You might think you have to travel to California or Italy to tour a romantic vineyard or cutting-edge winery, but the truth is you don’t even have to leave the state. We have many lovely wineries right here, most of which have a uniquely Floridian flair in their style and flavor. Here are nine of the finest wineries to choose from right here in Florida.
1. Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards
This winery and its sprawling vineyards are located in Clermont in Central Florida. As Florida's largest premium winery, this is the perfect place to take a free tour and get a real taste of Florida. Check out their concerts, festivals, and grape stomping as well.
2. San Sebastian Winery
San Sebastian Winery is a great addition to any trip to America's oldest city, St. Augustine. The sister to Lakeridge, this winery uses Lakeridge's grapes, so there's no vineyard to tour here. But the free wine tasting is really fun and educational.
3. Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery
This winery in Homestead, is unique in that although the tours are not free, they offer an explanation of the entire processes of making wine and brewing beer. They are known for their beautiful venue and fruity wines with uniquely tropical flavors including mango, coconut, and guava.
4. Rosa Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard
This mom-and-pop winery in Bradenton offers tours, tastings, and romantic dining in the vines.
5. Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery
Henscratch Farms in Lake Placid, is, as strange as it might sound, a winery the whole family can enjoy. Be sure to bring the kids for the U-Pick seasons and the annual Grape Stomp (August 8th).
6. The Florida Winery
The Florida Winery in Madeira Beach does things a little differently. Ditching the stuffy sommelier image, they offer tropical wines, frozen sangria, pirate mead, and house-blend cigars in a fun, funky environment.
7. Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery
This family-owned vineyard in Spring Hill, is friendly and charming. Guests especially love the bring-your-own-food picnics in the vineyard.
8. Dakotah Vineyards & Winery
Dakotah Winery in Chiefland, is full to the brim with charm, from the tasty, reasonably priced wines and grape juice to the patio overlooking a pond filled with koi and wood ducks.
9. Flagler Beachfront Winery
Although there's only a winery and no vineyard here, they make up for it with a prime location right on the beach. What could be more perfect for a summer day at the beach than amazing wine slushies? You won't be disappointed by this little gem.
Have you been to any of these wineries and vineyards? Do you have any other favorites we might have forgotten? Please let us know in the comments below!