Summer means it’s time to stomp grapes at Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards in Clermont, just 25 miles outside of Orlando.
The winery’s 24th Annual Harvest Festival, Aug. 16-17, features live music, over 80 artists and crafters, winery tours and tastings. A $2 admission fee benefits Cornerstone Hospice of Lake & Sumter.
Opened in 1989, the winery is a 127-acre estate on gently rolling hills west of downtown Orlando. The area was once the center of Florida’s grape industry. After years of phenomenal growth, Lakeridge ranks as Florida's largest premium winery, and remains a pioneer in the development of table and sparkling wines from muscadine and hybrid grapes. Vintage-dated varietals from hybrids such as Stover and Blanc Du Bois are produced and marketed along with blended and sparkling wines from native Muscadine grapes.
Lakeridge Wines are sold under the Lakeridge and Lakeridge Reserve brands wines at the winery and at major supermarkets and wine shops throughout Florida . Together, these labels have won more than 600 awards for excellence in winemaking.
Complimentary winery tours and wine tasting are offered seven days a week.