Lakeland-Great wine made your way

Looking for a great bottle or case of unique, homemade wine? Look no further than Lakeland Winery in the heart of Lakeland. The winery formerly known as Vine 2 Wine has been in operation under its new name and owner since 2005. The winery's new owner, Andrew Watkins, invites everyone to come and experience what adopting a jug of your own handcrafted wine is all about.

What exactly does "adopting" wine entail? It's easy. All you have to do is come in and taste some of the many varieties of wine that Watkins offers in the "party room," which can hold up to 40 people comfortably. This way you can get an idea of the type of wine that you like and go from there. After deciding what you would like from an extensive list of choices, Watkins will then begin to make your wine for you.

"If someone wants their wine to have more of an oak flavor, I can do that. I can add a number of ingredients to really personalize the wine," Watkins said. "However, there are some wines that I make that I would prefer not to change too much."

Don't expect to walk out with your case of personalized wine that day, though. Winemaking is a process, and it will take months before your wine is just right and ready for consumption. But it is worth the wait.

Most wine benefits greatly from some aging. Typically, red wines require six to 12 months, and white wines require three to sixth months of aging to perfection.

"We've had a few pregnant woman come in during their first trimester to order a case of wine, so that by the time the baby arrived their wine was ready," Watkins said. "I think they figured they may need it."

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