Jackson County vineyard is a family affair

SNEADS, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Fox Hollow Vineyard in Sneads has served grape lovers for more than a decade.

"We love seeing our regular customers," owner Susan Paul said. "We love meeting new customers. We see lots of people that make us a day trip destination."

Susan and her husband Bruce open the U-Pick vineyard for a couple months each year.

"Muscadines, they're an acquired taste for some people, but if you grow up loving muscadines there's nothing that will substitute," Susan said.

Wood and wire hold up the vineyard, but the real backbone is family.

"I get to spend a lot of time with my mother and daddy," Susan said. "They come out and help me out. My husband's a huge help. It really is a family affair out here, so it's kinda like the family that farms together, stays together."

Susan's father, L.B. Howell, has seen the vineyard grow from the ground up.

"We planted on a cold, February day, 28 degrees and raining," L.B. said. "We planted 500 vines in two days."

If you ask L.B. why he loves Fox Hollow, he'll tell you there's a couple reasons.

"The health benefits from the-- I'm a diabetic," L.B. said. "I can eat these grapes... not in excess."

However, the other reason lasts longer than a season.

"The main reason I love this vineyard is because of that baby girl," L.B. said. "She's my firstborn and she's the reason."

Susan and her family also sell different types of jelly and fig preserves. In their off time, they enjoy trying their hand at a little wine making.

With fall just around the corner, picking season at Fox Hollow Vineyard is coming to a close. Labor Day is the last day for the 2017 season, but the vineyard will reopen the first weekend of August.