San Sebastian WineryCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: 157 King St, St Augustine, Florida 32084, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-9048261594
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 00:30 Mins
- Tags: Food And Drinks, Winery
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.
- 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.
- Complimentary entry.
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89.83% of people who visit St Augustine include San Sebastian Winery in their plan
3 PM - 4 PM
45.64% of people start their San Sebastian Winery visit around 3 PM - 4 PM
People usually take around 30 Minutes to see San Sebastian Winery
80.95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting San Sebastian Winery
I guess I was confused on what they meant by a "winery tour." I was expecting a tour guide, learning about the winery, and a tasting at the end. It was a self-guided tour through the gift shop with little explanation up front when you walk through the door. The "wine tasting" was walking up to a bar and jumping in on already existing tastings going on. No one behind the bar seemed interested in welcoming us, sharing info about the wine, or even pouring wine. It was disappointing. I was really looking forward to this tour. Yet, I see other people mention in their reviews about their tour guide being great. It's possible it's something you need to schedule in advance to ensure you don't do the self-guided tour if that's not your thing. However, their popular "reds" taste good and they offer free parking at the winery.
We have done the tour a few times before but somehow missed "the cellar upstairs" After another great recommendation on a vacation rental the owners urged us to try this place we had missed..Thank you very much Paul and Kathy! so great, staff was great and friendly and its definitely a local spot! We had wonderful sangrias with a co ocean breeze and great background music. A must to do while in town. Nannie was the best!! If you are lucky enough to get her you will definitely enjoy yourself between knowledge of the area, great personality and service with a smile! We really enjoyed talking with her and all of the other staff was pleasant and helpful as well. Found our new go to spot while in town :) Thanks!
If you're a big fan of drier wines, you may not like these. If you are a fan of muscadine grape wine, this is the place for you. Definitely worth going on a day when they are not having a self guided tour so you get the full experience. If you've been before, the self guided tour is just a walk around a drink samples affair and is a nice way to relearn which are your favorites. Their port is my favorite port of any I've tried. The rooftop bar is a nice place to sit, sip, and hang. It's not really a full restaurant deal, but they do have some food designed for sharing. Go on a day with a nice breeze and a comfortable temp and be ready to hang for an easy hour or more.
I really enjoyed our visit here. The tour is self guided but the tour attendants were very helpful and the winery provided a guide to the wines you taste on the tour. I believe we had a total of seven samples during the tour - all good but the cream sherry and port were particular favorites. The winery is a stop on at least one of the trolley tours, but we walked from downtown and it really wasn't a bad walk. It is a very short walk from the Whetstone Chocolate Tour and the St. Augustine Distillery.
A highlight of our trip to St. Augustine. We toured the winery, tried about 14 different samples of their wine along the way, and kept little score cards to keep track of all the wines. The wife and I took a couple bottles back to the hotel room. San Sebastian makes some of the best wine out there. And you can order online! We like the case sale: sign up for email updates, and every so often, they offer "buy 12, get 12 free." After shipping, the price evens out, but we have 24 incredible bottles of wine for only a few dollars a bottle. That's an investment!