Date: Sepember 29th to 30th 2018, 10am to 4pm
Pick your own apples and enjoy a wagon ride through our orchards. Enjoy a sampling of our wines and don’t forget about our Signature Apple pie made with Duchess apples picked from our orchard. For the kid or the kid in you we will have candied apples on sale as well as burgers and hotdogs at the grill throughout the event.
Our apple store will be open from September 4 and we will have Duchess, Empires, Royal Gala, McIntosh, Wealthy, and Honey Crisp Apples as well as our Damson Plums. Late this month, we'll also have Bartlett Pears, Ruby Mac, Cortland, Spartan and Ambrosia.
In October, we will have Golden Russet, Fuji, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. Northern Spy, Idared, Tolman Sweet and Mutsu will likely be ready in early November.
Ocala Reds - Foch
Foch - Known for its deep, blood-like colour, Foch is a weighty off-dry wine that is attractive in its balanced character, making it a versatile red whether paired up with spaghetti dinner or for a sipping break.
Ocala Reds - Marquette
Marquette - With a fruity bouquet, Marquette has notes of black berries, blue berries and black currant and pairs well with a burger or sausage meal.
Ocala Whites - La Crescent
La Crescent - Marked by its deceptively pineapple-sweet bouquet, this wine gives a surprisingly crisp finish with flavours of citrus fruits and even lychee. Goes beautifully with chicken or any light meal.
Ocala Whites - Muscat
Muscat - Not to be confused with sweet Muscato, this Muscat wine is our floral, dry white that would pair well with your seafood meal.
McIntosh - Our new McIntosh wine this year has already proven to be a hit! Made with pure Mac juices and no sugar added, this wine takes after the apple in that it gives a bite of tartness that is immediately followed by a sweet finish. Pair this with your pork chops or sip it on its own.
Sweet Empire - One of our new dessert wines, this one is reminiscent of our iced apple wines without the syrupy characteristic. Have this with your Havarti, Gruyere and cheddar cheeses
Sweet Pear - Boasting a sugar code of 10, this is actually a gentle dessert wine, due to the mellow characteristic of the pear fruit. Delicate and delicious, have this with your cakes and desserts.
We already sold all fresh fruits and welcome to visit our orchard in coming year to taste and pick.
We are grateful to be able to continue farming the land that has been cultivated by the Smiths for over 100 years and sharing the fruits of our labour with our customers.
George Smith exemplified the slogan “Show what you grow and share what you know” and we are honoured to continue his legacy.
The orchard produces about twenty varieties of apples from mid of July to November including Honey Crisp, Gala, Jonagold, McIntosh, Empire, Spy, Russet, Fuji, Ambrosia, Ruby MAC, an 100+ years old Duchess, yellow transparent and Cortland, as well as pears, plums and cherries. Rhubarb, Raspberries and Northern Hardy Kiwi are also grown on site.
We will be happy to offer a good quantity and superb quality of 20 varieties apple, pears and plum in the coming year.
A banquet space is provided on the upper level of the winery retail store including catering service for small scale weddings (<50 person), small to medium size business conferences or private activities such as bridal/baby showers, birthday parties, family re-unions and Ocala seasonal events such as our traditional Dine-In-Vine with live music performance.
Outdoor facilities are available for barbecue events and outdoor gatherings to self-serve groups as well as seasonal Pick-Your-Own and scenic orchard tours.
In the Vineyard:
Despite an awfully wet summer, we will be getting a decent quantity of grapes so expect more delicious wines in the coming year!