Nassau, the bustling urban center of the Bahamas, is now home to the country’s first winery. This unlikely wine hotspot is in the Bahama Barrels in downtown Nassau.
The only real city in the Bahamas, Nassau is a wonderful urban contrast to the rest of the country, which is best known for its relaxing beaches, and idyllic waters.
The winery, and West Hill Street where it is located is full of historic buildings that are slowly being revitalized. Bahama Barrels itself is a former convent and church built in 1937, the oldest in the Bahamas.
Due to the famously warm and sunny climate of the Bahamas, the grapes used in the winery are not actually grown on the archipelago itself. Instead, they blend grapes from many different countries to create a truly unique, and Bahamian, taste.
Bahama Barrels is attached to the nearby Graycliff Hotel. Visitors can get involved in the winemaking process by engaging in their own wine blending course. Over the course of an hour, they will learn all about wines – everything from growing grapes to making wine.
These sessions will be led by leading Californian winemakers, who will guide guests through the nuances of both winemaking and wine tasting. The experience will end with them blending their own unique bottle of wine as a souvenir.