Vineyards in Orlando -
Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards
If the notion that California is
the only wine-producing state in the United
in your mind, you better think
twice. Of course, California's winery in Napa
Valley will remain as a country's pride, along
with the names that the business line has
produced throughout the years like Paul Masson,
Kendall Jackson and Ernest and Julio Gallo.
stated earlier, North American wine drinkers
have to consider that the wine they are enjoying
might probably came from Orlando. In fact, one
of Orlando's top tourist spot
is a winery, the
Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, a representative
to almost a dozen other wineries in the city.
Lakeridge vineyard which has been established in
February 1989 is located in US 27, six miles
north of Clermont. It was founded by Gary Cox,
an enthusiast of wine, who started his interest
with wine while traveling in USA and Europe.
This passion led to the establishment of the now
Lafayette Vineyards in Tallahasse and the
Lakeridge winery in Central Florida. Eventually,
Cox sacrificed Lafayette’s fate and decided to
focus in bringing up the best in Lakeridge.
The risk worth it and Lakeridge has grown
immensely when Charles Cox, Gary's son, joined
the company in 1992 and helped with the
marketing, special events and retailing. The
success led to open a second branch of the
winery in Saint Augustine. It is now considered
by Florida's Department of Agriculture the
largest premium winery in the state.
The vineyard currently covers 127 acres of land
and has been a consistent producer
of wine, with an estimated 400,000 bottles, or
50,000 cases being sold every year.
Their varieties include the
following: Florida hybrids such as Suwannee,
Blanc Du Bois and Stover, and Native American
such as Carlos, Welder Muscadine and Noble.
Other recommended wines being produced by
Lakerdge is the "Reserve Cuvee Noir," a Southern
wine that is distinctive with sweet, smooth,
rich flavor. It remains a pioneer in
the development of table and sparkling wines
from hybrid grapes. Lakeridge wines are being
sold in the winery and selected wine shops.
Lakeridge also accepts tours for people who are
interested with winery. It includes a twelve
minute video presentation that sums up the
process of growing grapes and turning them into
wine, including the bottling and labeling. Tour
Guides help visitors traverse and walk the
production area along the spectacular view of
the grapes in the vineyard. The tour finalizes
with the most exciting part – the wine tasting.
Garnering more than 300 awards, Lakeridge has
been a famous venue for gathering and events
such as the South Lake Animal League Arts and
Crafts Show, the Annual wine fest, and live
music events such as Winter Music Series, Jazz
on the Vineyard Green and the Blues at the
Winery. The winery also accepts corporate
parties, wedding receptions and any special