True Blue Winery

by Harriet Rust
(Davenport, FL )

True Blue Winery opened in Davenport, Polk County in October 2012. Its title tells it all: it is a blueberry winery. The only winery in Polk County.

Fatima and Howard Gill long time residents of Davenport, started a blueberry farm a few years ago and sent their blueberries to one of the large growers in Central Florida to be shipped all over the US, plus be placed in the local retail market.

At the end of each season they opened their farm for U Pick to the public.

As a hobby they started making blueberry wine and friends encouraged them to market it. They did and after much success they opened a winery. A wonderful winery that also serves lunch and pizza in the evenings.

For more about this winery see Call 863-419-4400 for hours of operation.

We think it worth a trip.

Wonderful wine, great service and friendly folk make it a destination.

Davenport is a small rural town and the winery sits at the edge of town.

Thanks for checking this winery out.

Harriet R. Rust
Davenport Historical Society, President 2013/14

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Apr 02, 2017
Dogs Meet and Greet
by: Anonymous

Not happy with the dogs, they should be somewhere else. A bit pricey, especially the wine, food pretty much same. Atmosphere is different, a bit nostalgic, go with friends for chat over beer, wine, pizza, or whatever, that's nice. Dig for the credit card when done. Call ahead to see if they are open, strange hours.

May 18, 2015
by: Anonymous

A wonderful casual atmosphere. The food is delicious and the owners are there to make sure you have a fun, relaxing evening.

Jan 11, 2015
the hidden gem
by: Anonymous

great food great atmosphere friendly people

Jan 02, 2015
Nice Mom and Pop
by: Louise

For being open less than only three years, the owners have set up a nice place here. They offer wine, beer, lunch and dinner. You can sample all nine wines for only $10 and get a souvenir glass to take home. On Friday nights and Saturday nights you can sit outside and enjoy brick oven pizza, brick oven salmon and wood-fired steaks. This is a nice place to relax. The food is made from scratch, so don't expect to rush in and Rush out. The owner said she takes preorders and take out.

Mar 22, 2014
First Visit
by: Anonymous

We visited for the first time today. I was shocked when wine tasting cost $10 per person. I didn't really need another wine glass with advertising on it so would have appreciated the option of wine tasting with paying for the wine glass. I think they should waive the tasting cost if you buy a bottle of wine. Didn't really care for the wine.

The place is comfortable and the outdoor eating area seems relaxing. We might go back for dinner sometime.

FYI: Lakeridge Winery doesn't charge for wine tasting and their wines are cheaper.

Jan 07, 2014
The Dog Greeting/Pricey????
by: Anonymous

Dan Gribble, you have a good point......

Jan 07, 2014
by: Dan Gribble

Greeted by two intimidating dogs at the front door. Cute place inside. Not too friendly. $9.00 to taste, are you serious? Two people can't share a tasting. All bottles are $15.00. I don't think they will be in business much longer. We left and went to Lakeridge Winery. They have free tasting and $10.00 bottles like most wineries we've been to.

Jan 19, 2013
Too expensive for what you receive
by: Lake Ashton Community

We called the day before, $6 for wine tasting; inclusive of a souvenir wine glass. Less than 12 hours, price went up to $7. The shrimp chowder is $3.50/bowl. It was served in a tiny disposable bowl with no shrimp seen in the chowder. The sandwiches were tasty. We bought 4 bottles of blueberry wine each. We feel if you buy several bottles of wine, they should wave the wine tasting fee.

Two adults with 2 sandwiches, 2 chowders and 2 bottles of wine ($14.95 each)and 2 wine tasting fees was over $80.00. This is high way robbery at tough times. We will never go back.

This is a place people go once and do not return.

Jan 01, 2013
A Different Outing
by: Bill Williams

One trip to True Blue and you're hooked. Howard and Fatima have done an excellent job with this start up business. Just go, enjoy the atmosphere, good wine, good pizza, special beers, and friendly folks.

Dec 30, 2012
It's Great, Try it
by: Anonymous

Howard and Fatama have worked very hard and success is a result. A place to go, enjoy a friendly atmosphere not easily found anywhere.

Dec 30, 2012
A brilliant gem
by: Anonymous

This is another one of the gems that create a great place to live. The Gill's are to be commended for their hard work and perserverance to provide a quaint but yet super place to go while touring around. Small towns and cities do have their place in the sun.

Dec 29, 2012
I Love Success Stories Lke This!
by: Greg May

I love success stories such as this because it proves that hard work and determination can make dreams come true.

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