Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers)

Festivals & Special Events
Q. Where can I find information about your upcoming festival?
Please visit our Festivals and Events page here: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/Events/index.php
Q. How do I register for your festival?
There is no need to register for the festivals. Any registration you may see on our site is to sign up for our e-newsletters that include information on upcoming events and special offers.
Q. How much does it cost to attend the festival?
There may be a donation request for a charity we’ve partnered with or a small admission fee upon entering the festival grounds. Specific information for each festival can be found here: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/Events/index.php
Q. How can I request my band to be considered to play at your next festival?
Please submit your information, with links to music demos and your most current information, to [email protected] to keep on file for possible future openings.
Q. How do I become an arts and crafts vendor at your next festival?
Please visit our Vendor Application page under Festivals and Events, or click here http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/Events/aboutus-events-signup.php to find vendor applications for our upcoming festivals. The applications will include submission instructions.
Q. Are dogs allowed during your festivals?
We love our pets as much as you do, but due to an increasing number of incidents involving pets we are implementing a "No Pets Allowed" rule at all of our festivals. Thank you for understanding.

Dogs are allowed in the retail shop and on our grounds during non-festival days as long as they are friendly, trained, and remain on a leash.
Q. Do you hold private events?
Please contact [email protected] for information regarding corporate and/or off-site events. We do not currently host private events such as weddings, bridal showers, birthday parties, or anniversaries.
Q. It’s my spouse’s/mother’s/father’s/friend’s birthday/anniversary/bridal shower, do you provide anything special for this occasion?
Please be sure to let your tour guide know of the special event and they will do a special cheer or toast. You are welcome to bring in your own food, cake, or small decorations if you’d like to use the picnic tables under our covered patio or the small tables upstairs. We do not provide special event staffing or accommodations and the tables are on a first come, first served basis. Please note that, during our festivals, the upstairs tables will not be available and the picnic tables will be limited.

We can also make a gift basket of wine/chocolates/wine related products for the celebrated party which you would pay for upon arrival. Please e-mail [email protected] with the following information: how much you would like to spend on the basket, if there’s anything specific you’d like to include, and contact information.
Tours & Tastings
Q. What is the cost of a tour and tasting?
Our tours and tastings are complimentary so there is no charge. At times we may have a limited release wine, for which there would be a nominal fee to taste.
Additional information regarding our complimentary tours and tastings can be found under our Information page here: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/about-tours-tasting.php
Q. Do I need a reservation for a winery tour or wine tasting?
We request that reservations be made for groups of 15 or more ahead of time by e-mailing il [email protected] with the following information: name of event or tour group, number of people, date, time of arrival, arrival by bus or cars.
Additional information regarding our complimentary tours and tastings can be found under our Information page here: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/about-tours-tasting.php
Q. What times do your tours and tastings take place?
Tours are not at set times, but run every 30 minutes.
Additional information regarding our complimentary tours and tastings can be found under our Information page here: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/about-tours-tasting.php
Q. How long does the tour and tasting take?
The tour and tasting can take anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how many people are in your group.
Additional information regarding our complimentary tours and tastings can be found under our Information page here: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/about-tours-tasting.php
Q. When is your last tour?
The last tour is typically offered at 3:45 p.m. every day. We recommend arriving by 3:30 pm to allow you ample time for the tour, tasting, and shopping.
Additional information regarding our complimentary tours and tastings can be found under our Information page here: http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/about-tours-tasting.php
Q. Are children and people under 21 permitted?
Although they may not participate in the wine tasting, children and those under 21-years-old are welcome to the winery, may participate in the tour, and stand with you during the tasting. We do have non-alcoholic grape juice available to try for those under 21.
Q. What type of ID is required for age verification?
Based on Florida State Statutes we can accept the following for US citizens; state issued drivers license, military ID, or state ID card. For our International guest we can ONLY accept an original passport.
Sales & Offers
Q. When will your next sale be?
Thank you for your interest in our special offers. Our offers, including any Buy-One or Buy-Two deals, can be held a few times a year, but we are not aware of those dates until the day prior. Make sure you are signed up for our newsletter by sending us your email address here http://www.lakeridgewinery.com/signup.php to ensure you receive the emails that advertise our offers as soon as we know them.
Shipping
Q. Do you ship wine to my state?
Unfortunately, there are several states that will not allow any direct shipments of alcohol, so it is not on our list for shipment. We have someone consistently checking for state availability, so please feel free to check back in some time, as it may change.

States that we CANNOT currently ship to:
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Delaware
Hawaii
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Jersy
New Mexico
New York
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Puerto Rico
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
West Virginia

The following states have shipping restrictions:

Maryland Residents: 18 case limit per household, per year.
New Hampshire Residents: 12 case limit per individual, per year.
North Carolina Residents: 2 case limit per household, per month.
North Dakota Residents: 3 case limit per household, per month.
Virginia Residents: 2 case limit per household, per month.
Q. Do you ship internationally?
Thank you for your interest in our wines! Unfortunately, we do not ship outside of the United States at this time. Please feel free to check back in the future, as that may change.
Q. Has my order been shipped?
You should receive an e-mail when your order goes out for shipment with UPS tracking information. Shipments are typically sent out via UPS 2-3 days after an order is placed. Please allow additional processing time if your order was placed during a special offer or event. If you placed your order more than 3 days ago, please email [email protected] with the order number and/or phone number so we may research your order.
Additional Information
Q. Can you print custom labels?
Yes, we can! Please contact [email protected] with your request.
Q. Does Lakeridge Winery make donations?
Thank you so much for reaching out to Lakeridge Winery for your fundraising efforts. We cannot donate wine, but may be able to help your cause in other ways. For all donation inquiries please email [email protected], with the following information:
  1. Name
  2. Date
  3. Time
  4. Approximate number of attendees of the event
  5. Tax ID or 501(c)3 info for the benefitting cause
Q. Do you sell wine barrels?
We currently sell used whiskey barrels for $175 a barrel. They are 55 gallon barrels, approximately 35 inches tall, 26 inches mid-width, and 22 inches top & bottom lengths. If you are interested in looking at, or purchasing any barrels, please e-mail us at [email protected] and we can have them prepared ahead of time for you.
Q. I tried signing up for your newsletter, or I used to receive them, why haven’t I received an e-mail lately?
Our apologies for any difficulties you may have had trying to sign up. Please send your e-mail address to [email protected] and we will forward your email and information to our web programmers and they can manually add you to our system. Our next monthly newsletter will be sent out in the first week of the month. If you have not received one at that time, please give us a call.
Q. Do you sell gift cards?
Gift card purchases can be placed by coming into our retail shop or by calling. Gift cards are shipped via UPS, so there is a $5.00 shipping fee.
Q. Do you serve food on site?
We do not serve food at Lakeridge Winery, although, we do sell a variety of gourmet items in our retail shop including dried meats, cheese spreads, crackers, chocolates, and much more in our retail shop. You are more than welcome to bring picnic food and use our picnic tables outside or tables upstairs for a small lunch-in before or after one of our complimentary tours and tastings, as long as it is not during one of our festivals.
Q. Are there any hotels near you?
Mission Inn Resort & Club (10.5 mi)
Address: 10400 County Road 48
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737
Phone: (352) 324-3101

Holiday Inn Express Clermont (6.7 mi)
Address: 1810 S Hwy 27, Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: (352) 243-7878

Fairfield Inn & Suites Clermont (6.9 mi)
Address: 1750 Hunt Trace Blvd, Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: (352) 394-6585

Hampton Inn & Suites Clermont (7.9 mi)
Address: 2200, Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: (352) 536-6600
Hours & Directions
Q. How do I get to Lakeridge Winery?
To find the directions to Lakeridge Winery visit our Maps & Hours page. On that page you will see a large map, and on the top left of the map you will see a link titled "Directions". Click that link and input your address to get directions via Google maps.
Q. What are your holiday hours?
Lakeridge Winery is closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day to allow our employees to spend the holidays with their friends and families.
Wine & Muscadine Juice Questions
Q. Is your wine gluten free?
Our wines are not gluten-free. Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grain products. Some people have strong allergic reactions to this protein. Although we do not use any wheat gluten directly in our processing, two of our ingredient/material suppliers cannot rule out traces of gluten in their processing.

The rice hulls we use as a grape press aid for all our grapes are processed in a facility that also stores wheat. The company cannot rule out cross-contamination.

Our sugar supplier cannot rule out the presence of traces of corn gluten, though they state that corn is not considered in the primary group of grains associated with allergens.
Q. Are your wine and muscadine juice vegan?
Lakeridge wines are not vegan certified, however, all ingredients used to date in our wines are animal byproduct free. Our grape juice contains an ingredient that is processed in a facility that contains dairy and eggs and they cannot rule out cross contamination.
Q. What benefit is there to adding sulfites to your wine?
Sulfur dioxide is a compound formed from sulfur and oxygen. It exists naturally in wine as a byproduct of fermentation. It also exists naturally in other fermented foods, such as bread, and beer. Sulfur dioxide shares a centuries old companionship with wine, having been used as a winemaking tool since Roman times. It is an antibacterial, acting to prevent spoilage. It inhibits yeast, keeping sweet wines from refermenting in the bottle. And it is an antioxidant, safeguarding the flavor of the wine and preventing browning of the wine’s color. For these reasons, we find it necessary to continue to use sulfur dioxide, but we use as little as possible. Modern technology makes it possible for us to carefully control and minimize the levels in our wines.

Health concerns in recent years arose from asthmatics who can suffer allergic reactions to anything with a significant concentration of sulfites. Their heavy use in restaurant salad bars was responsible for most of the severe reactions by sulfite sensitive individuals which resulted in government action. The low sulfite levels found in wine were not comparable to the mega-doses used in salad bars. But to protect susceptible individuals, Congress passed a law requiring that any wine containing more than 10 parts per million of sulfites carry the “Contains Sulfites” phrase on its label. Considering that 10 to 20 parts per million occur naturally in wine, that just about covers every wine.
Q. How long does your wine last when stored correctly?
Treating wines with care and regard for their perishable qualities will maximize their longevity and your future enjoyment of them. Following are a few simple guidelines for storing all wines and aging our wines.

Locate all wine away from direct sunlight and bright light, which can cause undesirable changes to the wine. Leaving the wine in the case it was purchased in is effective protection.

The ideal temperature for storing wine is 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Because this is difficult for most of us these days, find a cool place and avoid constant fluctuations and violent swings in temperature. Keep wine away from heat sources such as hot water heaters, appliances, and car trunks. Freezing a wine or exposing it to excessive heat causes chemical changes to the wine. It will never taste the same. Wines need a quiet place to rest, away from constant vibration. So, avoid storage near a washing machine, staircase, or above a refrigerator. For long term storage and aging (years), it is best to store any wine on its side. This practice keeps the cork moist and fully expanded in the bottle. If a bottle of wine stands upright for a few months, the cork begins to dry out, shrink and allow air to seep into the bottle. Air can cause a browning or oxidation of the wine, accompanied by undesirable aromas and flavors. For sparkling wines, a dried out cork permits the bubbles to escape resulting in a “flat” wine. Sherry and Port are not as sensitive to air, but it is still best to store them on their side.

Generally speaking, all Lakeridge wines are ready for drinking when purchased. Our white wines including Stover, Blanc Du Bois, Cuvee Blanc, Chablis, Sunblush, Southern White and Pink Crescendo, and our red wines, Southern Red and Proprietors Reserve, are “young” wines, intended for early enjoyment. Young in this case means that they have wonderful fresh, fruity characters which diminish with age. We recommend that these wines be consumed within 3 to 4 years after they are bottled to enjoy them at their absolute best. Our dry red wine, Cuvee Noir, should be consumed within 3 to 5 years after bottling. And for our San Sebastian dessert wines, Cream Sherry and Port, we recommend consuming them within 5 to 7 years after bottling.
Q. Do you add sugar to ferment the wine or just to sweeten it for bottling?
We add sugar to our juice, called chaptalization, to provide enough sugar for the yeast to convert to 12 percent alcohol during the fermentation. All of our wines are fermented to dryness, where all the fermentable sugar is consumed by the yeast. We then add sugar once more to sweeten our finished wines just prior to bottling. This achieves the desired level of sweetness in the finished product.