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Coming this month!
Wine & Chocolate Festival
Wine and Chocolate is the theme for this very special event at this seasonal time of year. Local Artists and Crafters are invited to display their work. Enjoy live music by incredible bands on outdoor stage throughout the entire weekend.
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Although Gary had grown up predominately in the construction business working with his father Francis Boynton Cox, his dream was to have his own business. After finishing school Gary became a C.P.A. with the Tallahassee firm Williams, Cox, Weidner, and Cox, where he practiced accounting for about thirteen years. While traveling, Gary and his wife Carole often enjoyed visiting different wineries both in the United States and Europe . The interest grew from there. After he planted five acres of vineyards at his home he then decided to take the step to go forward with his dream of opening a winery. Cox decided to form the group to start the Lafayette Winery. A year later in 1983 Lafayette Vineyards in Tallahassee was born. One of the first employee's was wine maker Jeanne Burgess who has been with the company ever since.
In 1992 Gary 's son Charles joined the team at Lakeridge Winery to assist with the marketing, retail and ever growing special events which Lakeridge Winery would host. The two worked very well together and the match would prove successful. The winery has grown significantly in its wine production over the past years, which has allowed the Cox's to open a very successful second location in St. Augustine , Florida , San Sebastian Winery, which has proven itself as an industry leader.
The wineries are now structured as a private corporation with Gary Cox as president, Charles Cox as vice-president, and Gary's wife Carole as secretary and Mandi Enix as treasurer. The family has always had a strong commitment to produce a quality product, with possibly an even stronger commitment to their customers. The Cox family invites you to either of their wineries for a free tour and wine tasting, whether a first time or repeat visitor, you are assured to have a wonderful time, as well as learn about the great wines Florida has to offer.
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