Opened in 1989, Chautauqua Vineyards is open daily from 9-5 and produces a variety of highly awarded wines from their estate grown grapes.
Complimentary tasting and tours are offered year round in this north Florida winery offering specialty wines and ports. Visitors are encouraged to try the different wines available and to tour the facility and view the wine making process.
The wines at Chautauqua vary from dry, barrel fermented wines, to traditional southern favorites like sweet Muscadine and blueberry wine.
Retail items, gift baskets and of course wine are available for purchase.
At the winery the grapes are crushed and pressed in a state of the art facility. A custom built press was added to the facility in 2004. The press can extract the juice from 30 tons of fresh grapes or 35 tons of fermented reds. The winery also boasts an in house lab for the winemaker to evaluate for Chautauqua Vineyards strict quality assurance.
The 40 acre vineyard produces Muscadine varieties. Muscadine grapes are native and found in most areas of the southeastern states. The varieties of grapes grown at Chautauqua, Carlos and Noble, are improved varieties selected and propagated from native grapes.
Carlos is a white Muscadine variety used for juice and wine and is similar to the well known "Scuppernong" Muscadine. Noble is a red Muscadine variety known for its full and festive flavor.
Grapes are harvested in late August through September each year and rapidly processed to ensure the quality and flavor.
Visitors rave about the wineries very own semi-sweet blush wine, made from a blend of Carlos and Noble grapes; priced very conservatively at under $10.00 a bottle.
A blush is always a must try as it doesn't matter if your first wine love is a white or a red, you can have the best of both worlds in a blush.
Chautauqua Vineyards has a sister winery, Emerald Coast Wine Cellars, located a bit to the south in Destin, FL.