Sixteen certified Florida wineries abound in the sunshine state. Florida has so much to offer with the "House of Mouse" in Orlando, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and a wine tasting tour that spans the entire state.
While no easy task to become a certified winery in Florida, the sunshine state has a long history of wine production. Certified Florida wineries must meet stringent criteria before being bestowed the honor of certification. They must:
From the Pan Handle to just north of the Florida Keys, wine lovers can find find regionally grown wines ranging from the expected to the unexpected. Have a love affair with wine that is made from the traditional grapes, the sweet citrus that lends its notability to Florida to the ripe, fresh blueberry fields that dot central Florida.
The first recorded history of wine in Florida dates back to 1562 made from the abundant wild Muscadine grapes found growing in the are that is now present day St. Augustine.
Further east In Tallahassee is Monticello Vineyards and Winery.
The west coast of Florida is dotted with several wineries. Along I-75 heading south is Dakotah Winery & Vineyards, Central Florida's Lakeridge Winery, and Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery is just north of Tampa. Florida Orange Groves Winery is located in beautiful St. Petersburg, FL.
Each of these wineries is a unique gem in the sunshine state featuring their own special blend of sunshine in a bottle.