Had enough of amusement parks and performing dolphins? Change your outlook at a Florida winery.
a dozen wineries dot the Florida landscape from the Panhandle on down to Orlando and Miami -- with harvest times ranging from May to September.
In many locations you'll also find family-friendly eateries, tasting rooms, as well as tours of the vineyard and bottling process. You'll also come away with a bit more knowledge of this corner of American culture that dates back centuries.
Spaniards are generally credited with creating the first American
wine -- a century before Puritan pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock -- when they first began exploring the area in the 16th century bringing the traditions of Old World winemaking with them.
Just up ahead, learn more
about Florida's long love affair with the grape at sites offering guides to where to find top wineries and vineyards throughout the Sunshine State ...
More information about Florida wines around the Web:
Florida Wineries and Vineyards - From the Florida Department
of Agriculture, check out a history of Florida's winemaking industry,
a complete directory to the state's wineries and vineyards, with an interactive map, photos and video clips.
Grape Growers Association - Discover wineries and vineyards throughout Florida with descriptions
and contact information, along with related recipes starring the muscadine grape, grape growing tips, vineyard necessities and
Wine Fest & Auction - This is the annual bash supported by
companies and wineries worldwide to help raise charitable funds
for kids in the Manatee and Sarasota county area, with a links
to participants, sponsor and contact information.