Did you know that Florida is actually the birthplace of American wine? That's right. The first recorded reference to wine making was right here in St. Augustine, when Spanish missionaries would use the wild muscadine grapes they found in the area to make wine for religious ceremonies.
Today there are 16 certified Florida wineries (22 if you count fruit wines) producing approximately 6.6 million liters of wine per year, and all are open to the public for tours and tastings.
Most of the wines you'll find here are sweet and fruity, perfect for pairing with dessert or bringing home as a unique gift. Some wines are even made with Florida's famous fruits such as Keel & Curley's Blueberry Wine and Florida Orange Groves Key Limen.
My favorite Florida wine is Lakeridge Winery's "Pink Crescendo." After all, what girl wouldn't love pink champagne? In addition to producing vino, each of the wineries keeps a pretty active event schedule, offering music festivals, chocolate and wine pairings, and even harvest grape stomps.
Check out this map and explore Florida vineyards next time you're here!
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