364 Hugh Adams Road Defuniak Springs, FL 32435
Conveniently located on the corner Hwy 331 and I-10.
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our wine production
The first step in production begins in the vineyard. Our 45 acre vineyard was planted in 1979 and is located 12 miles north of Defuniak Springs. The grapes are of Muscadine varieties. Muscadine grapes are native and are found growing wild in most areas of the southeastern states. Our varieties are Carlos and Noble, improved generations selected and propagated from native grapes. Again, our vineyard is not located on site. However, we have a preview of our vineyard on our front lawn. This preview consists of about 10 rows of the actual Carlos and Noble grape. Our customers enjoy picking these grapes during the harvest season. This gives everyone a hands-on feel of the actual grapes used to make our wines. These grapes are sweet straight from the vine. Be sure to pick a few and taste them for yourself -You'll see just what the rave is all about!
Carlos is a white Muscadine variety used for juice and wine and is similar to the well-known "Scuppernong" Muscadine. Noble is a red Muscadine variety and is known for its full and festive flavor. Great care and attention is paid to the cultivation of the vineyards. The grapes are fertilized and irrigated to yield crops of quality and healthy vines for future vintages.
The grape harvest begins in late August and lasts into September. A mechanical picker is used to quickly and efficiently harvest the fruit in the cool morning hours. The grapes are then delivered to the winery for crushing, usually within a couple hours after picking to maximize freshness. This cool picking and rapid processing is essential to capturing the quality and flavor of these exceptional grapes. The quality of a wine hinges on the vineyard and our goal is to maintain that quality from vine to bottle.
The grapes are crushed and pressed in a state-of-the-art facility. Our winery boasts over 70,000 gallons of temperature-controlled, stainless steel cooperage as well as over 1,980 gallons of barrels for oak aging. The commitment to quality and efficiency is showcased in the press used for processing. The current wine press was added in 2004 and is a 12,000 liter Europress. This wine press was custom-built for Chautauqua by the Scharfenberger Company of Germany. Currently, this is the largest press of its kind East of the Rocky Mountains. This press can gently extract the juice from 30 tons of fresh grapes, or 35 tons of fermented reds in a single load. The winery also has its own in-house lab for the winemaker to evaluate field samples and wines as part of Chautauqua's strict Quality Assurance program.
After crushing, the white grapes are immediately pressed and the juice is quickly chilled. When the juice is clarified, cultured wine yeast is added and the fermentation process begins. The white wines are generally fermented at very cool temperatures, around 50-55 degrees F, this to capture aroma and flavor. Reds are handled a bit differently. The grapes are crushed into fermentation tanks while select wine yeast is added. They are then fermented "on the skins" for several days to extract the flavor and color from the skin of the grape. When ready, the free run fermenting juice is drained, and the skins and pulp are pressed. Red wines are fermented at cool temperatures, usually 70 degrees F. Both white and red wines ferment until all sugar is converted to alcohol, this itself ending the fermentation process. The wines are then allowed to settle and any blending that is done happens at this stage. Thereafter, the wines are clarified and stabilized in preparation for bottling. Grapes harvested in the fall are made into wines which are typically ready for bottling the following spring
Travel Back In Time With Us:
Chautauqua Vineyards & Winery has been a popular tourism favorite on the Emerald Coast of Florida for years. Along with our sister store and vineyard, our light-hearted, whimsical approach to wine and wine-related retail gifts moves us to the top of the list of places to visit for thousands of people annually. The name of Chautauqua was chosen for the Vineyards and Winery because of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, the town that was home to the permanent Winter Assembly of the Chautauqua Assembly from Chautauqua County, New York from 1885 to 1928. Many turn-of-the-century homes (and the Chautauqua "Hall of Brotherhood") still stand, gracing the shores of a perfectly round lake that is the center of the city.
On February 12, 1885 the Florida legislature approved the incorporation of the Florida Chautauqua Association whose purpose was to establish and maintain an educational institution known as an assembly on the general plan of Chautauqua Assembly, in the state of New York with courses of lectures and class of lectures and class instruction in art, science, philosophy, history, literature, theology, and morals, and other branches of study.
Near the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood building is the Walton County Library on Circle Drive, the oldest existing, operating library in the state of Florida.
364 Hugh Adams Road Defuniak Springs, FL 32435
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Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery introduced it's second location, Emerald Coast Wine Cellars, in 2001. This location has been a very popular shop for both locals and tourists from around the world. They also offer a gift basket shop. These are great for any occasion - birthdays, silent auctions, work related, or just because! In 2016, Miss Emerald Coast Boutique was launched and has proudly flourished. Below you will see a preview of what they have to offer! Click HERE to be directed to their Facebook page.
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Fabulous Muscadine Jelly At Home – As Tasty As Ours, But We’ll Never Admit It:
Muscadine jelly is a marvelously delicious, sweet topping that’s makes a perfect snack when spread on toast, rolls, muffins, and other treats. If you haven’t tried it, you’ll be glad of taking the opportunity.
Far be it from Chautauqua Vineyards & Winery to send you off on your own adventure to make delicious Muscadine Jelly – indeed, we’d much rather you leave it to the true professionals and then have you come into the Defuniak Springs, Florida store and get it from us – but never let it be said that we’re not generous.
HOME MADE MUSCADINE JELLY:
- 4 cups grape juice stock
- 7cups sugar
- 1/2 bottle liquid pectin
Fully ripened fruit may be used for jelly made with commercial pectin. Measure juice into kettle. Stir in sugar.
Place on high heat and stirring constantly, bring quickly to full rolling boil that can not be stirred down.
Add pectin and heat again to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for one minute.
Remove from heat; skim off foam quickly.
Pour at once into hot sterile glasses and seal. (Note: Add 1/3 more sugar when using wild grapes.)
Next, write us and rave about how delicious it is and how you can’t wait to stop in and get a jar of our Muscadine Jelly to see if yours measures up.