Napa is not the only place to find fabulous wines. Did you know the land of orange groves and sandy beaches is becoming more known for producing some truly delicious wines? From full-bodied Cabernets to sweet Rieslings, Florida’s wineries offer aficionados and day trippers alike the opportunity to tour, taste, and enjoy the flavor of the Sunshine State.
Five wineries in Florida, recommended by FloridaRentals.com, the fastest-growing Florida-only vacation rental platform, based on tasting rooms, wines produced, customer service, and more.
Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards 19239 U.S. 27 North | Clermont, FL
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards sits on a 127-acre estate in gently rolling countryside some 25 miles west of downtown Orlando. This area was once the center of the State’s grape industry. After years of phenomenal growth, Lakeridge ranks as Florida’s largest premium winery and remains a pioneer in the development of premium and sparkling wines.
2. Florida Orange Groves Winery 1500 Pasadena Avenue South | St. Petersburg, FL
Florida Orange Groves Winery is a third generation, family owned and operated tropical fruit winery. They started out shipping and packing fresh citrus in the early 1970’s in St. Petersburg, Florida. Eventually, the owners grew the operation to include retail sales of freshly squeezed juice plus a gift shop. They started experimenting with fruit wines over 13 years ago and now are a 100% fully operational working winery. Today they produce over 43 different varieties of premium tropical fruit wines, all of which are gluten-free! The Key Lime, Hurricane White Sangria, and Mango Mamma wines have won many awards.
3. Schnebly Redland’s Winery (and Brewery!!!) 30205 S.W. 217th Avenue | Homestead, FL
Come check out Schnebly Winery’s large tasting room. It features a strikingly beautiful tasting bar, shadowed by a tree-like glass rack. When you begin to appreciate the architecture of the Grand Tasting Room, you will catch a glimpse of the detailed mural located on the ceiling. As you enter the grandiose double doors of Schnebly winery, the lush courtyard and natural coral waterfalls will provide a backdrop for an unforgettable afternoon wine tasting. Enjoy farm-to-table food at the Winery’s Redlander Restaurant too!
4. Whispering Oaks Winery 10934 County Rd 475 | Oxford, FL
Blessed with a pioneering spirit, the Vanderwey and Coulson clan has united to create a unique blend of Organic vino. Their product is produced with fresh blueberries harvested and fermented with care to create a unique table wine that is far from ordinary.
5. Florida Estates Winery 25241 State Road 52 | Land O’ Lakes, FL
Following a 25-year history of involvement with the wine industry and the viticulture research activities of the University of Florida, Florida Estates Winery opened its doors to the public in December 2001. Florida Estates Winery is Florida’s premium winery, producing world-class wines from the best of Florida’s beautiful bunch wine grapes, combined with wines from the world’s most delicate wine producing areas. The winery is open to the general public for conducted tastings and sales. Picnics are welcome.