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Florida wineries & vineyards Had enough of amusement parks and performing dolphins? Change your outlook at a Florida winery.

Today, over 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.

The 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.

Florida 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 related resources.

Florida 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.

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