There are lots of great places in Central Florida to enjoy and learn about wine. Here are some of my favorites.
ORLANDO – DOWNTOWN
Swirlery Wine Bar
Cozy spot in SoDo with a diverse selection of by the glass selections and bottles to take home or drink onsite. Lots of tastings, classes, and fun events. Friendly, knowledgeable owners. They have craft beer too!
Tim’s Wine Market (Multiple Locations)
An Orlando wine institution, this welcoming wine shop has regular tastings and classes at its flagship location in Ivanhoe Village and at its locations in Sanford-Lake Mary, Avalon Park, and Windermere. Well-curated selection; friendly, knowledgeable staff.
College Park wine bar and retail shop with a friendly, knowledgeable owner and an eclectic, exciting selection. Frequent tastings, by-the-glass offerings, and a selection of bottles to take home or drink on the leafy patio, plus dinner from Duck & Drake food truck Thursday-Saturday and brunch on Sunday.
The Imperial (Orlando, Sanford, Winter Park)
At the Ivanhoe Village location, wine and craft beer are served in a funky, high-end import furniture store with a small but inviting outdoor patio. Small bites are offered, food trucks often park outside, and there’s sometimes live music.
Eola Wine Company
Ample indoor & outdoor seating not far from Lake Eola. Extensive glass and flight offerings, bottles to take home or drink onsite. Beer is offered, as are small and larger plates.
Quantum Leap Winery
Winery in Mills 50 makes creative wines using grapes from the US West Coast and Italy. They make a range of ciders too. Spacious, comfy tasting room with a stand-up bar and plenty of table and couch seating, plus an industrial-style outdoor patio. Knowledgeable winemaker and staff offer tastings, wines by the glass, and tours of the winery. Frequent special events.
ORLANDO – ATTRACTIONS AREA
Wine Bar George
Two-story airy wine bar and restaurant in Disney Springs led by Master Sommelier George Miliotes, who is usually onsite. Choose from 130+ wine selections, all available by the glass and by the ounce. Comfortable table or bar seating, indoor or outdoor. Occasional tastings and events.
Wine & spirits store in the I-Drive area with a small bar inside and periodic tastings. Focus is on New World wines, but there are some good Old World finds too.
The Vineyard Orlando
Attractive wine bar tucked into a Windermere shopping center. New World-heavy list including some high-end selections, with some Old World options; limited but interesting food menu. Knowledgeable staff, patio seating, frequent tastings and live music.
The Wine Bar at Tim’s Wine Market
The first wine bar in the Tim’s Wine Market empire, this comfortable Avalon Park space is part retail shop and part friendly wine bar, with 20+ wines by the glass, flights, and small plates. Cozy bar, tables, and couches, as well as outdoor seating.
Ample indoor & outdoor seating right on Park Ave. Well-chosen glass and flight offerings, bottles to take home or drink onsite. Beer and great food too. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic owners.
Wine Room on Park Avenue
Enomatic machines provide tastings and glasses of over 150 wines. Extensive bottle selection to take home or drink onsite. There’s plenty of indoor and limited outdoor seating, and food is offered too. Frequent tasting events.
Vines & Forks at The Wine Barn
Wine shop on Fairbanks with excellent pizza and other food offerings. Extensive bottle offerings to take home or drink onsite; usually a few by-the-glass selections too. Occasional tastings. Knowledgeable owner and staff.
The Imperial – Winter Park
This location has one of the best vermouth lists in the area, along with a nice wine list, a selection of small plates, and a moody lounge setting with Asian-themed decor and a small back patio.
Comfortable wine bar/shop in quaint downtown Kissimmee with a good selection and knowledgeable owner. Frequent tastings and other events.
Inviting wine bar/shop with enomatic machines, comfy patio seating, upstairs event room housing a selection of books and records for sale, plus a speakeasy offering craft cocktails on select evenings. Frequent tastings, live music, and other events. Beer, coffee, and small plates also offered. Friendly and passionate owners.
Ellen’s Wine Room
Cozy wine shop/bar with couches and tables. Weekly wine-swap events and occasional additional tastings. Passionate and friendly owner.
Tim’s Wine Market – Sanford/Lake Mary
See description for Orlando location.
The Imperial – Sanford
See description for Orlando location … plus, this outpost has a full liquor bar.
Fun and eclectic wine shop/bar with indoor and outdoor seating. Regular tastings, bottles to go or to drink onsite, and by-the-glass selections.
Cozy wine bar and shop with indoor and outdoor seating, wines by the glass, and frequent live music. Friendly new owners took over the space in 2017.
Seaside winery makes high-quality wines from grapes grown all over the U.S., including the winemaker’s Ohio vineyards. Beautiful patio overlooking the Atlantic and A-1-A, plus indoor seating. Tasting bar, wines by the glass and bottle, small plates. Friendly and knowledgeable winemaker and owners.