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. 11, 2018, 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.
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.
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.
Planning your visit to Henscratch Farms:
Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery
980 Henscratch Road
Lake Placid, FL 33852
- Henscratch Farms Vineyards & Winery
- Scenic drive along the Cracker Trail
- The 1926 Hotel Jacaranda in Avon Park.
- Highland Hammocks State Park
- Paynes Creek Historic State Park
- Desert Inn