If you take a walk down Sunny Isles Beach, you will most likely notice that there is always an activity going on in our local community. The City’s Cultural and Community Services department offers many recreational and sports programs as well as special events for the whole family. However, what you may not be aware of, are the City’s Cultural Event Trips, which take place twice a month and range from activities such as attending professional sports games, concerts, Off Broadway Plays, and museum visits. This program was created to make the hidden gems of South Florida more easily accessible to the residents and guests of Sunny Isles Beach.
This past month, our Cultural Event Trip took us down to the Redlands of Florida where we found ourselves in Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery. The itinerary for the day included a tour of the facility followed by a tasting of the wineries most popular wines, which included Avovino, Guavino, and Cocovino. During the tour our guests enjoyed a brief history on how the winery came to be as well as the steps and processes that goes into making each of their unique wines. Guests on the trip also enjoyed valuable tips such as the flavor notes of the wine as well as which wines pair well with a variety of meats, fish and cheeses.
The reason why this may not sound like what you would typically expect to try at a winery is because Schnebly’s is not your typical winery. Created by Peter and Denisse Schnebly as a way to promote agro-tourism in the Redlands of South Florida; Schnebly’s Winery was built in 2003. The couple already owned 96 acres of exotic tropical fruits and gourmet vegetables, which they grew and marketed fresh through their produce company Fresh King, Inc. However, with a little help from their friends, Bill Wagner and Doug Knapp, (both successful owners of their own wineries) the couple was able to create tropical fruit wines using local fruit they grew themselves. Ever since then, Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery have used sustainable farming methods to create unique tropical fruit wines and beers and to promote the Redlands of Florida to tourists from all over.
If you were unable to attend the City’s Cultural Event trip to Schnebly Redland’s Winery, the City already has its Fall Cultural Trip lineup ready and tickets are on sale now. Trips include Disney on Ice: Princesses and Heroes, Mai-Kai Dinner and Show, Chicago the Musical, Mamma Mia the Musical, a tour of Vizcaya’s Museum and Gardens, and a Starlit Dinner upon the City’s newly opened Newport Pier.
For information on future events check the SIB Sun Community Newspaper, SIBTV Cable Channel 77, our quarterly Living Magazine which includes our Calendar of Programs and Events and the website at www.sibfl.net or for specific questions please contact the Cultural & Community Services Department at 305.792.1706.