I love living in the Redland area of Miami. It's not just about selling real estate here. I love being close to the city, yet removed enough that the country charm comes through. Redland is home to nurseries that grow plants and tropical fruits shipped all over the States. Once you live here, you start developing a taste for tropical fruits and are no longer happy just buying and eating them, but want to grow them too. I've added several fruit trees since I bought my home in the Redlands and already enjoy some of the fruits of my labor (excuse the pun). One thing I won't be able to produce myself though is wine. Luckily for me, there's a local winery doing that already, and doing it quite well.
Schnebly Redland's Winery is unlike most wineries. They have the distinction of being the only producer of wines in the U.S that uses absolutely no grapes. Instead they use tropical fruits. They use five different fruits and produce 7 varieties: Mango, Carambola (starfruit), Guava, Lychee (if you haven't yet tried fresh lychees, you must. They are now my favorite fruit) and Passion Fruit. The winery is the creation of owners Peter and Denisse Schnebly, local residents and entrepreneurs.
The wine tasting room is open to the public. Here you can buy wines as well as wine-related items. I particularly liked their "Got Wine?" T-shirts. For $5 you get to sample 6 wines and keep the etched glass. You can return with the glass and get free tastings forever. I am not a drinker but I enjoyed the tasting. Our "guide" was Javier and he did an excellent job of teaching me all about tasting wines, not just theirs. My favorite was the Passion Fruit. As Javier explained to me, that was to be expected. Most non-drinkers prefer the sweeter wines. But they were all quite good.
The wines range in price from $13.95 to $18.95 per bottle. They also have a limited reserve wine, Denisse's Boo-Boo wine, at $34.95. This last one was created by Denisse Schnebly quite by accident, thus resulting in it's name. Once this one is sold out, it is gone forever.
The winery is open for tastings Mon-Fri 10:00 - 5:00, Sat 10:00 - 6:00, Sun 12:00 - 5:00. On the weekends you can also see how the wine is made by touring the production facilities. Tours are given each Saturday and Sunday, every hour on the hour.
If you can't make it for a local peek, the next best thing is to order their wines online. I've provided their link above.
Schnebly Redland's Winery, 30205 SW 217 Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030, 888-717-WINE