Alabama's Top Vineyards and Wineries

Muscadine Grapes Are the Secret Ingredient in Alabama's Wines

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.

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    Jules J. Berta Vineyards

    Jules J Berta Vineyard
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    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, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. In May, they have a "Vineyard Blessing."

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    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.

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    Wills Creek Vineyards comes from a Switzerland tradition of wine making. 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.

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    Here you will find a selection of artisan wines. There is no charge for wine tastings or 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 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In April, there is a Wine & Rhododendron Festival and in December there is a Muscadine Champagne Release & Holiday Gifts.

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    The Winery produces dry, sweet, and semi-sweet varieties of wine, including red and white Muscadine, strawberry, blueberry and peach wines. They are open Thursday through Saturday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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    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 Saturday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. or weekdays by appointment.

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    This vineyard, operated by second-generation Italian winemakers, produces a variety of old-world-style wines. Sip on Merlot, Sangiovese, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as a peach dessert wine, an apple riesling, and a black raspberry Merlot. The gift shop, restaurant, and winery are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. In the warmer months (mid-April through October), the vineyard hosts wine and jazz events.

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    Enjoy hand-crafted barrel aged wines in an estate setting: Cabernet, Merlot, Chardonnay plus American wines, such as Norton (also known as Cynthiana), Muscadine, and Chilton County Peach. Open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., for groups by appointment. In April, visit for the Wine Release & Festival.

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    This 12-acre, family owned and operated vineyard is the only one of its kind in Southeast Alabama. Visit on weekends 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), or swing by during harvest for you-pick-it fruit at $1.50 a pound.

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    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 am until 5 pm or groups of 10 or more by appointment.