This is the Best Guide to the San Sebastian Winery in St Augustine Florida
Who doesn’t like to unwind? I love travelling and do it in a fast-paced way, but relaxing, unwinding, and stopping to smell the flowers are a welcoming change with a latte, cuppa tea, or a glass of wine. And where better to enjoy a lovely local blend than at a winery? Jennifer, the voice behind Roads We Wander, agreed and found a wonderful spot for the perfect afternoon retreat – the San Sebastian Winery in St Augustine Florida.
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The San Sebastian Winery in St Augustine Florida
When you think of a Winery, you probably picture a beautiful building standing amid green hills and grapevines. While this may be true for many wineries, San Sebastian Winery is a little different.
It is located in downtown St. Augustine, Florida. The city is small and old; as a matter of fact, it’s the oldest in the USA. That being said though, the San Sebastian Winery isn’t nearly as old as the city.
In 1996, San Sebastian Winery was established in an historical building that was built by Henry Flagler- a prominent figure in St. Augustine’s history.
The building is not very big, and, as you can imagine, there is little room for fermenting large quantities of wine, let alone a vineyard.
As a result, the muscadine grapes that the San Sebastian winery in St Augustine uses in many of their wines are grown outside the winery in their vineyard south of the city.
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The San Sebastian Winery Tour
The tour of the San Sebastian Winery in St Augustine was much longer and more informative than I expected. It was incredible. It began in a small theater room where we met our tour guide.
We watched a short video about the winery’s history and the wine making process. As much as I love wine, I knew very little about how it was made before this tour, so it was nice to watch such an informative video.
Afterwards, we followed our tour guide to a walkway that overlooked multiple storage containers, which each held 5,000 gallons of wine. This looked impressive until he told us that their sister winery (the one that shares a name with their vineyard) has multiple 25,000 gallon storage containers!
As you can likely guess, only a few of their wines are fermented on site as they don’t have the space for all of them. While all their wines are started at their sister winery/vineyard, some of them are fermented there as well.
After the tour, we made our way to the tasting table, which is arguably the best part of any winery tour! We weren’t able to try all San Sebastian’s wines, but did try most of them.
We tried the Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Grigio. These were three (of five) wines that San Sebastian Winery in St Augustine contracts out to vineyards/wineries in California.
Personally, I was less excited to try these since they weren’t Florida wines. However, I will admit that they were fantastic! These three were much dryer than the Florida wines we tried.
Next, we tried the Rosa, Vinters White, and Vinters Red. These wines are made in Florida with muscadine grapes grown in Florida. These three wines were fantastic. If I had to pick my absolute favourite, it would definitely be the Rosa! It is an incredibly fruity wine, which I tend to enjoy. Even though it’s a sweet wine, it’s not nearly as sweet as some other wines I have tasted.
In fact, I noticed the fruitiness of this wine before I noticed how sweet it was. I find that with some sweet wines (not the Rosa), the sugar overpowers some of the other flavors, which is unfortunate.
Lastly, we sampled the Ruby Port and the Cream Sherry, both of which were incredibly sweet. The Ruby Port is aged in a Bourbon barrel, which gives it a lot of depth. The Cream Sherry is a desert wine and has a strong butterscotch flavor. While both are delicious, I decided that I could only drink them in tiny amounts.
Since I don’t know much about wine, I was nervous that I would make a fool of myself during the tasting, but the winery has a relaxed view on wine.
Our tour guide repeatedly told us this: drink your wine how you like it. I love this because at the end of the day, you’re the only one who must enjoy that bottle of wine you bought.
If you’re in St. Augustine, I highly recommend spending an hour of your time at this marvelous winery!
How can you not? It’s FREE! Yeah, you heard me: free! Although, be warned: you will likely want to purchase at least one bottle of wine. But hey, that’s not the worst thing in the world, right?
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Fill My Passport invited Jennifer of Roads We Wander to write about the wonderful winery in St Augustine Florida. All opinions are hers and were not influenced by Fill My Passport.