Just Another Reason to Love FL
DID YOU KNOW…
A century before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, wine was being made in Florida? Spanish explorers discovered rich vegetation on Florida’s east coast, cultivating wild grapes into wine, as traditional in their homeland.
Florida… wine country?! Not the sprawling hills and château’s you envisioned in Bordeaux, France. But, you better believe it. Beyond Florida’s beaches, amusement parks, and citrus land, there are Florida vineyards and wineries. These flavorful wines are an interesting part of Florida’s history that few people know about.
According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDOA), there are over 40 certified wineries and vineyards in the State of Florida. Where does that leave Florida, among other states, in overall wine production? Number 8. Boom! Just another reason to love FL.
BONUS: Most Florida wines are made from muscadine grapes — a variety of grapes that contain the highest level of antioxidants ever tested in a natural product. Muscadine grapes are fat free, high in fiber and high in antioxidants. I’ll cheers to that!
Come explore what Florida wines and wineries have to offer, click here to find your favorite Florida Winery, we know you will not be disappointed! And I can’t forget to shout out the Tampa Bay Area. If you’re local, make sure to check out this Florida Orange Grove & Winery Tour right in the Bay!