Vino Del Grotto harbors wines for sipping by the glass or carting home. Like homesick stomach butterflies, more than 20 wines by the glass flutter down tongues during tasting flights, tantalizing each guest with three 3-ounce portions of grapey goodness in customized selections such as Yosemite View chardonnay or German-imported Valckenberg dornfelder. Peach-apricot chardonnay and green-apple riesling sate fruit-partial palates, and sips of sparkling Belle Jardin brut bubble upon taste buds, giving them the effervescent feeling of flight that ostriches only dream of.
Ken and Kelly, the owners of Flagler Beachfront Winery, used to run a certified organic vineyard and winery in Ohio. One fateful day, they realized something was missing: the beach. In 2012, they moved to their current location in Flagler Beach and converted the property's trademark "little blue building" into a fully functioning winery.
Here, grapes are gathered from hand selected growers and handcrafted on-site into rich, robust, and fruity wine selections for guests to carry onto the beach—you can enjoy a panoramic vista of the Atlantic as you sip. Guests can fill their glasses or tightly cupped hands with six types of wine from the taps, including cabernet, pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah, red zinfandel, and riesling. The winery also hosts special events such as barrel tastings, wine pairings, and live music on the oceanfront patio.
For Bradley and Jennifer Ferguson, winemaking was initially just a hobby. They fermented their first wine in their kitchen using blueberries plucked from bushes on the grounds of their family's farm. Proud of their creation, they shared the wine with friends and continued to make a new batch each year during blueberry season. Years of practice made the wine tastier and tastier. They decided to make their hobby into a profession, naming their company Bluefield Estate Winery.
Today, they brew two versions of blueberry wine—one sweet, one dry—as well as wines derived from fruits such as peaches, mandarin oranges, or snozberries. Visitors to the vineyard can sample the libations, staining their fingers indigo as a reminder of a day spent picking blueberries and grapes straight from vines and bushes.