Made In America: Bluefield Estate Winery
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Gainesville, Fla. -- Fresh blueberries are everywhere this time of year, and many are grown right here in Alachua County.
In this month's Made in America feature, one young family's dream is growing along with their fresh from Florida crop.
When you think of summer blueberries... you don't often think of wine.
But one local business did, and their American-made wines are starting to take off.
"It started as a hobby winemaking and just grew from there," owner Bradley Ferguson says, "Then we just decided to go for it and try to make a business out of it."
Jennifer and Bradley Ferguson are the proud owners of a North Central Florida winery.
Tucked away just outside Gainesville by Newnan's Lake... you'll find more there than traditional vineyards.
Bluefield Estate Winery produces 11 wines in total: 3 different types of blueberry wines, a few traditional reds and whites, and several other fruit infused flavors.
Each bottle of wine is bottled, labeled, and sealed by hand, one-by-one.
Five years ago the Fergusons started with a little less than two thousand bottles of wine, this year they've produced more than five thousand.
Bradley says while he's no stranger to agriculture, the goal of owning his business is what keeps him going.
"To have something that's my own, even if it's a very small piece of the overall pie as far as florida's production, just to have something that's my own that's what really drives me," he says.
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