Loftus Family Farm U-Pick Vineyard

Posted in Uncategorized on August 11th, 2010 by admin — Comments Off

Status of the Vineyard
We will open this Saturday, August 15th. U-Pick Grape Season is here!

I have been getting calls from people asking about when the grapes will be ready, so I thought now was a good time to update the web page. The grapes are doing well so far this year since we have had good grape weather . Here is a video to show you how the grapes look as of August 11th and the second one is from July 22nd. The grapes have really made progress in the few past few weeks. Remember, we don’t have bathrooms , so plan accordingly. Also, this weekend they are forecasting a chance of rain. If there is thunder or lighting, I won’t allow anyone in the vineyard for safety’s sake. If you have any questions, just use the “Contact Us” page and send an e-mail. Hope to see you at the vineyard soon.

Don Loftus
Loftus Family Farm
386-462-1227 (home)
352-214-1028 (Don’s Cell)
352-214-0974 (Ermy’s Cell)


Greetings from Don and Ermida Loftus. We are a small vineyard north of Gainesville, FL specializing in dark Muscadine grapes and dedicated to U-Pick. Our main fresh fruit grape is the Supreme, a very large, thin skinned, very sweet grape. The other grape we grow, the Ison, is a self pollinating variety that produces a very sweet, slightly smaller berry that ripens early in the season. This grape also pollinates the Supreme vines which are female plants. I add a new variety of dark Muscadine called “Delicious” that was developed by the University of Florida. I have an article about them on the “Links” page.

It turns out that Muscadine grapes have many health benefits and they taste good too. I have listed some of the articles on the Links page. Take a look and you just might want to eat a few more grapes.