You might be a fan of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, but that only comes once a year. However, you can enjoy a wide variety of wines and special events not too far from Walt Disney World if you head out to Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards.
Lakeridge Winery is located in Clermont, less than an hour away from the main attraction area on Highway 27. It's a world away from the tourist strip, with rolling vineyards making a idyllic backdrop as you enjoy learning about the company's history and sample the tasty wines.
- Blues at the Winery: April 13 and 14 ($2 donation)
- Jazz on the Vineyard Green, May 3 and 4 ($2 donation)
- 24th Annual Harvest Festival, June 20 to 22 ($2 donation)
- Summer Music Series, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 (free admission)
- 20th Annual Harvest Grape Stomp, August 16 and 17 ($2 donation)
The events that charge a small donation fee benefit various charities like Cornerstone Hospice and the Boys and Girls Club.
Lakeridge's wines tend to be on the sweeter side, but there are dry varieties, too. The winery recently held a dinner to showcase their versatility and the ways in which they could be paired with various dishes. Check out the video accompanying this article to see the delicious cuisine and pairings.
If you visit the winery yourself, you'll easily be able to decide what will pair up with your favorite dishes because of the free wine tasting. There's a full store packed with other fun souvenirs, too, so you might just come away with more than a case or two of vino.