Florida's Wine Country

by Female Abroad

When I learned that Florida had a wine country, I was quite surprised, as the hot and humid state is not a place I thought grapes could grow, but they have been doing so since the 16th century. You can thank the Spanish missionaries that settled in St. Augustine who started production in 1565. Crazy right? I have to say that I have never seen any Floridian wine in my local liquor store as it is usually Napa, Sonoma, or somewhere in Washington State, but maybe that is because I am on the West Coast.

Wines You Can Expect in Florida

After travelling to Florida more and more over the last few years, I have started to look at the offerings every time we head to the state. Florida has actually started to become one of my favorite wine producing areas, but it is mostly because I really enjoy fruit wines over traditional grape wines; Florida has a variety of citrus and exotic fruits, so the options are perfect for me!

Besides fruit wine, there is also berry wine and grape wine made of Muscadine grapes or hybrids of Muscadine mixed with Bunch Grapes. The Muscadine grapes are the ones that the missionaries first started growing back in 1565, and now a mix of native and imported Muscadine's are used for the hybrid base. Across Florida's 35 wineries, you are sure to find something to satisfy your palate.

Central Florida Wineries

Aspirations Winery actually offers tours of their location. The Tour and Wine Tasting Experience at Aspirations Winery on this excursion in Clearwater. Good for two people, this activity includes a tour of the winery and a tasting of five of the wines the vineyard produces. Listen to commentary on the wine production methods and pairings of cheeses, fruits, baguettes, seasoned oil for dipping, and chocolates. Walk away with two commemorative wine glasses and a bottle of wine of your choosing.

South Florida Wineries

North Florida Wineries

St. Augustine is considered the birthplace of Floridian wine, and there are some great tours that you can take while in town. Click the titles for more information, to check availability, and to purchase vouchers for the experience.

  1. Wine Tasting Cruise in St. Augustine
    Sail along St. Augustine’s picturesque coastline—and indulge in a number of generous wine samples—during this two-in-one tour. Make your own way to the dock, hop aboard the pontoon boat, and get comfortable: as you set off, you’ll see landmarks like the Castillo de San Marcos, the Bridge of Lions, and more. You’ll also taste six different wines, and will have access to the on-board bar.

  2. Historic District Corks & Forks Culinary Tour - Strolling
    If you’ve got an appetite for experiencing the best food and wine St. Augustine has to offer, then grab a bib and a comfortable pair of walking shoes for this unique foodie tour. Corks and Forks is a food and wine pairing tour that’ll introduce you to the tasty side of America’s Oldest City. Sample local cuisine and delicious wine while strolling through the Historic District.

  3. St. Augustine's Wine, Cocktail and Food Experience
    Want to eat out during your trip to St. Augustine, but not sure where to go? Get acquainted with the city’s wine and food scene during this St. Augustine Food, Wine, and Cocktail Tour. Go to some of the most popular spots in the city to grab a bite or an alcoholic beverage in the afternoon, one of the best times to explore, with a guide who knows the city’s history well.