wine-225x300When you live in Pasco County, you have no shortage of things to do. The beautiful Florida weather allows for a lot of activities year round. If you love wine, you might consider a visit to a local winery. We have details on two that are near WaterGrass in Wesley Chapel, perfect for a date, time with friends, or just a chance to relax with a glass of wine. Even if you aren’t passionate about wine, these vineyards make for an interesting day out or even great event venues, from music recitals to corporate events.

Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery

All wines at Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery are estate grown, with the grapes carefully planned to produce wine “true to the grape.” Enjoy a complementary tasting in the winery, and then tour the processing room if you are curious how the wines are made.
Where: 17810 Forge Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34610
Hours: Wed-Sat, 10-6. Closed for major holidays.
Special Visits: “U-Pick” tours of the vineyard during harvest season, where your family can enjoy grapes. They also have special events, like “Evening at the Vineyard”, with food and desserts, or this Saturday evening they are hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner called “Death by Chocolate“, complete with a chocolate fountain.

Florida Estates Winery

Florida Estates Winery sells both their own wine and wine from around the world. Throughout the year, they offer special events, wine festivals, and wine classes. Enjoy a tasting in the winery tasting room, browse their wine and gift store, or picnic under an oak tree overlooking the 3,600 acre plantation.
Where: 25241 State Road 52, Land O’Lakes, FL 34639
Hours: Open daily, 11-6. Closed for major holidays.
Special Visits: The winery offers group tours, a venue for weddings and events, and regular wine classes and festivals. This Saturday they are hosting a wine festival from 11-4, including vendors, entertainment, and wine samplings. At wine classes, learn more about the wine-making process and sample and discuss wines. Check out upcoming events.

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