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A Place for Winos

Just a short drive from Orlando, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, the largest winery in Florida, is situated along the rolling hills of Clermont.

A Place for Winos

The 127-acre property had humble beginnings in 1989 but has grown to include vineyards that hold native varieties of red Noble, bronze Carlos and Welder Muscadines; Florida hybrid bunch grapes like Stover, Suwannee and Blanc Du Bois; facilities for monthly community events; and a retail shop that features Lakeridge Wines, wine accessories, gift baskets and gourmet food items.

Every day, Lakeridge Winery hosts complimentary tours that last about 45minutes. Guests are given a brief audio-visual presentation before the guided walking tour of the facility begins, and each tour is followed by a chance to taste the unique premium wines that are created at the facility.

An advocate for non-profits in the community, Lakeridge Winery hosts events throughout the year in which proceeds are donated to local organizations. One of the most popular is Winefest, and this year it will be taking place from February 13 to February 15. Local artists will display their work while Lakeridge wines will be available for purchase. The winery is requesting a $2 donation to benefit the South Lake Chamber of Commerce as an entry fee.

Next month, from March 20 to March 22, another favorite will be back for wine enthusiasts. The Wine & Seafood Festival is a signature event that features live entertainment, local artists and a variety of seafood specialties. As an entry fee, Lakeridge Winery is requesting a $2 donation that will benefit The Autism Society of Greater Orlando.

Between tours, wine tastings, events and festivals, Lakeridge Winery expects to host 160,000 people annually. The winery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Lyndsay Fogarty Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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