The Sunshine State boasts a variety of Florida wineries, big and small. The Florida Wine and Grape Growers Association (FWGGA) lists more than 30 members in its business directory. According to its website, the state ranks seventh in the U.S. in wine production.
What follows is a synopsis of the FWGGA’s wineries, categorized by region. (Before you visit, call to check on a vineyard’s days and hours. Some are open by appointment only; some are open only seasonally.) This is far from an all-inclusive list of Florida Wineries. But it provides an overview of what wineries and vineyards are in our state.
Among Florida wineries, Lakeridge, in Clermont, is the largest. / Contributed
Agri-Starts; 1728 Kelly Park Road, Apopka; 407-889-8055; www.agristarts.com
Agri-Starts specializes in the production of edible, tropical and native starter plants, including blueberries.
Allison Family Farm; 124 Diamond Lake Lane, Crescent City; 904-591-1515; allisonfamilyfarm.com
Offers U-pick fruits, including muscadine grapes. By appointment only.
Catania’s Winery; 524 Paul Morris Drive, Suite B, Englewood; 941-475-7553; cataniaswinery.com
Offers a full-bodied wine in red or white; uses fruity and complex varietals to manufacture these wines. Also carries winery equipment.
Elliott Vineyards; 525 Minshew Road, Pierson; 386-749-4031; email: [email protected]
Home of the Sandhill Crane Gang Wine Club.
Florida Estates Winery; 25241 State Road 52, Land o’ Lakes; 813-996-2113; floridaestateswines.com
Visit the tasting room, browse the wine and gift store, or just to relax and enjoy the setting — under a large shady canopy of oak trees on a 3,600-acre working plantation.
Florida Orange Groves and Winery; 1500 Pasadena Avenue S., St. Petersburg; 800-338-7923; floridawine.com
The winery makes Key lime, mango, passion-fruit and about 2 dozen other tropical wines.
Grapes of Kath Vineyards; 9233 Muscadine Drive; 863-382-4706; www.grapesofkath.com
Specializes in muscadine grapes, and sells wine-making supplies and grapevines.
Henscratch Farms Vineyard & Winery; 980 Henscratch Road, Lake Placid; 863-699-2060; henscratchfarms.com
Has 10 acres of Southern muscadine and scuppernong grape varieties, a hydroponics growing system for strawberries, and a high-bush blueberry patch.
Hutchinson Farm Winery; 8061 Stone Road, Apopka; 407-814-8330; hutchinsonfarmwinery.com
Grows muscadine and Florida hybrid grapes on a 5-acre farm. Offers white, red and rosé wines made from muscadine grapes. Also offers chardonnay and zinfandel.
Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards; 19239 U.S. 27 N., Clermont; 800-768-9463; lakeridgewinery.com
Specializes in table and sparkling wines made from muscadine and hybrid grapes. Complimentary tours and tastings.
Oak Haven Winery; 32418 Avington Road, Sorrento; 352-735-1996; berriesandwines.com
Offers strawberry, blueberry and muscadine-grape wines including Noble, Carlos (sweet and dry), and meads. Focus is on fruit wines made with Oak Haven’s strawberries and grapes and locally produced blueberries and honey.
Rosa Fiorelli Winery; 4250 County Road 675, Bradenton; 941-322-0976; fiorelliwinery.com
Rosa and her husband Antonio moved to the area from Casteldaccia, Sicily, and noticed many similarities to their native land. The winery has its own building for fermenting and bottling, and a separate one for tasting and sales.
Sparacia-Witherell Family Winery; 21509 Snow Hill Road; Brooksville; 919-366-2509; sparaciawitherellfamilywinery.com
From Florida grapes and fruit, this family-owned winery produces varietals that are also available through its Family Wine Club.
Spring Garden Vineyard; 980 Reynolds Road, De Leon Springs; 386-804-5510; springgardenvineyard.com
Specializes in native muscadine grapes and offers U-pick. In production this summer are the Supreme, Ison and Late Fry varieties.
Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery; 17810 Forge Drive, Spring Hill; 352-799-7612; strongtowervineyard.com
Offers about 10 wines — whites, reds and blushes — all made here from start to finish. U-pick available.
Summer Crush Vineyard & Winery; 4200 Johnston Road, Fort Pierce; 772-460-0500; summercrushwine.com
Features native muscadine, blends and fruit wines, as well as hand-crafted Florida beers, surrounded by vintage surf memorabilia.
Tangled Oaks Vineyard; 1317 State Road 100, Grandin; 386-659-1707; tangledoaksvineyard.com
The winery makes traditional Southern muscadine wines from locally grown Florida grapes. Wines vary from dry to sweet.
Taylor Gardens Nursery; 2871 NE Seventh Ave., Citra; 352-629-0980; taylorgardensnursery.com
Offers U-pick muscadines and other fruits.
True Blue Winery; 604 Pink Apartment Road, Davenport; 863-419-4400; TrueBlueWinery.com
Features homemade blueberry and blackberry wines, as well as other fruit wines such as peach, orange, white muscadine and red muscadine.
Whispering Oaks Winery; 10934 N. County Road 475, Oxford; 352-748-0449; winesofflorida.com
Whispering Oaks grows its own blueberries to produce its wine. Shepherding the grapes through the process is Brent Trela, an assistant professor at Texas A&M University, where he has served as the program leader for viticulture and oenology.
Schnebly Redlands’ Winery; 30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead; 305-242-1224; schneblywinery.com
Schnebly’s tropical wines are made without grapes, using only Redlands-area tropical fruits, in five varieties: carambola, mango, lychee, guava and passion fruit.
Sons & Daughters Farm and Winery; 5926 Fearnley Road, Lake Worth; 305-613-8039; sd-farm.com
In addition to specialty wines, Sons & Daughters offers organic fruits and vegetables; moringa and organic rice; edible flowers; and homemade organic kombucha. Check the website for special events.
Chautauqua Vineyards; 364 Hugh Adams Road, Defuniak Springs; 850-892-5887; chautauquawinery.com
The varietals range from dry, barrel-fermented wines to traditional Southern favorites like sweet muscadine and blueberry wines. Also produces specialty wines.
Dakotah Winery; 14365 NW U.S. 19, Chiefland; 352-493-9309; dakotahwinery.com
Established in 1985 with a planting of 200 muscadine grapevines. Today, Dakotah is a 12-acre site with over 6,000 grapevines.
Emerald Coast Wine Cellars; 1708 Scenic Gulf Drive, Miramar Beach; 850-837-9500; emeraldcoastwinecellars.com
Offers complimentary wine tastings. Has a gift shop with gourmet foods, wine racks and wine accessories.
Flagler Beachfront Winery; 611 N. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach; 386-693-4950; flaglerbeachfrontwinery.com
Produces dry reds, dry whites, medium wines and sweet wines. The varietals range from berry-driven, medium-body, smooth wines to spicy dry white wines with hints of dried fruit and honey. The sweet and fruity red Riptide is made from local muscadine grapes.
Island Grove Wine Co.; 24703 SE 193rd Ave., Hawthorne; 352-481-9463; IslandGroveWineCompany.com
The blueberry wines are made with fresh berries, with no grape juice or flavorings added. Island Grove also produces several fruit-wine blends.
Log Cabin Winery; 376 County Road 309, Satsuma; 386-467-0000; logcabinfarmwinery.com
Offers a taste of Old Florida muscadine wine. In addition to muscadine wines, Log Cabin sells muscadine juices, jellies and sauces.
Monticello Vineyards & Winery; 1211 Waukeenah Highway, Monticello; 850-294-9463; monticellowinery.com
Features 13 varieties of muscadine grapes with an array of sizes and colors of berries. The grapes are grown in the vineyards, hand-picked and processed on-site.
Northeast Florida’s Grape Expectations U-Pick Vineyard; 10783 Burnsed and Crawford Road; Glen St. Mary; 904-525-0038
Has table grapes (Frye and Supreme), wine grapes (Carlos and Noble) and jelly grapes.
Old Oaks Vineyard; 1536 Will Lee Road, Bonifay; 850-547-2254; oldoaksvineyard.com
Produces pumpkin, red and white table wines. Red Table is a blend with Champanel, and White Table is a blend with Riesling. Has over 10 acres producing grapes (Blanc du Bois, Champanel, Lomonto, Carlos and Black Spanish) as well as pumpkins for wines and jellies.
Royal Manor Winery; 224 Royal Ave., Interlachen; 386-684-6270; royalmanorwinery.com
Produces six muscadine varieties, as well as the Blanc du Bois; also grows blueberries and persimmons. Specializes in designer fruit wines and meads.
San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, St. Augustine; 888-352-9463; sansebastianwinery.com
St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, is considered the birthplace of American wine. San Sebastian features table, sparkling and dessert wines from hybrid and muscadine grapes.
Three Oaks Winery; 3348 Highway 79, Vernon; 850-535-9463; threeoakswinery.com
Three Oaks produces dry, semi-sweet and sweet red wines from the Florida hybrid grape Conquistador, grown in its own vineyards. White wines, made from the Carlos muscadine grape, are produced as sweet only.
For more information about the St. Augustine-based Florida Wine and Grape Growers Association, call 904-471-1063 or visit fgga.org.