CEO, Founder, Owner Katya Vineyards › 101 E Silver Springs Blvd., Suite 102 › (352) 528-2675 › katyavineyards.com
Dr. David Sokol, Ocala’s own viticulturist and oenologist—also known as Dr. Wine—is the mastermind behind the unique tastes and natural production of wine at Katya Vineyards. While outside of the state of Florida for several years, the Sokol family planted different varietals to experiment with viniculture (soil, climate, grape variety), including planting vineyards on university grounds to enhance student experience. They also worked with viticulturists and oenologists at many locations to learn different techniques and styles.
“Our family enjoys creating good wine; to experience the absolute and mysterious beauty of our world—the delicately bottled sunshine that becomes a southern wine,” Dr. Sokol says.
From the vines to the tank or barrel to the bottle, the greatest attribute of the Sokols’ wine is a passion to create something exquisite and a continued drive to produce the very best. A good dry, non-Muscadine Southern wine requires multiple fermentations and enough time—up to two years—to allow the flavor profiles to blend. When the Sokols share their wine, they’re sharing part of their family, creativity and traditions.
“Creating wine is one part farming, one part finance, one part chemistry, one part artistry, one part love and 100 parts patience!” says Dr. Sokol. “Once we share our wines with you, you become a part of our wine family.”
Wine: Vladimir, Katya Vineyards Lenoir blend, barrel aged
Book: The Wine Bible
Vacation Spot: Beaches on the Gulf of Mexico
Type of Cheese: Chevre in Blue and Gouda Foenegreek