Dakotah Vineyards and Winery
Located along busy Highway 19 that traverses Florida from north to south, Dakotah Vineyards & Winery is located halfway between Chiefland and Fanning Springs, Just look for our 1931 Antique Windmill. Dakotah Vineyards is a place of peace and a haven of rest for both humans AND birds.
Dakotah is a family business operated by Rob Rittgers and his father Max Rittgers. Max established the vineyard in 1985 with a planting of 200 muscadine grape vines. The first grapes produced were sold onsite from a board across two five-gallon buckets
Today Dakotah Winery is a 12-acre site with over 6,000 grape vines. A large, comfortable wine-tasting room welcomes visitors. A temperature-controlled wine cellar is the most recent addition A visit to Dakotah provides not only an opportunity to buy Florida wine but an opportunity for self-guided innovational wellness walks through the grounds while viewing the grapes, sheep, geese, wood ducks, koi fish, and other species. Your observations will reveal that the winery is a therapy leader for both the heart and the mind and a conservation leader for both the soil and the spirit.
The Dakotah experience begins in the wine-tasting room where wine samples are served daily at the red cedar horseshoe-shaped bar. Dakotah offers a selection of five table wines, a Florida port, and a non-alcoholic juice made from Muscadine grapes. Tasting Room Hours: 10-5 Monday thru Saturday; Noon to 5 Sundays
Take your time--
The antique windmills offer more than decoration. One of them pumps water for the winery pond. A solar array on another provides light to illuminate the front of the winery. It is powered by a distant star.
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