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Stomp the grapes at this Florida winery Aug. 12, 2017

Henscratch Farms Vineyard

Henscratch Farms Vineyard

The grape stomp at Henscratch Farms.

Even wine snobs will enjoy this.

Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery produces “country style wines,” which are sweet wines made from native muscadine and scuppernong grapes.

On Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, visitors are invited to get their feet purple and help stomp the ripe grapes heaped in big metal tubs.

Located in Lake Placid, Henscratch Farms is in a less-visited part of central Florida south of Orlando. We stopped at Henscratch Farms on a scenic drive along the Cracker Trail from Fort Pierce to Bradenton.

Rooster at Henscratch Farms Vineyard, Lake Placid, Florida

Rooster at Henscratch Farms

We were charmed by the roaming roosters and chickens,  Harley the pig and the Cracker-style porch.

The wine stomp is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12 and includes live music by the Redneck Joe Band.

Admission is $5 (children under 6 are free) and includes the farm’s walking tour, feeding the chickens, and a presentation in the winery with complimentary cheese and wine tasting. Visitors could munch on all the grapes they wanted while touring the farm or buy take-home grapes inexpensively.  Visitors could purchase BBQ, hot dogs, ice cream and wine. The winery suggests you bring lawn chairs and umbrellas.

This event draws about 1,000 barefoot people who, together, stomp over 2,000 pounds of grapes. The wine is then fermented, refined, filtered and bottled in Mid-November. Stompers get first rights to the bottled wine before they are offered to the public.

In the 2015 Florida State Fair, Henscratch won a gold medal for its Raspberry Southern Sippin wine and its Foot Stomped wine won a silver.

Fresh eggs at Henscratch Farms Vineyard, Lake Placid, Florida

Fresh eggs at Henscratch Farms include a lovely green-tinted variety

A visit to Henscratch Farms would make a great stop on a weekend in the area. It’s very close to the lovely Highland Hammocks State Park, well captured in this story.

We also enjoyed our visit to nearby Paynes Creek Historic State Park along the Cracker Trail.

The area has several historic restaurants:

The Seminole Inn in Indiantown  might be on your route if you’re coming from South Florida. It’s a great place for a fried-green-tomato-and-bacon sandwich in an historic hotel.

Yeehaw Junction is nearby and is home to the historic Desert Inn.

The grape stomp at Henscratch Farms is called “Doing the Lucy.” This year (2017) there will be a Lucy look-alike contest.

Planning your visit to Henscratch Farms:

Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery

980 Henscratch Road

Lake Placid, FL 33852

(863) 699-2060

 

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2 Comments

  1. Plse send me information about your vine….contain sulfites or any chemicals?

  2. Pingback: Have a grape stomping time in Lake Placid | EYES! On News

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