Island Grove Wine Company
in the forests of Central Florida, just a short drive North of Ocala, is
the Island Grove Wine Company. This well-kept
secret is starting to make some big waves in the wine community. Island Grove
is becoming famous for its 100% blueberry wines as well as other specialty
fruit wines. These desirable wines are currently carried at Sweetbay grocery
stores throughout the state and more distributors are carrying them everyday.
Island Grove Agricultural Products company began in 1994 as a producer of
blueberries for grocery stores. When they had a surplus of berries, the idea
formed to start fermenting them into a unique and delicious wine. An expert
wine maker, Chase Marden, was brought to the facility to begin the great
experiment which would eventually become the Island Grove Wine Company.
Today the Island
Grove Wine Company uses berries from over 300 acres of blueberry fields to make
their wine. Their broad selection currently features 8 varieties with the
promise of more to come. These include: Sorta Sweet Blueberry Wine, Kinda Dry
Blueberry Wine, Rustic Raspberry, Back Porch Peach, Bold Blackberry, Southern
Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and a Holiday Wine which is seasonal.
Although this company
is growing and busy, they are always happy to have visitors. Island Grove
offers winery tours every day (provided you call in advance). Wine tastings and
field tours are also provided complimentary to large groups which arrange trips
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