You don't need to travel all the way to Napa Valley to enjoy a Wine Country adventure. Florida is home to one of the largest wineries, Lakeridge Winery - and they offer free tours and complimentary wine tastings seven days a week.
This is a great bachelorette or birthday idea for the wine enthusiast. Lakeridge Winery features about 75 acres of vineyards planted with a variety of Muscadine grapes. The tours are offered seven days a week and run every 30 minutes.
Each tour begins with a 15-minute video presentation which shows the winemaking process, Florida grape growing, and the bottling and labeling process. After the presentation, a tour guide will show you the production area and the picturesque view of the vineyards where the Muscadine grapes are grown and harvested.
This is a perfect time to get your camera out and take some shots. The vineyards are eye-catching and offer spectacular scenery. Guests then are guided to the wine tasting room where they can taste award-winning wines ranging from dry to sweet with sparkling sometimes offered.
Guests are seated at a large tasting counter where you can watch your other friends with ease. Of course, do not forget to bring your ID before the tasting.
The winery tour last approximately 45 minutes which gives you enough time to enjoy the other areas. Lakeridge Winery also offers other activities throughout the year such as Summer Grape Stomp festival, Wine & Cheese Festival, BBQ & Blues festival, and more.
Hours: Tours start Monday-Saturday 10 am and Sundays at 11 am. Last tours are offered at approximately 3:45 pm everyday.
Address: 19239 U.S. 27 North Clermont, Florida 34715
Why you need to go: It's the largest winery in Florida with amazing views and tasty Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon.