Stay & Play Inspiration
Welcome to summertime, also known as Muscadine grape season on Florida's Adventure Coast. Ripe and ready to pick from early July through the early August, these colossal, deep purple or bronze orbs are tasty and nutrition-rich. Pluck and eat them one-by-one or get creative with limitless delectable preparations.
Muscadine grape vines are well adapted to our warm and humid climate; they need fewer chilling hours than better known varieties, thriving on summer heat.
The Muscadine grape season means available crops are ripe for about three weeks. Actual dates are weather dependent and local growers post harvest status updates on websites and Facebook.
Day One: Vine Time
Enjoy a day in the countryside visiting one or both Adventure Coast vineyards to harvest your special grapes. Grab your bag or basket, sunscreen, hat and closed-toe shoes; it won’t take long to collect as many as you can carry.
Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery
17810 Forge Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34610
Wednesday through Saturday, 10:00am-6:00pm
Owners Terry and Janis McKnight will be happy to welcome you and point the way to the ripe and ready vines. While at the Vineyard, enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda during your U-Pick visit, or browse the wine and gift shop.
Jubilee Grape Vines
U-Pick Muscadine Grapes
26201 Atlantis Lane
Brooksville, FL 34601
Nothing quite beats a bucket of the sweet and healthy Muscadine grapes, picked by hand. At Jubilee Grape Vines, there are five varieties available:
• Early Fry (light bronze color and sweet)
• Late Fry (dark bronze our best Muscadine)
• Supreme (dark in color the very best of the black Muscadine)
• Pam (light bronze with a unique flavor)
• Darlene (bronze color, our most popular)
Day Two: Preserve the Summertime
Not only are these seasonal treats great for snacks; hundreds of recipes are
available for processing your harvested grapes into wines, jams, jellies,
sauces and other tasty delights.
Florida’s Adventure Coast is proudly home to one of only two such locations in the state that will help you create your own flavorful recipes. Preserve Muscadine season at our own Little Rock Cannery.
Begin your canning adventure by calling ahead to Cannery, as appointments must be set in advance. If you have questions, the staff will be happy to chat with you about the facility and what you will need to bring with you. State of the art equipment will have you prepping and processing in a safe and professional manner.
Whether you are a seasoned canner, or would like to learn, the friendliness and knowledge of the staff will create a memorable Grape Adventure you will want to experience long after grape season.
Savor your sense of picking and preserving accomplishment over dinner at nearby local favorite Papa Joe’s for classic Italian cuisine. Open since 1981, owners Joe and Donna Giarratana’s passion for family, community and good food has proven a recipe for success.
Download our U-Picking and Farm Tours map and plan your grape escape today!