|19239 US-27, Clermont, FL 34715, USA
|10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 10AM–5PM 11AM–5PM
The bad: These Wines are not my bag. They are very sweet, what I call a Porch Sippin Wine. This is to be expected from the Muscadine grape. Florida is not suited for growing anything but that. This hardy grape will take anything you can throw at it. The downside to that is the sweetness. There is nothing dry about these wines. We had one red which was their "dry red", it was palatable. It was oaked (they dont do oak barrels, nowhere to store them..its to hot) using oak chips in steel. You dont really get the oak, but it definitely made the wine less sweet. It is something like Trader Joes 2 buck Chuck. Now this might be a compliment because Traders Joes sells a LOT of it...however...get ready for the hang over! Our tour guide was very condescending to a group of spanish speakers. One Member of their party spoke no English so another member had to translate. No one seemed to take issue with this, except our tour guide. I was embarrassed for them, at one point he was outright rude. The good: The Port...the $20 one...it was wonderful! It had aromas of ripe plum and is pleasantly smooth on the palate. Was full and rich in the mouth with fresh blackberry and red plum notes. The finish is long and clean. I actually bought a bottle. The price of the tour was great...Free...cant beat free! So was the tasting, again, Cant beet free! The Conclusion: If you want to get away from the Orlando touristy hub bub, and you like uber sweet wines, then this is the place for you. The tour and tasting are free, and is located in one of the more aesthetically pleasing areas of Florida, Mainly because of the hills..yes there are hills in Florida. Asside from the tour guide we enjoyed ourselves (everyone else was very nice). Again.. VERY sweet wines...no big full bodied Cab here. DONT MISS THE PORTO!
My future son in law and I decided to visit this winery as my daughter loves wine and family atmosphere so when I reached Lakeridge it seemed perfect for a proposal, I called the winery and was greeted very well and was told that I should stop by and that they will do what they can to make this event special, I was so pleased to hear this as nothing is done for free anymore these days. We headed out the next day with excitement once we arrived we were asked if we wanted to don tour or just a tasting we said neither as I explained why we were there as everyone went about doing there thing we were simply left there after some time I asked again and mentioned the wonderful associate that I spoke with, still nothing but that I should look around and pick a spot as they dont do anything???????? What??????? Anyway we did a picked a spot in parking lot over looking the vineyard. Long story short we did our own thing with no involvement with the staff there after looking so forward to doing so, the day came and we did out thing we did the tour and tasting we outside had our family meet us there about 20. After it was over everyone went back in to by the newly engaged couple some well deserved wine Only to be told on this very special day by one of the staff there OH You Should Have Told Us We Would have Made You A Basket hahahaha what a joke anyway this is now a special for my daughter and our family and will continue to go back and enjoy the wine, so thank you very much Lakeridge winery for nothing
A Private User
I do not recommend Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, especially for a first-time winery visitor. Rather than provide a simple, personal experience, the attraction seems to have taken cues from the nearby mega-parks in Orlando. My wife and I recently visited on Valentines Day. There were some good aspects, including a friendly, pleasant atmosphere. The facilities were obviously well-funded. However, the tasting itself was a huge disappointment. Following a large group tour of the barrels and a view of the vineyards, our group entered a tasting-by-station line. We were through within minutes, and we learned nothing about the individual wines. As for the wine itself - most of it was excessively sweet, and none of it was worth thinking about after leaving the place. We could have forgiven the ordinary tasting - but the worst was yet to come. Having packed a picnic lunch, we planned to buy a bottle to have with lunch and maybe one more to take home (just to be kind). However, bottles were not available for consumption on the premises, and our picnic food was banned. Yes, we may sound a bit sensitive, and it is perfectly within their rights to run their business this way. However, as proud Floridians, we were very disappointed that this winery was more focused on the dollar, rather than the quality of experience. It could have been so much better.
A Private User
My wife and I decided to go for a ride to Clermont and visit Lakeside Winery. Was a beautiful day to go out and be in the fresh air. We got to the winery and decided to eat first , we should of grabbed a bite before we got there. Food prices for even a big festival were outrageous. Here is an example : Turkey Leg $9, Four ribs baked beans and another side $10, Pulled pork sandwich alone $7, hamburger alone $5. Ice cream sundae with just ice cream $4. Wine was nicely priced at $3 for a medium sized cup size 6-7oz. Beer was nicely priced at $3 a bottle. The music was good and the setting on a hill in the fresh air was a great time. I just could not get past the price of food by Poorboys BBQ. I understand making money but sticking it to people to make a buck is another whole thing. The prices they put on the food turned the whole event sour for me. Maybe one day the Winery will curb the prices a little and make it a good all round time. Im not saying free food just reasonable.
Dorothy Lee DeJesus
I was just driving by on a trip from South Carolina back to Okeechobee by a different route to see roads and places I have never seen. I saw Lakeridge Winery and was drawn to the beauty from the road, a few sips of wine didnt hurt either. Walking in the the door being welcomed by smiling faces. Quikly informed a that a tour would be held in 15 minutes. So of course I decided needed to stay the guy that took us through the tour of the makings of the wine was absolutely wonderful and all that he explained to us. He made the Winery come to life on a non production day. But I would suggest you go Monday through Thursday so that you can actually see the operations. But it was a wonderful tour and it was very nice going back and getting to sample the wonderful muscadine wine as well as some California wines. Definitely a place to see in that part of Florida.
The sharpness or bitterness you taste in red wines is when they smoke the wines. Do you smoke your meat with different woods? Sometimes, yes. Do you smoke all your food, I pthink not. Do you smoke your water, cola, milk, tea, or lemonade, no! Take the wine and put it in wooden casks to age, and it becomes smoky. You dont taste the raw wine as much. Lake Ridge puts their wine into non-wooden containers. You taste the real grape flavor. Sometimes this process is known as "un-oaked" wine. Wood was an easy storage container years ago. I enjoy that they make wine without smoking it. Our cars dont have bicycle tires anymore. That was the old way. Thank you for "un-oaked" Lake Ridge.