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“Wonderful & interesting winery, but Florida wine is just not good”

Rosa Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard
Ranked #35 of 77 things to do in Bradenton
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

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.

3  Thank Kleetampa
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

Wonderful experience, from Rosa who ran the tasting room to her spouse who ran the vineyard. We took the tour, where all our questions were answered with enthusiasm. Spent time in other wineries and this is by far the best. We left saying that we were proud to support these people, their passion shined through.

4  Thank Rygoo1
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Reviewed May 21, 2011

Arrived early in the morning since the summer heat was kicking up. We took the vineyard tour first with the owner. He was very knowledgeable. Explained a great deal to us about running a winery, various types of grapes, organic gardening, etc. Then we did the wine tasting with Paul. I learned so much from him. We were able to try 8 wines. Loved the Conquistador and the dessert wines, but all were good. Very uniquie, off the path trip. We were not disappointed in any way. Would definitely return and take others.

4  Thank Kathy B
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

My husband surprised me with a weekend getaway to St Pete Beach for my. Birthday. The trip to Rosa Fiorelli's Winery was well worth it. We arrived with a warm welcome that followed with a wonderful wine tasting experience. Paul, their wine steward was knowledgeable, inviting and made the wine tasting experience an absolutely delightful. We met Rosa's husband Antonio, he came to get the couple that reserved a tour and lunch that Rosa was preparing in her kitchen for them. We loved all the wines and bought a case. We also bought Grandma Greer's delicious muscadine preserve and some of that tasty hot oil. We are planning another trip with a tour and bringing family in April. We thank you. The Henderson's. Pris101@hotmail.com

4  Thank Pris101
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

A bit out of the way and not really touristy but good time. The owner oversees the wine tasting in a small building. Were given opportuinity to try all 10 varieties available. Good explanation of each wine along with nice selection of "palate cleansers". They offer a vineyard tour and luncheon (reservations required) that looks like it would be a good "girlfriend" outing. I brought home 3 bottles (and would have gotten more but space was too limited in our car). Their wines are also available at Mixon's but prices were slightly lower at the winery.

5  Thank RAE53
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