San Sebastian Winery, St Augustine
About San Sebastian Winery, St Augustine
San Sebastian Winery, St Augustine - Address, Phone Number
Address: 157 King St, St Augustine, Florida 32084, United States
Time Required: 00:30 Mins
Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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Wine tasting is an art, and not simply sipping, swishing and swallowing. A connoisseur of wine can distinguish the taste from one fine wine to the other. Stored and aged properly, makes all the difference to a tasty wine. The San Sebastian Winery has won over 550 awards so far with more to come each season. Vintage-dated varietals from hybrids such as Stover and Blanc Du Bois are produced and marketed along with blended and sparkling wines from native Muscadine grapes at this winery.
San Sebastian Winery, created in 1996 is situated at 157 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida in one of Henry Flagler’s old East Coast Railway. According to historians, this area is the birthplace of American wine, dating back to 1562. San Sebastian is considered as one of Florida's premium wineries, and remains a forerunner in the development of table, sparkling and dessert wines from hybrid and muscadine grapes. Port and Cream Sherry dessert wines are also produced by and sold under the San Sebastian brand. San Sebastian wines are sold at the winery and at major supermarkets and wine shops throughout Florida. With over 18,000 square feet under roof, they have 40,000 gallons of wine storage capacity and their automated bottling line allows them to bottle 1250 cases of wine per day.
Wine tasting involves several steps. The wine should be poured into a clear glass and a few minutes should be taken to see the colour of the wine. White wines are actually yellow, green or brown in colour, and Red wines are a pale red or dark brown. Once you taste the wine, you can feel the bold and rich flavours around your tongue. When you first open a bottle of sparkling wine, the carbon dioxide aroma instantaneously fills the air.
A feast for all of your senses, sparkling wine can instantly put you at ease. Drinking this wine is a feast for your taste buds, bringing several different flavours to rest on your tongue at the same time. All this is taught upon your arrival at San Sebastian Winery. You will be greeted by their friendly staff who will take you on an interesting journey through the complete wine making process. After a short audio-visual presentation in theatre upstairs, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of the 18,000 square foot wine production facility.
Discover the art of winemaking in the rustic but authentic Barrel Room, learn the details of the 5,000 gallon stainless steel tanks where the wine is fermented and stored prior to bottling. You will then be taken through all the exciting steps of wine tasting, while enjoying San Sebastian Premium Wines. The wines made here are mostly muscadine grapes. Recent scientific analysis has revealed that muscadine grapes contain the highest levels of antioxidants and ellagic acid of any other fruit tested. Fresh muscadine grapes and many muscadine grape products provide many health benefits as well.
Wine and Jazz Bar is open weekends, located on the third floor rooftop patio, serving light appetizers, San Sebastian wine and imported beers. The bar features incredible live music from a wide range of talented local and regional Bands. Relax to the music and enjoy the tremendous views overlooking the St. Augustine skyline. San Sebastian Winery offers a full-service Basket Department, where their staff custom-make a wide variety of special order baskets as well as a large selection of pre-made baskets. All baskets offer a wide assortment of San Sebastian Wines, with choices of gourmet cheeses, chocolates, wine accessories, specialty books, linens and tasty spreads and dipping sauces.
San Sebastian Winery Information
- They have an online shopping site, so surprise friends or family by buying online and have them shipped to their door step in a wonderful gift basket.
- It's fun and educational for the whole family. Children are welcome, however tasting wine is offered to adults of 21 years and over with a valid I.D.
- Complimentary Tours and Wine Tasting run about every 20-25 minutes, lasting approximately 45 minutes in length and offered seven days a week, (except for major holidays).
- No reservations are required except for groups of 20 and above.
- Last tours are offered at approximately 5:00 p.m.
- Avoid entering if there are 20 people ahead of you. It can get crowded.
- The staff is very friendly and informative.
- Although the wine bottles are well lit, the pictures you take inside may not come out well because of less light.
San Sebastian Winery Ticket Prices
- Complimentary entry.
Restaurants Near San Sebastian Winery
- Carmelo’s Marketplace: Pizza
- Georgie’s Diner: Diner
- Flavors Eatery: Greek, Mexican
- Ice Plant: American
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I have been on the tour here and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have bought a lot of wine there when visiting St. Augustine and I love the Vintner Reserve wine. However, I order some wine recently to be send to a relative as a gift. It was sent to me at the billing address instead of my relative at the shipping address. Once I received the confirmation in an email the wine was already in Miami UPS building where I live instead of in Virginia where it should have gone. I call the next day that shipping was open, spoke to someone who assured me it was rerouted. It still arrived at my house that night. I have made two more phone calls, each time promised a call back which I did not get. I am trying my fourth call today. Even thought the tour and store are pleasant I cannot say anything good about their customer service for online orders. I feel like they don't seem to care much about correcting their mistake. Addendum: My next call to the winery put me in touch with a very nice employee by the name of Mallory who not only helped but took care of everything while we were on the phone. They shipped a new order to the correct address and allowed me to keep the wine that came to me by mistake.
Excellent free wine-tasting tour. You get to sample 8 to 10 wines, or as many of those as you want. Last tour starts at 4'50, we didn't have a reservation, just walked in. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and humorous. Some of the wines are made with a native Florida grape, so they are quite sweet (they also have a couple of drier wines), they have red, white and rose. There is quite a large store downstairs with special offers. An absolute must if you like wine and you're in St Augustine or nearby.
Staff is super friendly! Wine tour is a must. My twin sister and I vacationed in St. Augustine and this place was probably our favorite. We definitely enjoyed our experience here!
Wonderful evening on the roof with sandwiches and great wine. Next is love music. Come go wrong here.
Excellent tasting tour that you can do at your own pace. Information and pictures to look at along the way. Taste 8 or so wines for free with an optional $5 tasting of two full glasses of their more expensive wines at the end. You can keep their branded wine glass for another $5. Their shop is nice with wines at great prices, sauces and dressings. They also have accessories like aerators and chillers. Fun experience. We picked two wines we liked for $11 each!
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