There are lots of great places in Central Florida to enjoy and learn about wine. Here are some of my favorites.

ORLANDO

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!

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Orlando Somm Billy Hendricksen behind the Swirlery bar. Wood installation by Disney artist Tim McClosky.

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 most of its other four locations. Well-curated selection; friendly, knowledgeable staff.

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Owner Tim Varan teaches a class at Tim’s Wine Market-Orlando

The Imperial (Orlando & Sanford)
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.

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The Imperial’s patio

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.

Cavanaugh’s Fine Wines
Quirky College Park wine shop with a knowledgeable owner and extensive bottle selection to take home or drink inside or on the leafy patio. There’s sometimes live music.

WINTER PARK

The Parkview
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 owner & staff.

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Patio seating at The Parkview

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.

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.

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Lineup from an Italian tasting at The Wine Barn

FARTHER AFIELD

Sanford

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.

Mount Dora

Maggie’s Attic
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.

Norm’s Palette
Funky, artsy wine bar with eclectic selection of wines by the glass and a few small plates. Indoor seating surrounded by the friendly owner’s artwork; plenty of outdoor terrace seating.

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View from the terrace at Norm’s Palette

Flagler Beach

Flagler Beachfront Winery
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.

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Oceanside wine at Flagler Beachfront Winery