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April 20, 2015

Food & Wine Tours

Raise your Glass: Florida Wineries, Tours and Tastings

By Lauren Tjaden

Florida and wine: it’s a love affair, one that began many years ago.

St. Augustine, set against Florida’s northeast coast, is heralded as the birthplace of American wine, producing since about 1565. Likewise, the first wine grapes in the United States were grown in the Sunshine State by Spanish missionaries in the 16th century — because what’s a religious ceremony without sacramental wine?

Since then, the relationship has aged, matured, and gotten better.

Sunshine State wine is not only delicious but different too, because Florida’s winemakers often favor the Muscadine grape or other native grapes that stand up to Florida’s heat and humidity better than traditional wine grapes like Chardonnay or Merlot. Florida makes wines from tropical fruits, too.

Today, all around the state, you can discover winery tours, wine tasting, and unique events.

Berry delicious

For a tropical treat, visit Florida Orange Groves Winery, located in St. Petersburg. It produces Florida’s only ultra-premium tropical, citrus and berry wines – and you’re invited to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Mango Mamma is one of their award-winning wines, and it’s easy to see why. It’s exotic, crisp, and intense, leaving you with a long, juicy mango finish. But you have a lot of luscious choices, 43 different varieties to be exact.

Step on it

Looking for a unique event? You won’t want to miss the Annual Harvest Grape Stomp at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards. Your whole gang can ditch their shoes, climb in a barrel and join in this age-old tradition. The Winery, encompassed by graceful, 127-acre estate located west of Orlando in Clermont, holds bragging rights as Florida’s largest premium winery.

Savor the scenery

St. Augustine is home to San Sebastian Winery, a premium winery noted for pioneering the development of premium, sparkling and dessert wines from Muscadine grapes. Its wines have won well over 700 awards at last count, and the Winery provides the perfect place to sample them.The Cellar Upstairs Wine and Jazz & Blues Bar features eclectic live music, an open-air deck with great views, appetizers, imported and domestic beers, and of course, a wide selection of San Sebastian Wine.

But wait, there’s more…

Think of these offerings as just the first sip of a delightful glass of wine. Florida has more than 35 wineries, listed below by region. Go explore. And enjoy.

North

Bluefield Estates Winery
22 NE CR 234
Gainesville, FL 32641
Phone: (352) 337-2544
www.bluefieldestatewinery.com

Chautauqua Vineyards
364 Hugh Adams Rd.
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
Phone: (850) 892-5887
www.chautauquawinery.com

Dakotah Winery & Vineyards
14365 NW Hwy 19
Chiefland, FL 32626
Phone: (352) 493-9309
www.dakotahwinery.com

Emerald Coast Wine Cellars
1708 Scenic Gulf Drive
Destin, FL 32550
Phone: (850) 837-9500
www.emeraldcoastwinecellars.com
www.emeraldcoastgiftbaskets.com

Flagler Beachfront Winery
611 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Flagler Beach, FL 32136
Phone: 386-693-4950
www.flaglerbeachfrontwinery.com

Island Grove Wine Company
24703 SE 193rd Ave
Hawthorne, FL 32640
Phone: (352) 481-WINE (9463)
www.IslandGroveWineCompany.com

Log Cabin Farm & Vineyard and Winery
376 C.R. 309
Satsuma, FL 32189
Phone: (386) 467-0000
www.logcabinfarmwinery.com

Monticello Vineyards & Winery
1211 Waukeenah Highway
Monticello, FL 32344
Phone: (850) 294-WINE (9463)
www.monticellowinery.com

Royal Manor Winery
224 Royal Ave
Interlachen, FL 32148
Phone: (386) 684-6270 or (386) 916-8909
www.royalmanorwinery.com

San Sebastian Winery
157 King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Phone: (904) 826-1594 or (888) 352-9463
www.sansebastianwinery.com

Tangled Oaks Vineyard
1317 State Road 100, PO Box 98
Grandin, FL 32138
Phone: (386) 659-1707
www.tangledoaksvineyard.com

Three Oaks Winery
3348 Highway 79
Vernon, FL 32462
Phone: (850) 535-9463
www.threeoakswinery.com

Central

Aspirations Winery
22041 US HWY 19 N
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: (727) 799-WINE  (9463)
aspirationswinery.godaddysites.com/

Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery
8905 Bunker Hill Rd
Duette, FL 34219
Phone: (941) 776-0418
www.bunkerhillvineyard.com

Florida Estates Winery
25241 State Road 52
Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639
Phone: (813) 996-2113
www.floridaestateswines.com

Florida Orange Groves, Inc. & Winery
1500 Pasadena Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Phone: (727) 347-4025
www.floridawine.com

Florida Winery
12945 Village Blvd
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
Phone: (727) 362-0008
thefloridawinery.com

Hangar 41 Winery
10970 S. Cleveland Ave. #304
Fort Myers FL 33907
Phone: (239) 542-WINE (9463)
www.hangar41brewshop.com/winery

Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery
980 Henscratch Road
Lake Placid, FL 33852
Phone: (863) 699-2060
www.henscratchfarms.com

Hutchinson Farm Winery
8061 Stone Road
Apopka, FL 32703
Phone: (407) 814-8330
www.hutchinsonfarmwinery.com

Hutchinson Farm Winery, LLC
8061 Stone Road
Apopka, FL 32703
Phone: (407) 814-8330
hutchinsonfarmwinery.com/

Keel and Curley Winery
5202 W. Thonotosassa Rd.
Plant City, FL 33565
Phone: (813) 752-9100
www.keelandcurleywinery.com

Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
19239 U.S. 27 North
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: (352) 394-8627 or (800) 768-WINE (9463)
www.lakeridgewinery.com

Masaryk Winery
19121 Phillips Rd
Masaryktown, FL 34604
Phone: (352) 308-0110
www.masarykwines.com/home.html

Murielle Winery
13131 56th Ct N #305
Clearwater, FL 33760
Phone: (727) 561-0336
www.muriellewinery.com

Oak Haven Farms & Winery
32418 Avington Road
Sorrento, FL 32776
Phone: 352-735-1996
www.berriesandwines.com/

Rosa Fiorelli Winery, Inc.
4250 CR 675
Bradenton, FL 34202
Phone: (941) 322-0976
www.Fiorelliwinery.com

Sparacia Witherell Family Winery & Vineyards
21509 Snow Hill Road
Brooksville, FL 34601
Phone: (352) 650-8466
sparaciawitherellfamilywinery.com

Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery
17810 Forge Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34610
Phone: (352) 799-7612
www.strongtowervineyard.com

Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery
4200 Johnston Road
Fort Pierce, FL 34951
Phone: (772) 460-0500
www.summercrushwine.com

Tarpon Springs Castle Winery
320 Tarpon Ave.
Tarpon Springs FL 34689
Phone: 727-644-2061 or 727-943-7029
tscwinery.com/

The Empire Winery and Distillery
11807 Little Rd.
New Port Richey, FL, 34654
Phone: (727)-819-2821
www.hudsonfla.com/empire.htm

True Blue Winery
604 Pink Apt. Rd
Davenport, FL 33837
Phone: (863) 419-4400
www.truebluewinery.com

Whispering Oaks Winery
10934 N. County Rd 475
Oxford, FL, 34484
Phone: 352-748-0449
winesofflorida.com

South

Schnebly Redland’s Winery and Brewery
30205 SW 217th Avenue
Redland, FL 33030
Phone (305) 242-1224 or (888) 717-WINE (9463)
www.schneblywinery.com

Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery
5926 Fearnley Road
Lake Worth, FL 33467
Phone:  (561) 213-7808
www.sd-farm.com/home

 

more info @ https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/eat-drink/florida-wineries.html

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