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“Nice tasting wines”

San Sebastian Winery
Ranked #29 of 140 things to do in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: San Sebastian Winery, founded in 1996 is located at 157 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida in one of Henry Flagler’s old East Coast Railway buildings located just a few blocks from historic downtown. According to historians, this area is the birthplace of American wine, dating back to 1562. Today, San Sebastian ranks as one of Florida's premium wineries, and remains a pioneer in the development of table, sparkling and dessert wines from hybrid and muscadine grapes. Port and Cream Sherry dessert wines are produced by and sold under the San Sebastian brand. All together, San Sebastian labels have won over 1,600 awards for excellence in winemaking, with more coming in each season. Every year more than 100,000 people are expected to visit the winery’s extensive tasting room and wine shop. San Sebastian Winery has an overall production of over 80,000 cases, (that’s over 960,000 bottles!). San Sebastian wines are sold at the winery and at major supermarkets and wine shops throughout Florida and Georgia. “The Cellar Upstairs” Wine, Jazz & Blues Bar, open weekends, is located on the rooftop of the Winery building and is a best kept secret with locals. The Cellar Upstairs features incredible live music from a wide range of talented local and regional Bands. Relax to the music and enjoy the tremendous views overlooking the St. Augustine skyline while enjoying a glass of San Sebastian Wine, draft beer and light appetizers.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

My wife and I wanted to take the wine tasting tour, but discovered that things are done differently on weekends. Instead of taking the tour and then going to their wine bar for the tasting, they set up stations. I guess because it is more crowded during the weekend. They gave us each a small plastic cup, which we would use throughout the tasting. We then walked to the bar where you sampled two wines. Then up the stairs to the second stationed. Here you were able to sample the ruby port, which I recommend, and their signature red table wine. A brief walk around the corner to the third station where we sampled two other wines, one of which was their sherry. The last station has their premium wines, but there is a $5 charge per person to sample those wines. So for those of you expecting the tour and typical wine tasting, I would suggest visiting the winery on a weekday. As for their wine shop, the prices are reasonable and if you buy a case of 12 (mix and match), you get 20% off of the price. We bought a case of several wines and after the savings, it was almost like getting 2 free bottles of the Rupy Port. Nice deal. We didn't make it up to the terrace bar, but it was active. Maybe next trip.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Mario M
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Reviewed 2 May 2018 via mobile

Excellent review of six different wines that were offered for tasting. In addition they will provide you with a wine that was not offered for tasting, excellent customer service.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

A friendly tour with lots of tastings at this winery. We especially loved the light house bottle. We didn't have time but hope to enjoy the cafe upstairs next time!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank allyni2013
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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Free tour will highlight your visit to St Augustine. The tour and video are short and very informative. I now know a lot more about wine-making, thanks to taking this tour. The tasting was the best I have ever had. The presentation was a pleasure and a perfect learning experience to allow you to understand the differences in all the various wine selections. The items in the gift shop were reasonably priced as well.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank mike w
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

The winery is beautiful, offering several samples of their wine for free!! we bought a few bottles to bring home with us and had appetizers and more wine on their roof top bar/restaurant, the staff was knowledgeable and friendly, we had a great time, a most see!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank maiteandjimmy
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