With over 500 acres of vineyards in Florida, the wine industry is growing in Florida every year. There are 88 wine producers ultimately creating 99,108 jobs in agriculture, accounting, packaging, transportation and more. With over 300,000 tourists visiting a Florida winery each year, it has an $11 billion economic impact on our state.* Muscadine grapes are native to Florida and have been used to make wine for hundreds of years. Now, Florida wineries incorporate even more locally grown fruits like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and even citrus to create wine. Why not take a trip off the beaten path and visit a Florida winery? Most wineries offer events, tours and wine tastings so you can make a day of it. Hours vary by season and the weather, so always call ahead and make sure they’re open. We have mapped out a wine trail for you, with distances between wineries just in case you’d like to spend a weekend visiting Florida wine country. Go to our website and see even more listings! Have a safe trip and always drink responsibly. (Send pics!)
TRUE BLUE WINERY
604 Pink Apartments Rd. Davenport, FL 33837
Owners Howard and Fatima Gill have opened the first winery in Polk County. They grow their own fruit and create several blueberry varieties, muscadine, citrus, blackberry, peach and orange wine. They also have a bistro where you can enjoy the wine with a brick oven pizza or a salmon dinner that Fatima says is the best you’ll ever have. Come in for a tasting, pick up a bottle or a case of your favorites. True Blue Winery has just received a silver medal for their blueberry wine at the 2018 Florida State Fair Int’l Wine Competition. They also received a bronze medal for their blackberry wine. If you happen to be at the winery when they have the blackberry wine, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle, it won’t last long. Order online by the bottle or case.
41 miles N on US Highway 17 92
LAKERIDGE WINERY & VINEYARDS
19239 U.S. 27 North Clermont, Florida 34715
Open since 1989, Lakeridge grows native varieties of the red Noble, bronze Carlos, and Welder Muscadines, along with the production of Vinifera grapes including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet Sauvignon at the 127-acre Lakeridge Winery Estate. For grapes needed and not grown, they contract with local growers. They recently won 12 medals at the 2018 Florida State Fair Int’l Wine Competition. This included winning “Double Gold” on their 2014 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Lakeridge also won gold on their Southern Red and the 2015 Reserve Petite Sirah. Open 7 days a week with tastings & tours. Visit during one of their signature events like the 10th Annual Wine & Seafood Festival on March 23-25. Live music, artists, crafts, wine & of course food! Select varieties available in local stores.
26 miles East around Lake Apopka
HUTCHINSON FARM WINERY
8061 Stone Road Apopka, Florida 32703
Hutchinson Farm Winery grows their own Muscadine grapes including Nobel, Carlos, Doreen, Dixie, Jumbo and Hybrids are: Blanc du Bois, Lake Emerald, Stover, as well as experimental grapes from Florida A & M. both white and red bunch grapes. They also offer blueberry wines made with Florida blueberries. They have been making wine since 2005, planted vineyards in 2007 and have won several awards over the years from the Florida State Fair Int’l Wine Competition.
19 miles North
32418 ( or 32430) Avington Road (Formerly Bird Road), Sorrento, FL 32776
Oak Haven Farms began as a 20-acre strawberry farm in 1996. Over time it has transitioned into a vineyard with an onsite winery. Oak Haven produces authentic Sorrento wines including the most popular Strawberry Wine, Blueberry wine, and the Muscadine wines Carlos, Noble and Southern Belle - their Rosé blend. On the weekends they offer very casual food and u-pick strawberries when available. A tasting counter is available, so you can discover your new favorite. They are open November through March, or as weather permits. Follow their Facebook page for up to date changes.
70 miles North
LOG CABIN FARM,
VINEYARD & WINERY
376 County Road 309, Satsuma, FL 32189
Family owned and operated, the historic farm has 10-acres of commercial Muscadine grapes used to make wine in Florida. Visit the farm for any or the signature events throughout the year. Log Cabin Farm & Winery is open weekends throughout the winter where you can enjoy samples for $1 each.
37 miles NE
SAN SEBASTIAN WINERY
157 King Street, St. Augustine, Florida
San Sebastian is the 2nd largest winery in Florida. The native varieties of the red Noble, Bronze Carlos and Welder Muscadines are grown in their vineyards. Housed in a historic building in the nation’s oldest city, with over 150,000 visitors a year. San Sebastian offers wine tours and tastings 7 days a week. A wine & jazz bar is located on the third floor where you can purchase food and drink your wine while you take in the views. Live music is played on the weekends making for an excellent weekend getaway. They won 10 medals in the 2018 Florida State Fair Int’l Wine Competition including 2 “double gold” medals for their Ruby Port and Port. Select varieties available in local stores.
182 miles S down the coast
VINEYARD & WINERY
4200 Johnston Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34951
Florida’s Original Sun & Surf Winery Experience. Laid back Florida sun & fun vibe. Games, Surfboard tables & more. Opened in July of 2012, they are amily owned and operated. Summer Crush is a certified Florida Winery with 10 acres of muscadines. They have a 6500 sf covered pavilion, live music every weekend and 2 acres of festival area. Visit the pond to feed the ducks, fish & turtles. They produce native Muscadine wines as well as Mango & Pineapple. They offer a special Port-style wine aged in Bourbon barrels. Special events are held year round, check the website for schedules. Wine can be ordered online for Florida residents.
81 miles E on US Highway 98
VINEYARD & WINERY
980 Henscratch Road, Lake Placid, FL 33852
The winery is housed in a converted agricultural grain bin that has been outfitted with timber beams, a second floor, guest viewing area, and an outside crushing porch. They grow native Muscadines & Scuppernongs to produce several varieties of country wine. Included with those are a strawberry wine, blueberry wine and even a sipping wine infused with raspberries. They offer a “Grape Stomp Festival” in the late summer where you can stomp your own grapes. It is then turned into wine which is available for purchase later that year. Also on that day, you can enjoy self-guided tours of the farm and live music. Order online.
42 miles N on US Highway 27
FIDDLER’S RIDGE FARMS & WINERY
1750 Longleaf Blvd., Suite#4, Lake Wales, FL 33859
Family-owned farm and winery. Creating blueberry wine with a surplus crop of blueberries one year, they haven’t stopped growing. Offering varieties of wine made with fresh, local ingredients, Fiddler’s Ridge offers blueberry, peach and honey wines. You can enjoy the flavors individually or try one of their blends.
24 miles on State Road 60 W
2122 US Highway 92 W, Auburndale, Florida
Brewpop blends its own reds and whites including a Merlot. Florida honey and some select Florida fruits are used to create red or white Sangrias. Brewpop also serves brick oven fired pizzas and has an extensive list of freshly brewed beer, ciders and gourmet food.