Florida was the very first wine producing state. Visitors to Florida are invited to explore Florida wineries which are producing award-winning wines. Many wineries offer vineyard and winery tours, free tastings and the chance to enjoy walking through the vineyards or even picking your own grapes during the harvest season.
1.True Blue Winery, Davenport
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You will find the True Blue Winery nestled in the heart of Florida’s historic small town of Davenport. The name of the winery derives from the blueberries which are used to make most of their signature blueberry wines. You will also find other interesting fruity wines on offer, including citrus, orange and Key lime varieties and classic Florida Muscadines. The best way to find out which is your favorite is to order a tasting flight of one-ounce servings. The winery has an on-site bistro offering tasty home-made fare including staples like quiche, cottage pie, sandwiches and their very popular brick-oven pizzas and roast salmon boards. Blueberry self-picking is available during harvest season.
True Blue Winery, 604 Pink Apartments Rd, Davenport, FL 33837, Phone: 863-419-4400
2.Aspirations Winery, Clearwater
Located in the warm and sunny Florida town of Clearwater, Aspirations Winery has been producing a range of delicious, low-sulphite wines for the last ten years. The winery specializes in hand-crafting a range of innovative fruit-infused wines, and also produces a selection of red, white and dessert wines using top-quality grapes accessed from all over the country. You can learn all about these delicious wines and the processes behind the product by booking one of their very popular Tour and Tasting Experiences, which are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The experience includes a presentation, tour, tasting and delicious food pairings and you will leave with a take-home tasting glass and bottle of wine of your choice.
Aspirations Winery, 22041 US Hwy 19N, Clearwater, FL 33765, Phone: 727-799-9463
3.Bluefield Estate Winery, Gainesville
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Bluefield Estate Winery outside Gainesville boasts over an acre of blueberry plants and a similar size vineyard producing Muscadine grapes. The winery is family owned and operated by an energetic young couple who have turned their kitchen-based wine-making hobby into a fully-fledged commercial winery. Visitors are invited to come and sample their range of grape, blueberry and other fruit-infused wines at their winery tasting room which is open from Thursday to Sunday. Bluefield Estate produces eleven different wines, including their anti-oxidant-rich dry, semi-sweet and sweet blueberry wine varieties. Other taste sensations you can try include their Blackberry Bliss (Merlot and blackberry infusion) and their Peachy Perfection, the perfect marriage of peaches and Chardonnay.
Bluefield Estate Winery, 22 NE CR 234, Gainesville, FL 32641, Phone: 352-337-2544
4.Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery, Bunker Hill
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Located in the heart of Manatee County, the Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery produces a limited quantity of fine ‘small-batch’ wines made exclusively from grapes grown in their own on-site vineyard. The success of the winery is totally dependent on their old-growth ancient Muscadine vines which are native to Florida and which produce an exceptional and unique grape with excellent wine potential. You can learn all about this ancient cultivar and the wine that it produces when you join a Wine Tasting and Tour, held at the winery from Thursdays to Mondays. To enhance your tasting experience you can order a platter of nibbles to accompany your wine.
Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Rd, Bunker Hill, FL 34219, Phone: 941-776-0418
5.Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery, Defuniak Springs
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Located in the Florida town of Defuniak Springs, the Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery welcomes visitors to come and taste their locally-produced range of grape and fruit wines.
The grapes used in the production process are locally raised just twelve miles north of Defuniak on a large 50-acre vineyard. There is an emphasis on raising Muscadine varietals which are native to the area, but the winery also produces Chardonnay and Merlot from Californian grapes. You are welcome to drop in and enjoy a free tasting any day of the week between 9am and 4.30pm. If you visit during harvest time you can watch the production process from the tasting room.
Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery, 364 Hugh Adams Rd, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435
6.Emerald Coast Wine Cellars, Miramar Beach
The next time you visit Miramar Beach you should make a point of visiting the Emerald Coast Wine Cellars for a free tour and wine tasting. The cellars showcase the wines produced by Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery, which is based in Defuniak Springs. Most of the wines produced feature native Muscadine varietals which are home-grown just outside Defuniak Springs. Besides introducing your palate to the Chautauqua wine range, the Emerald Coast Cellars stock a range of delicious wine-based gourmet food products as well as a great selection of wine-related gifts including recipe books, wine-glasses, luxury lotions, fragrances, candles and much more.
Emerald Coast Wine Cellars, 1708 Scenic Gulf Drive, Miramar Beach, FL 32550, Phone: 850-837-9500
7.Fiorelli Winery, Bradenton
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At Fiorelli Winery a little Italian inspiration and a lot of lovingly nurtured vines combine to provide the beautiful grapes from which Fiorelli wines are produced. All the grapes are grown in the on-site vineyards and the winery currently produces a small but special range of four wines, crafted in the Italian tradition. You are welcome to stop by the winery any day from Wednesday to Sunday for a standard tour of the vineyards and the winery. If you would like to complete your Fiorelli experience with a light lunch to enjoy alongside your wine you are requested to order at least two days in advance using their on-line booking form.
Fiorelli Winery, 4250 Country Rd 675, Bradenton, FL 34211, Phone: 941-322-0976
8.Flagler Beachfront Winery, Flagler Beach
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Visiting a winery with a tasting room overlooking the ocean is an unusual delight which you can enjoy the next time you are in the vicinity of Flagler Beach. The Flagler Beachfront Winery’s resident winemaker is Ken Tarsitano, who learned the basics of winemaking in the family basement of his grandfather. Ken has come a long way since those days and is now an accomplished and admired regional winemaker. Ken accesses his grapes from all over the country and the list of varietals produced includes Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc and a beautifully balanced red blend called Corduroy. While you sip your favorite wines you can enjoy delicious Italian small plates or boards on the outdoor ocean-front deck.
Flagler Beachfront Winery, 611 N. Oceanshore Blvd, Flagler Beach, FL 32136, Phone: 386-693-4950
9.Florida Orange Groves Winery, St. Petersburg
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Since 1997 the Shook family winery has been producing some of the best fruit wines in the state. The Florida Orange Grove Winery currently produces a whopping 43 different wines, sparking wines and ports using only one hundred percent pure fruit juice (as opposed to using fruit concentrates blended with grape wine). The winery is at the forefront of the fruit wine industry in Florida and you will find a large range of wines and innovative related products for sale at their St. Petersburg winery shop. Visitors are welcome to stop by for a tour and tasting (no reservations required) any day of the week. A few of their most popular wines include Mango Mamma, Hurricane Class 5 and Key Limen.
Florida Orange Groves Winery, 1500 Pasadena Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707, Phone: 800-338-7923
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10.Gilded Grape Winery, Port Charlotte
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Gilded Grape Winery and Wine Bar offers visitors the unique opportunity to not only taste an amazing rotating selection of wines from around the world, but also the chance to make your very own batch of wine on the winery premises. Gilded Grape believes in de-mystifying the wine-making process and giving you the necessary skills and the kit you need to start producing your own small-batch fruit and grape wines. If you prefer being a taster rather than a producer you can visit the wine-bar to enjoy a selection of local and international wines by the glass. Artisan beers and bottled beers are also available and you can order a snack plate to enjoy alongside your choice of wine.
Gilded Grape Winery, 4069 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, RL 33952, Phone: 877-410-9463
11.Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery, Lake Placid
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You can bring the family to enjoy a great day out in the country at Henscratch Farms Winery where nine varieties of delicious wine are produced from native Muscadine and Scuppernong grapes. You can taste the wines at the Farm Store, where many wine-related items are for sale alongside fresh free-range eggs, farm honey and much more. If you visit during harvest season you and the children can enjoy picking your own strawberries, blueberries and enormous bunches of sweet and juicy grapes. Try not to miss the annual Grape Stomp Festival in August for chance to stomp the grapes and have loads of country-style fun.
Henscratch Farms Winery, 980 Henscratch Rd, Lake Placid, FL 33852, Phone: 863-699-2060
12.Island Grove Wine Company, Hawthorn
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The Island Grove Wine Company was established in 2010 to ensure that good use was made of excess blueberries grown for the fresh-fruit market. What started off as a sideline has expended to become a full-blown winery which now produces sixteen different berry and fruit wines (with more varieties in the pipeline). Some of the signature wines you can look forward to sampling include their Beery Dry Blackberry, Black and Blue and the sweet and exotic Blueberry Moscato. Visitors are very welcome to visit the winery facility for a free tour and tasting from Monday to Friday (Closed on weekends).
Island Grove Wine Company, 24703 SE 193rd Ave, Hawthorne, FL 32640, Phone: 352-481-9463
13.Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, Clermont
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Located acres amid rolling hills 25 miles west of Orlando, the Lakeridge Winery is one of Florida’s foremost wine producers. The vineyards cover over 127 acres and produce large yields of native Muscadine grapes as well as some international varietals like Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. When you visit the winery for a free tour and tasting you can look forward watching an introductory video explaining the production process before tasting a selection of wines ranging from dry to sweet and usually including a sparkling wine. The winery hosts regular festivals and events – you can check online to see what’s happening.
Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, 19239 U.S. 27 North, Clermont, FL 34715, Phone: 800-768-9463
14.Log Cabin Farm Vineyard and Winery, Satsuma
Located along the banks of the St. John River in Satsuma, the Log Cabin Farm has been in existence for over a hundred years. More recently the owners decided to turn their agricultural prowess to growing native Muscadine grapes, which flourish in the warm tropical climate. The vineyard comprises ten acres of vines and the winery produces a range of around ten delicious fruit-inspired wines including a Key Lime and Watermelon variety. You may visit the winery for a tour and tasting – hours are from noon to 5pm on Fridays and Sundays and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays. Check their website for details or regular events.
Log Cabin Farm Winery, 376 County Rd 309, Satsuma, FL 32189, Phone: 386-467-0000
15.Murielle Winery, Clearwater
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Located in Clearwater, Murielle Winery is a family owned and operated business which produces a range of tasty fruit-inspired wines made from quality grapes sourced from all over the country. The wines are individually made in small batches using a process that keeps sulphite levels low – good news for those with allergies. The range includes Key Lime (Sauvignon Blanc and key lime), Green Apple (green apple and Riesling), Tropical Storm (pineapple, pear and Pinot Grigio) and a traditional Merlot. If you enjoy desert wines you should not miss their Sweet Sunset Red, a sinful blend of chocolate and raspberries in the port style.
Murielle Winery, 13131 56th CT Suite 305, Clearwater, FL 33760, Phone: 727-561-0336
16.Panama City Beach Winery
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Located near the beach in Panama City Beach, this winery offers a huge range of delectable pure Florida fruit wines and champagnes. The wines are produced using only top quality fruit with no added flavorings, colorants or sugar to ensure that the end product tastes just as good as the fruits used to produce it. Served chilled (or even in slush form) they are the perfect drink to enjoy on a hot Florida beach. The wide range of flavors available includes Black Gold (blackberry – semi-sweet), Florida Banana, Coco Polada (orange, coconut and pineapple) and a refreshing Cranberry Sparkling. You can pop into the winery any time for a complimentary tasting.
Panama City Beach Winery, 8730 Thomas Dr, Panama City Beach, FL 32408, Phone: 850-233-5950
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17.San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine
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You will find the San Sebastian Winery tucked into an historic old East Coast Railway building close to St. Augustine’s interesting Historic Downtown. The winery has long been a pioneer Muscadine wine producer, but also makes a large range of traditional wines including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Syrah and several intricate blends. Visitors are invited to pay a visit to the winery for a complimentary tour of the facility, where you will learn all about the wine-making process from A to Z. After your tour you can enjoy a tasting, provided you are over 21. The winery is open to the public every day of the week and you can enjoy great wine, food and music at the Cellar Upstairs – check their website for details.
San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084, Phone: 904-826-1594
18.Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery, Lake Worth
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Dedicated to organic farming and polyculture, the Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery produces a range of delicious organic fruit and hibiscus-flower wines and non-alcoholic kombuchas. The winery is dedicated to producing more low-alcohol drinks and is continually experimenting with various crops which naturally enjoy the Florida climate and soils. When you visit the winery you can taste their current wines and kombuchas, (these change by the season) either by the glass or by flight. If you have never tried kombucha you can order a mixed tasting flight to get you started. Check their website for a list of their regular music nights and other events.
Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery, 5926 Fearnley Rd, Lake Worth, FL 33467, Phone: 561-213-7808
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19.Sparacia Witherell Family Winery and Vineyards, Brooksville
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Scenically located at a pleasantly cool elevation of 275 feet above sea level, the Sparacia Witherell Family Winery and Vineyard invites visitors to drop in and learn about their Muscadine and other hybrid vines and wines. Although the vineyards are still very young the enthusiastic family has already produced a range of five grape wines and three delicious fruit wines made from blueberries and blackberries. You may visit the winery from Wednesday to Sunday and can join one of their regular wine and music evenings, when you are invited to indulge in some delicious wines while to listen to some great music and enjoy either a picnic meal or a food-truck supper.
Sparacia Witherell Family Winery, 21509 Snow Hill Rd, Brooksville, FL 34601, Phone: 352-650-8466
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20.Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, Spring Hill
Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery is located among rolling farmlands outside Spring Hill, where they produce a range of great wines from their on-site vineyards. The grapes produced belong to the Ison and Carlos Muscadine varietals and the small and delicate Norton vines, each of which has been carefully selected for their unique flavors and aromas. You are invited to visit the winery for a complimentary tasting and a tour of the processing facility. The farm offers U-Pick during the harvest season and you are welcome to walk through the vineyards and enjoy the enticing aromas of ripening grapes. The winery hosts private parties, weddings and regular events – you can check their website for details.
Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Dr, Spring Hill, Fl 34610, Phone: 352-799-7612
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21.Florida Winery, Madeira Beach
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Packed into a small winery located just steps from the golden sands of Madeira Beach, Florida Winery produces a range of twenty delectable wines which are already raking in the awards. All the wines are produced and bottled on site and visitors are always welcome to drop by for a complimentary tasting. In keeping with the winery’s laid-back Florida theme the wines all feature interesting beach-theme labels and fruity summer flavors. You can look forward to tasting a variety of red and white grape cultivars teamed with the ripe fruit flavors of blackberries, citrus, green apples and punchy ripe raspberries. The on-site store stocks a large range of wine-related gifts, wine freezes and even cigars.
Florida Winery, 12945 Village Blvd, Madeira Beach, FL 33708, Phone: 727-362-0008
22.Three Oaks Winery, Vernon
Owned and operated by the Biddle family, the Three Oaks Winery in Vernon is proud to produce a range of decadently delicious low-alcohol wines made from native Muscadine grapes. Their range includes a light and fruity White Muscadine, a delightful peachy rose made by blending Carlos and Noble grapes, two sweet Muscadine desert wines and a port. If you prefer more conventional wine varietals you can try their sweet or semi-dry Chardonnay wines or enjoy a glass of semi-dry Merlot. Visitors are welcome to drop by for a complimentary tasting and tour of the winery any day from Wednesday to Saturday between 9.30 am and 5 pm.
Three Oaks Winery, 3348 Highway 79, Vernon, FL 32462, Phone: 850-535-9463
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23.Hutchinson Farm Winery, Apopka
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Located just outside the town of Apopka in Orange County, the Hutchinson Farm Winery is a small-scale family-owned winery which produces a selection of wines made from Muscadine and other hybrid grape varietals from their vineyard. The winery is constantly developing new blends of wine which showcase the versatility of the Muscadine grape varietal, as well as the other Californian and Chilean grapes produced on site. You are welcome to stop by the winery for an informative tasting experience from Thursday to Sunday. A few of their most popular wines include the delectable Blueberry Wine produced from home-grown berries and a soft and fruity Muscadine blend.
Hutchinson Farm Winery, 8061 Stone Rd, Apopka, FL 32703, Phone: 407-814-8330
24.Tangled Oaks Vineyard and Winery, Grandin
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Family owned and operated, the Tangled Oaks Vineyard and Winery in Grandin first opened its doors in 2006, when their new Muscadine vineyard produced its first harvest. True to the nature of the native Muscadine vines, the winery produces a range of very fruity semi-sweet wines that perfectly reflect their Florida heritage. Visitors are invited to stop by any time for a free tasting, when you can anticipate sampling their flagship Noble Red as well as their delicious Spring Blush, Carlos and Belle Amie. The winery hosts regular events and classes – you can keep up to date by visiting their website.
Tangled Oaks Vineyard and Winery, 1317 SR 100, Grandin, FL 32138, Phone: 386-359-1707
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25.Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery, Fort Pierce
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Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery perfectly embodies the laid-back Florida lifestyle, combining owner and vintner Gary Robert’s love of native Muscadine wines and surfing. When you visit the winery you will be able to admire not only the delicious fruity wines but also some of Gary’s extensive collection of vintage surfboards. The 10-acre vineyard produces grapes from the Noble, Carlos and Doreen varieties of Muscadine grapes which are used to carefully blend a range of delectable fruity wines that are sure to please all palates. A couple of the most popular wines that you can look forward to sampling at the tasting room include the Mangotiki and Pink Flamingo wines, both of which are blended with fresh ripe mangos.
Summer Crush Winery, 4200 Johnston Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34951, Phone: 772-460-0500
25 Best Florida Wineries
- True Blue Winery, Davenport, Photo: True Blue Winery
- Aspirations Winery, Clearwater, Photo: Rido/stock.adobe.com
- Bluefield Estate Winery, Gainesville, Photo: Bluefield Estate Winery
- Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery, Bunker Hill, Photo: Bunker Hill Vineyard and Winery
- Chautauqua Vineyards and Winery, Defuniak Springs, Photo: Arkady Ten/stock.adobe.com
- Emerald Coast Wine Cellars, Miramar Beach, Photo: aleks-p/stock.adobe.com
- Fiorelli Winery, Bradenton, Photo: Fiorelli Winery
- Flagler Beachfront Winery, Flagler Beach, Photo: Flagler Beachfront Winery
- Florida Orange Groves Winery, St. Petersburg, Photo: Florida Orange Groves Winery
- Gilded Grape Winery, Port Charlotte, Photo: Gilded Grape Winery
- Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery, Lake Placid, Photo: Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery
- Island Grove Wine Company, Hawthorn, Photo: Island Grove Wine Company
- Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, Clermont, Photo: Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards
- Log Cabin Farm Vineyard and Winery, Satsuma, Photo: poplasen/stock.adobe.com
- Murielle Winery, Clearwater, Photo: Murielle Winery
- Panama City Beach Winery, Photo: Panama City Beach Winery
- San Sebastian Winery, St. Augustine, Photo: San Sebastian Winery
- Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery, Lake Worth, Photo: Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery
- Sparacia Witherell Family Winery and Vineyards, Brooksville, Photo: Sparacia Witherell Family Winery and Vineyards
- Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, Spring Hill, Photo: Delphotostock/stock.adobe.com
- Florida Winery, Madeira Beach, Photo: Florida Winery
- Three Oaks Winery, Vernon, Photo: nonglak/stock.adobe.com
- Hutchinson Farm Winery, Apopka, Photo: Hutchinson Farm Winery
- Tangled Oaks Vineyard and Winery, Grandin, Photo: Tangled Oaks Vineyard and Winery
- Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery, Fort Pierce, Photo: Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery
- Cover Photo: JACOBO LOSADA/stock.adobe.com