I cannot say enough about how friendly the family is at Rosa Fiorelli. We pre-booked a tasting, tour and lunch. There seemed to be a little confusion about our reservation when we arrived, but they took it in stride and treated us like royalty! The owner's wife led the tasting, and gave us a good explanation of each grape, the type of wine, and what it would go well with. Unfortunately, Florida simply doesn't have a good climate for growing grapes. Muscadines do well in Florida, and the winery also had some experimental varieties developed by the University of Florida and Florida A&M University. Unfortunately, I just didn't care for the wines. The muscadine sweet desert wine was fairly good, which is what muscadines do best. The dry muscadine wines and the experimental varietals were just too harsh. Four of us tasted together, and a couple people dumped their glasses after just on sip. They had cheese spread, crackers, pretzels and mustard out for cleansing your palate between tastes.
Antonio, the winemaker, took my friend & I on a short tour of the wine-making area and the vineyards. It was very interesting. This is a small operation with just one press, hand-corked one bottle at a time. It was great to have the owner there to explain the system and equipment. Antonio graciously answered every question we asked. He walked us through the vineyards and explained some of the scientific experiments they're taking part in.
Our tour ended in a covered outdoor picnic pavillion, where we had lunch consisting of sandwiches and salad. They provide water or soda with lunch, but of course they'd prefer that you buy a bottle of their wine to drink! Unfortunately, there just wan't one that I liked, so we stuck with water.
I wish the owners as much success as possible. Florida is just a tough venue for growing grapes.
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