Peter and Denisse Schnebly have been living and working in South Florida for over 25 years. They set a goal of starting an agro-tourism business based from their farms in the Redlands of South Florida.
In the spring of 2003 the couple invited their friend, Bill Wagner the owner of Wagner Winery (Lodi, New York) for a visit. Wagner Winery was the second small farm winery founded in 1977 when New York State changed the laws permitting wineries with production of up to 250,000 gallons of wine. During the visit Wagner inspired the Schnebly’s to start a winery with wine made from exotic fruit. This provided the answer to their longing for agro-tourism.
In the fall of 2003, the Schnebly’s began experimenting with the fruits, making wine from tropical fruits out of their garage in the evenings
They also started a brewery with Miami as inspiration by unlocking new taste combinations using fruits, spices, and herbs. They are Miami’s first production craft brews.
Sustainable farming is a top priority as Schnebly wines are made from only the finest fruit. Each mango, lychee, guava, passion fruit and carambola is personally picked for fermentation.
This is a great place for wine tasting. The scenery at Schnebly’s is beautiful. You can even bring your own food if you do not fancy what they have on sale, which is not much. They have crackers and cheese and a few other the things, sometimes even BBQ.
This winery is in the middle of nowhere but once you go inside, it’s another world. It’s a good place to take friends, families and it is great for couples.
If you bring your own wine glass from a previous visit, you get a discount. The tasting is pretty inexpensive ($9.95) for 5 tastings.
Tours are offered on weekends for $7 per person and take about 30 to 40 minutes. The tour guide will take you through the estate, share the history of the family, and show you the whole wine making process.
The Ultimate Tasting is $9.95 per person and you get a choice of five unique wines. You get a glass that is specifically designed to enhance the flavors and aromas of the wine you are drinking. Also, if you keep the etched Schnebly wine glass, you can bring it back and get the tasting for only $5.
The patio and gardens are impressive and serene. You’ll be sipping wine or beer in a little slice of heaven that is unique to South Florida.
Here are two great videos that help you get a taste of what to expect.
Video source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKdb9D4TXXI by
50 Eggs, Inc.
Video Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3MN0tn8YTU
Schnebly Redland’s Winery
30205 SW 217th Ave
Homestead, FL 33030