When talking about wine country, most people think of France, Italy or California -- but you can add Alabama to that list, too. There are many family-operated wineries in Alabama producing a variety of wines. Alabama is known for its muscadine grapes, which have five times the antioxidants than other grapes.
Jules J. Berta Vineyards
This vineyard features Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Syrah, and fruit wines such as strawberry, watermelon, and the locally grown muscadines. Open Monday through Saturday. In May, they have a "Vineyard Blessing."
This vineyard features a state-of-the-art facility producing nine different wines, ranging from a dry Muscadine to a sweet blueberry. The winery and gift shop are open daily from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. (except Sundays). Bonus: An annual grape stomp in September.
Wills Creek Vineyards
Wills Creek Vineyards comes from a Switzerland tradition of winemaking. Wines include several varieties of muscadine and grape wines. The winery and gift shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm. In October, visit for the Harvest Festival.
Here you will find a selection of artisan wines and free tours. Bring a picnic lunch, walk through the flower garden, sit by the Koi pond, and enjoy a pleasurable afternoon. Open Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Winery produces dry, sweet, and semi-sweet varieties of wine, including red and white Muscadine, strawberry, blueberry and peach wines. They are open Monday through Saturday from 10 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Alabama's oldest continuously operating wineries produces a variety of award-winning muscadine wines, including a rosé blend, a fruity red, and a white blend. Open Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
This vineyard produces a variety of old-world-style wines. Sip on Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as strawberry, blueberry and apple wines. The gift shop, restaurant, and winery are open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy live music in the warmer months (mid-April through October).
Enjoy hand-crafted barrel aged wines in an estate setting: Cabernet, Riesling, Chardonnay plus American wines, such as Norton (also known as Cynthiana) and Chilton County Peach. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sundays noon to 6 p.m. They also offer lunch aboard the Wine Train!
This 12-acre, family owned and operated vineyard is the only one of its kind in Southeast Alabama. Visit Thursday through Saturday for free tastings of its Cynthiana (a dry red, known as the Cabernet of the South), Scuppernong (a sweet, golden white), and Southern Glory (a sweet red).
Alabama's first farm winery specializing in muscadine table wines makes 22 types of wine, including classics (Ecor Rouge, a dry red table wine; Magnolia Springs, a dry white Muscadine) and more unconventional blends (Joe Cane, a sugarcane juice wine; Satsuma Jubilee, a Satsuma Orange wine). The winery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.