Gays love the grape! Yes, I know it is a stereotype that the gays love wine! But the stereotype has to come from somewhere?
People don’t naturally associate Central Florida to wine country in the same way that the name “Napa Valley” conjures up images of a rolling landscape littered with vineyards. However, Central Florida wines are beginning to make their mark amongst local wine connoisseurs – including Orlando’s large Gay population!
More and more local vineyards are offering tours of their facilities and for people in the community at large to learn more about wine making and where the wine in your glass comes from.
So where can you sample and purchase a drop of local vino? Well, just West of Orlando is Clermont, a booming suburb/bedroom community that is set amongst the few hills on offer in Central Florida. Clermont even boasts the highest point in peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain in the small community of Montverde nearby. (Don’t let the name fool you, Sugarloaf Mountain is a very large hill!). Just north of Clermont, nestled in the pretty rolling landscape is Lakeridge Winery.
Lakeridge Winery really does offer a nice afternoon out. Containing rows of hybrid and Muscadine grapes set amongst 80 acres you can enjoy the landscape, sample wines, grab a little something to eat and learn how Florida was the birthplace of American wine. Since 1988, the owners have harvested and produced American fine wines from their own blend of Blanc Du Bois, Stover and Suwannee grapes. Once a small operation Lakeridge has boomed in recent years and even has a second location now open in St. Augustine called “San Sebastian Winery“. The red and white wine on offer here can be bought in over 100 locations in Florida so check out your local wine store in Central Florida and chances are you might find some of their wine for sale!
Further west of Orlando in Pinellas County, home of Tarpon Springs, a large Greek Orthodox Community and a surviving sea sponge trade, there is the Tarpon Springs Castle Winery. The area offers a true Greek fishing village experience without having to leave the country with food, music and Greek shopping. The winery is constructed to resemble an 1820 federal building and the owners offer samples of wine, the ability to learn the history of the winery and a souvenir tasting glass for you to keep! This winery is old school, they follow traditional European methods and everything is done by hand! Definitely stop and purchase a bottle as their wines are produced in a limited quantity!
Southwest of the Orlando Metro area is Plant City, home to the Keel and Curley Winery. This is a great place offering a classic, sophisticated atmosphere with friendly staff. Open seven days a week offering daily wine tasting of ten different wines from the vineyard including its famous Strawberry Riesling and Blueberry wines. The fruit fusion wines such as Wild Berry Fusion, Black Raspberry, Mango Citrus and Tangerine Zinfandel are a combination of fruit with grapes that are enticing and distinctive. The blueberry wines are 100% blueberry from the property’s vineyard. How great is that! Perfect for those who aren’t fans of traditional red and white wines! There is often many events and performances on offer here – definitely one to check out on a date night!
So as you can see there is so much local wine on offer in Central Florida that the Gay community can enjoy.
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