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More than Just a Beautiful Beach!

Vineyard

Wine Festival Season has arrived! March and April along the Emerald Coast has become THE place for great wine events drawing thousands of wine lovers to our beautiful stretch of sugar-white sand beaches. Miramar Beach, Alys Beach, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Destin, South Walton Beaches are just a few who host these amazing events. Did you know there are more wine opportunities to challenge your palate than just along the beach? The Florida Panhandle is home to a handful of fully operational wineries offering a number of wine varietals – and free tastings! Join us as we expand our palate and venture out of South Walton on a wine exploration.

The Panhandle Wineries range from just north of us in Defuniak Springs to just east of Tallahassee. Together these wineries harvest a few dozen different varietals of muscadine grapes. The muscadine grape are very well adapted to the warm, humid conditions of the Panhandle and southeast, U.S. where the American and the European grape do not prosper. In fact they grow better in the southeast than in the cooler climates preferred by most traditional wine grapes. These muscadine grapes have a thicker skin and offer an overall sweeter taste (much like our sugar-white beaches!). The grape harvest season generally begins in late August and lasts into September. Some of the wineries will let you participate in the picking process!

Let’s start at the Chautauqua Vineyards in Defuniak Springs which is Florida’s largest vineyard They host a broad selection of muscadine grapes and wine varietals which you can purchase in their extensive gift shop. Head east to Three Oaks Winery in Vernon and Old Oaks Vineyard in Bonifay. Three Oaks uses the Carolos and Nobel grapes and has created their own Port blend using the Conquistador grape. The Old Oaks Vineyard uses Bianc du Bois for its white wine and Champanel for its red. Both have a tasting room, just call ahead.

If you’re looking for organic wine, you’ll find it at the Monticello Winery which harvests 18 varieties of Muscadine grapes. This winery also supports an entirely organic farm including various fruits and grains.

Each winery offers a tasting room and most are free and are very intimate allowing you to really explore the process and wines themselves.

Expand your palate by visiting the wineries of the Panhandle!

 

My Vacation Haven features more than 140 Emerald Coast vacation rentals in Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Tops’l Beach and Racquet Resort, 30A, and surrounding South Walton areas. My Vacation Haven is known for its personalized customer care and awesome guest discounts for area attractions and businesses. For beachside fun at its best, every accommodation includes complimentary beach chairs, an umbrella, sand toys and a boogie board for guest use. For your convenience My Vacation Haven is located in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin® Town Center. Our Rentals are available for a whole week or just for a short weekend. Check out our wonderful selections and see our great rental rates available this time of the year. Call up your friends and family and start making plans to come down for an awesome visit. You will be glad that you did!

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