Wine me then dine me – You must explore these top wineries!

Events, Romantic, Things to Do, Travel Tips — By mauriahtocco on June 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm


Looking for something uniquely different, yet with enough romantic flair to leave you excited – how about exploring a winery?

Lakeridge Winery is situated on 80 acres among the rolling hills in Clermont at U.S. Hwy. 27, 3 miles south of Florida’s Turnpike Exit 285 and 6 miles north of Clermont.

After years of phenomenal growth, Lakeridge ranks as Florida’s largest premium winery and remains a pioneer in the development of fine table and sparkling wines from Muscadine and Hybrid grapes.

The romantic Spanish style building of Lakeridge offers more than just sipping wine under the veranda; they host monthly events that  leave the locals waiting for more.

This June 18th-20th Lakeridge is hosting their Annual Harvest Festival. This festival has the ever popular annual stomping of the grapes, as well as over 80 local artist and crafters who display their work. While you enjoy complimentary winery tours and tasting, make sure to listen to the incredible live music being played throughout the entire weekend.

Complimentary winery tours and wine tasting are offered seven days a week – Monday thru Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Chautauqua Vineyard rests on 40 acres in Defuniak Springs, located at the intersection of interstate 10, (exit 85) and Hwy 331, is open for free wine tasting and daily tours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The wines at Chautauqua are made by using a press that was custom built by the Scharfenberger Company of Germany. The press currently is the largest press of its kind East of the Rocky Mountains.

Dakotah Winery is a 12 acre site with over 6,000 grapes and is located at 14365 NW Hwy 19 in Chiefland.

Visitors are welcomed into a large comfortable wine tasting room with decorated with authentic antiques, which are also found on the surrounding grounds.

Tasting hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday.


Dakotah offers visitors the luxury of indulging in more than just a glass of wine. The veranda of grape arbors surrounding the winery offers an invitation to relax and enjoy the bird sanctuary surrounding the property. Guests may enjoy the wood ducks, purple martins, hooded mergansers and many other migratory birds that call Dakotah Winery home.



  • Nicole says:

    I will definitley have to check out one of these wineries with my husband, I am sure we would love it!

  • April says:

    Wow! Didn’t even know these exsisted! I’m putting this on my to-do list!


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