We decided to do something a bit different on this vacation trip so visited the Lakeridge winery some 25 miles north of Solana Resort. This winery has been open since 1989 and has vines on the gentle rolling hills above a lake near Clermont, Florida. This winery ranks as one of Florida’s largest premium estates and produces table and sparkling wine from the Florida native grape of Muscadine and hybrid varieties.
We attended a really well run complimentary winery tour that started with a video giving history of the winery and the grape varieties followed by a tour of the production facility and a wine tasting session where we got to sample at least 8 differing types of red and white wines, including a sparkling wine. We then had chance to browse the shop and select any wines which we may want to purchase. The tour lasted about 45 minutes. I’ve attached a couple of photos taken during the visit. The first shows a view over the vineyard to the lake, and the second photo shows the stage where outdoor events take place, for example in October 2013 they are having a vintage and classic car show in the grounds with music on the outdoor stage.
An enjoyable visit and made more so by the banter of the tour guide who besides being very informative got some good humorous interaction going.