What do guava, avocado, lychee, star fruit, passion fruit and mango have in common? In addition to being tropical fruits, they can be tasted as wine here in South Florida. Ten years ago, the Schnebly winery opened in Miami Dade County, becoming the first winery established in the area. Its specialty is to choose exotic tropical fruits rather that the traditional grapes to make its wine.
By 2004, its owners Peter Schnebly, native of New York, and his wife Denisse Serge, from Colombia, who at that time were the owners of a business that distributed fruits and vegetables had begun to explore two specific objectives: first, how to use the remnant fruits that that they had month after month and, second, how to convert the Redland and Homestead into an agro-tourism project.
From those two ideas, the winery was born, and it produces table, dessert and sparkling wines, among others. Wines can be enjoyed in an expansive house whose great doors take us into a beautiful and peaceful, tropical native environment. The flora, coral stones, the pattering waterfall and a friendly iguana strolling in the garden contrast with the hustle, bustle and congestion of the city left after a drive of 40 to 60 minutes.
The landscape that lies before you until you reach the winery is replete with tractors, large fields and people working the land or collecting the harvest. Seeing those things is when you know that you have ventured into the Redland agricultural area.
The winery is open seven days a week, but the fun begins on the weekend beginning on Friday, when you and your family including children can enjoy live music and dance, karaoke, seasonal events and guided tours to learn about the production and history of the winery.
“What makes us different is that you can sense the fruit in our wines, both in the aroma and on the palate,” said Denisse, sitting in the grand wine-tasting area, while she talked to us.
The versatility and novelty of this business caught the attention of everyone in 2011, when the owners became pioneers in Miami Dade County after they obtained a license to produce craft beer.
In this way, they satisfy visitors’ different tastes. “They are light beers for our climate, and our customers like what is rare and innovative,” said Serge. The conception of this new product is the presence of flavors of fruits such as mango, coconut and pumpkin, among others; and the flavor may vary depending on the time of year.
If you love wine and like to try different things, take a tour of the winery, which is located at 30205 SW 217 Road, Redland, FL 33030. I am sure you will enjoy it!
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