines spread out on two floors, so you walked from wine to wine. Very nice.

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Reviewed March 8, 2009

Although this is not an actual winery,(they only hold it at this facility not make it) the tour and wine tasting are free. We arrived after a tour had already started and the guy at the front lead us to the tour group immediately. It obviously a way to get you to buy their wine, but you don't have to. They tour guide was very friendly and informative. The wine was not bad. Would definitely recommend it.

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Reviewed January 29, 2009

the people seemed very nice. but the experience and customer service left a lot to be desired. When they finally did get around to touring us for the tasting, I was disappointed in what they had to offer. I'm all about the concord grape and the sweet wines that result, but the majority of their wines lacked the body and flavor I was expecting.

As I further explored the town, I was disappointed to discover that many of the same items from their gift shop were found elsewhere at a lower price, further souring my experience.

Lots to do in this town, this isn't one of them.

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Reviewed July 31, 2008

The San Sebastian Winery Wine Cellar Upstairs is a regular "go-to" place for us when we find ourselves camping on Anastasia Island. The live music is always enjoyable and the wine tour/tasting is just quaint. Obviousy not on the scale of the "chi-chi" Cali tours but just a fun stop in St. Aug. - unpretentious. The Port is my husband's favorite and I really enjoy the Castillo Red. I do find the other wines too sweet but they make a fabulous sangria. The sparkling "champagne" is really quite decent. However, the Upstairs bar has recently added a "corkage" fee if you buy a bottle to drink the up-charge is close to $10 - this is for wine they go downstairs to retrieve! This is new in the past year so we are very disappointed, $30 for a bottle of Port that costs $20 in the shop! Not sure that the meat and cheese tray is any bargain, but at least get some bread and dipping oil or their chips and salsa to help absorb the alcohol. Your best buy upstairs is the sangria, but hey if you're in the mood to dance and be entertained drop some cash and buy a bottle of wine or two for the table. Still a thoroughly enjoyable Sat evening or Sun afternoon.

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Reviewed July 31, 2008

My fiance and I had fun tasting the wines at the San Sebastian Winery. Some of them were very strong and I felt a little light-headed when I left! We bought two bottles to take home and they were very moderately priced. Overall it was an enjoyable experience.

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