Subscribers: RSVP for Sept. 19 wine & craft beer tasting at Island Grove Wine Co.

Island Grove Wine Company has won multiple awards for its blueberry and fruit infused wines.

UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 1:42 PM — We invite you to join GrowthSpotter at our first VIP networking event in Greater Orlando's tourism corridor.

Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens will open its doors to our subscribers for an exclusive wine and beer tasting from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 19 -- a week before the official grand opening.


Attendance is limited to roughly 200 guests, so please RSVP through this link as soon as possible. Attendance is free, and each guest will receive one complimentary drink ticket and a refillable card that can be used to sample dozens of wines from the tasting room's automated dispensers.

Winery owner George Chen has just completed the $7 million winery and event space in August. The 12,900-square-foot venue features Island Grove's award-winning blueberry and fruit-infused wines and a rotating selection of seasonal craft beers.


"We'll be hand-bottling some of our most expensive wines here on site," Chen said. "We're going to bottle an ice wine and a port, and we're going to make mead with honey from our own apiary."

The Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens is the newest tourist attraction in the Orlando-Kissimmee tourism corridor.

The new winery building has its own theater and 3,000 square feet of private meeting space. It also has catering kitchen, bride and groom suites, a bistro, and a heart-shaped garden, which can accommodate up to 630 seated guests.

Located at 3011 Formosa Gardens Blvd. in Kissimmee, the winery overlooks the new Margaritaville Resort. Future plans call for a vacation home resort, microbrewery and boutique hotel.

RSVPs will be accepted only from active subscribers of GrowthSpotter, who can each bring one guest.

George Chen

About Our Sponsors:

George Chen has more than 20 years' experience in theme park construction and management, commercial development, hotel development and management, custom single family home building, green and sustainable construction, and resort vacation rental construction and management.

Chen also has extensive teaching experience in hotel management. He was a professor for the American Hotel & Lodging Association's Educational Institute in various international locations, including Marrakesh, Morocco, Beijing, Shanghai, and Miami. He helped hotel general managers around the world attain their Certified Hospitality Administrator designation.

Keesee Associates, the project architect, provides services to all facets of the architectural community. Commercial, Custom Homes, Remodeling, Production Builder Services and Pre-Drawn Home Plans are what makes Keesee Associates a standout in the industry.


Hanson Walter & Associates is an award-winning civil engineering, land surveying and planning firm based in Kissimmee. HWA has been at the forefront of growth in Osceola County for 30 years and is the engineer of record for this project.

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