‘Grape’ Review of Lakeridge Winery

Don’t miss the Harvest Grape Stomp Aug. 10-12

| Story by Domonique Jenkins | Photos by @justshoot84 |

What’s to love about Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards?

Everything!

Lakeridge, the largest winery in Florida, is located in beautiful Clermont. It offers winery tours, complimentary wine tastings, events and wine festivals throughout the year.

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I can’t wait to come for the 24th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp Aug. 10-12. It’s an outdoor family friendly grape stomping competition that supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties.

Lakeridge features sip-worthy tastings from the muscadine grape variety and many others including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Petite Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

If you are a lover of the juicy southern native grapes known as muscadines, you will be in “wine-down” heaven with Lakeridge’s claim-to-fame grape.

Let’s talk tours and tastings!

Lakeridge offers them seven days a week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Tours are every 30 minutes, starting with a 15-minute video presentation showing the growth of Florida grapes and the wine making process.

You’re then greeted by a tour guide to show you the production facility, along with the amazing views of the vineyard where the grapes are grown and harvested. The last tour of the day starts around 3:45 p.m.

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After the tour, it’s time for the tasting! The best part about Lakeridge is the complimentary selection of their award-winning wines, ranging from dry to sweet and sparkling. Tastings are held downstairs in the middle of the gift shop. Don’t forget your I.D. because they card everyone!

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The educated sommeliers will keep you entertained and in the know of how to properly taste your wine. The winery tour and tasting lasts about 45 minutes.

After the tasting, browse the gift shop. It’s sure to please any wine enthusiast with its Lakeridge wines, gourmet foods, gift items and wine accessories.

The shop also offers great discounts with the purchase of a case or four or more bottles. The more bottles you buy, the more you save. Prices range from $7.99-$29.99 a bottle.

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Now, let’s talk events and festivals!

Who doesn’t love some vino to beat the Florida heat? Expect music, wine, cheese, food vendors, atmosphere — and more wine at festivities throughout the year. You can view their event schedule on their website.

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I enjoyed the Summer Music Series last month. It was a great wine of a time! The band was lively and the scenery was picturesque.

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People brought chairs, blankets and coolers and perched under shade trees. Music filled the atmosphere, along with the smells of good food.

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I have visited the winery before and always enjoyed the wine tastings.

I had the opportunity to try a new wine that I had not yet sampled — the Sunblush, a blend of muscadine grapes that is light and crisp, embodying the hue of a Florida sunset. It is sure to be a hit at your next event and at only $8.99 a bottle, it’s tough to beat!

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Other great recommendations and my personal favorites are the Southern White, Southern Red and Pink Crescendo. And don’t forget a wine slushy. It’s the perfect cool down.

All in all, great wine, friendly staff and gorgeous atmosphere will have you coming back to Lakeridge Winery for that perfect date, to impress your friends or to have a memorable family outing.

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Lakeridge Winery is a must-visit, whether you’re local or just venturing out to Clermont. So toast it up and enjoy all things wine at Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards!

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Pic 10Domonique Jenkins is a fancy food critic and lifestyle blogger critiquing every bite and enjoying every day to the fullest. Follow her foodie adventures on Instagram, @nique_eats.

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