Florida’s Wineries

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By Kate K (Disneykate.com and k8ilyeverafter.com)

Homes4uu Blog Florida's WineriesWhen most people think of Wineries, they think of sprawling fields in places like California, France and Italy. But what most people don’t know is that Florida is also wine country! Florida’s wineries are award winning and home to some very unique grapes.

Most wine grapes are grown in more temperate climates like that of California or France, and up until recently more humid climates like Florida were far too wet for healthy grapevines to grow. But in the early 1900’s a group of researchers and wine lovers wanted to change all of that. The Florida Grape Growers Association was established in 1923 to “Serve Farmers and hobbyist interested in growing grapes in Florida”. The FGGA had a monumental task in front of them: developing a grape that could handle the overly moist Floridian environment. But with the help of the University of Florida they managed to grow varieties that included Stover, Blanc Du Bois, Swanee and Miss Blanc which allowed Florida’s wineries to begin production.

Florida's WineriesFlorida Wine does have a broader meaning than just wine made from grapes though. Florida is tropical fruit country, and for almost 3 decades wineries have been making wine from Oranges, Mangos and other tropical fruit, even going as far as adding those fruits to traditional wines for a truly tropical taste.

 

There are many ways to enjoy Florida wines and the Wineries that make them. You can go on a winery tour in the Orlando area and you can even go on a more kid friendly ‘U-Pick’ tour to one of the many wineries and fruit farms in the area. These are some links to help you find the right tour for you:

Review the Wineries Directory http://www.fgga.org/wineriesdirectory.html

Review Florida Winery Map http://www.fgga.org/brochure.htm

U-Pick Farms http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Marketing-and-Development/Consumer-Services/Buy-Fresh-From-Florida/U-Pick-Farms

Florida's Wineries Wines

Florida Wine Festival

In addition to the Winery tours there are also multiple wine festivals held throughout florida. Orlando has a festival in the late winter each year, and the Epcot Food and Wine fest is celebrated each fall. But if you are going to be in Florida area in April you can take a drive down to Sarasota for the Annual Florida Winefest. The Winefest includes sampling of wines from around the world, a Winemaker Dinner, multiple wine tastings and a Grand Tasting, Brunch and Charity Action. Check out the full list of events at: https://floridawinefest.org.

And remember, all of these events are only a few hours from Orlando so you can take a day off from enjoying the parks to go on a wine adventure!

Map of Florida's Wineries

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