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

     

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