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 and Windermere. Well-curated selection; friendly, knowledgeable staff.
College Park wine bar and retail shop with friendly, knowledgeable owners and an unconventional outlook on wine. Frequent tastings and food pop-ups, extensive bottle selection to take home or drink on the leafy patio, by-the-glass list coming late April 2018.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.