Wineries to explore in Orlando and Central Florida

So how is red, white, or rosé wine made? I asked my eight grader son: 

Red wine is made from grapes. After they are picked, they are crushed and put in a tank. Yeasts eat the sugar and turn it into alcohol. Then the skins are taken out and the wine is put in a barrel. After it gets the right amount of aging, it is put in bottles and ready to drink!

Right! simple and easy. He learns this on TikTok. 

Are you a wine lover? Me too. 

When it comes to wine, many of us enjoy indulging in the occasional glass (or maybe two or three), but do you know the differences between red, white, and rosé wines? Orlando is home to several wineries that produce different types of wines, so it’s kinda cool to understand the basics of each variety. In this blog post, we will explore the process of making wine, the differences between red, white, and rosé wines, and some of the best wineries in Orlando.

Let’s get started wine not?

Central Florida has a few wineries to explore, each with its unique charm.

Would you like to become a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to the nuances between red, white, and rosé wines? Well, why not up your game with a trip to some of the best wineries that Central Florida has to offer? A few top picks include Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, 30 minutes away in Clermont. You can join in the fun at the popular Grape Stomp Festival, or take a tour and sample some delicious vintages.

For something a little more urban, try Quantum Leap Winery, located right in the center of Orlando. They use sustainable practices and source grapes from all around the globe.

Island Grove winery

If you’re looking for something unique, check out Island Grove Wine Company in Hawthorne. Here, you can sample fruit wines made with blueberries, blackberries, and more – all grown right here in Florida.

Before you visit any winery, check out the tips in Immers3D Magazine’s guide for the ultimate Central Florida experience.

At first glance, the three wines are different in color, but that is not their only difference.

Red, white, or rosé have fundamental characteristics in common: the quality of the grapes, the grape variety used, the climate, and the soil.

So much so that these factors directly impact the wine’s color, flavor, and aroma. These factors linked to production are the determinants of the final wine.

The best-quality wines usually come from soils that are poor in organic matter and low in humidity, which are usually soils close to seas, rivers, and oceans. The great variety of climates is directly proportional to the great variety of great wines.

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Red wine

Red wine gets its color from the skin of the grapes used to make it. After the grapes are harvested, they are crushed and left to ferment with the skins still intact. This process is called maceration, allowing the wine to extract all the color and flavor compounds from the skins.
The resulting wine is then aged in barrels, which imparts additional flavor and complexity. The longer the wine is aged, the more tannins it will have. Tannins are the compounds in wine that make it feel dry and astringent in your mouth. 

The mashing

This is a maceration wine, and generally, two types are practiced: first, short maceration, which gives rise to fruity reds with intense purple colors and is somewhat harsh on the palate. They usually ferment at around 25 C and are better for short- to medium-term consumption, which gives rise to fruity reds with intense purple colors and is somewhat harsh on the palate. They usually ferment at around 25 °C and are better for short- to medium-term consumption (one to two years).

And then there are the long maceration wines, which, as their name suggests, are suitable for storage. During the aging period, the wine develops personality, and the wines are usually of high quality.

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The nine fundamental vinification operations for red wines are:

  1. Grinding (stemming the cluster)
  2. Vatting, which is the procedure that involves placing the harvested grapes into a tank (in which maceration and alcoholic fermentation will take place),
  3. Pumping over.  Aims to provide the oxygen required for the efficient multiplication of the yeasts. The must is pumped from the tank at the bottom and, after it has been aired, returns to the tank at the top.
  4. Alcoholic fermentation. 
  5. Malolactic fermentation (yeasts feed on the sugar in the must and transform it into alcohol),
  6. devatting (separation of the skins), pressing (it is the pressing of the skins that gives more color),
  7. Aging (a controlled aging process so that the wine takes on personality),
  8. Racking (transferring the wine from one barrel to another three or four times a year),
  9. Finally, bottling (when the aging has reached perfection)

Operating temperature

Red wine should normally be consumed at a high temperature, between eleven and eighteen degrees, and is the greatest accomplice of good meat due to its structure, flavor, and quality.

If you’re a fan of red wines, you’re in luck; several wineries in the Orlando area produce some fantastic red varietals. One such winery is Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, which produces a variety of reds, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz.

Plenty of resources are available if you want to learn more about red wines. You can read books or articles on the subject, attend wine tastings and classes, or even subscribe to a wine magazine like Immers3d to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and techniques.
Overall, red wines can be a fantastic choice for those looking for a bold, full-bodied flavor. Just be sure to pair them with the right foods. Red wines are generally best served with red meat or hearty dishes, as their robust flavor can overpower lighter fare.

White wine

When it comes to white wines, they are typically made from green grapes. However, some can also be made from red grapes without the skin. This creates a lighter-colored wine with fewer tannins. Unlike reds, white wines are practically colorless or have somewhat shy yellowish tones.

In addition, another difference lies in the maceration.

White wines are also made from grapes (either white or red), but the must will never be mixed with the skins. This prevents it from staining.

The Aging (Crianza)

Most white wines are young; that is to say, they do not usually have a long aging period because the best time to consume them is usually in the year in which they have been harvested.

In any case, there are four types of white wines according to their production: the first are young wines, which are very aromatic; the second are those raised in barrels that lose their youthful essence and acquire a woody flavor; the third are those fermented in barrels; and, finally, the generous Crianza wines.

White wines obtain better aromas when fermentation has been at a low temperature, and prior control of the ripening of the grapes is advisable to avoid spontaneous fermentation.

White wines range in sweetness from dry to sweet and can be light-bodied or full-bodied. The most popular white wines are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling.

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in America, and it’s known for its buttery taste. It’s made from a green grape, and it’s fermented in oak barrels to give it that buttery taste.

Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine that’s often compared to Chardonnay. It’s known for its grassy and citrus flavors.

Pinot Grigio is another popular white wine that’s light and refreshing. It’s made from a green grape and is often paired with seafood.

Riesling is a sweeter white wine that’s known for its fruity flavors. It’s made from a green grape and is often paired with spicy foods.
When it comes to white wines, there are plenty of options to choose from. From dry to sweet, light to full-bodied, there’s a white wine out there for everyone. And if you’re interested in learning more about white wines, be sure to check out Immers3d Magazine’s guide to white wines.

When to drink white wine and its temperature

When is the best time for white wine? I would suggest it mostly as a snack or dessert.

It is a very refreshing drink, although it has traditionally been classified as a good companion to fish and shellfish.

To this day, white wine accompanies pasta, rice, and many more dishes.
It is also important that the wine be cold, between six and eight degrees.

Rosé wine

Rosé wine is defined by its color, which ranges from pale orange to deep pink. It will always depend on the grape or the region in which it is made, the temperature, and the duration of maceration.

When it comes to wine, rosé is often overlooked and misunderstood. It’s a refreshing and easy-to-drink wine that is perfect for summer sipping or as an aperitif. Unlike red or white wines, which are made solely from either red or white grapes, rosé is made from a blend of both.

The wine gets its pink color from the skins of red grapes, which are left to macerate with the juice for a short period before being pressed.
In Orlando, you can find a variety of rosé wines that cater to different palates and budgets. At Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, you can taste their Southern White Muscadine and Southern Red Muscadine, both of which have a fruity flavor with a crisp finish. Meanwhile, the Island Grove Wine Company in Hawthorne has a strawberry-infused rosé that’s perfect for those with a sweet tooth.
Try the rosé from Quantum Leap Winery in Orlando for those looking for something more premium. The winery has received numerous accolades for its sustainably produced wines, and the rosé is no exception. Made from a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, the wine has a bright acidity with notes of watermelon and citron.

Lies about Rosé Wine

The collective thought is usually that rosé wine is a mixture between red wine and white wine, but this is not true, and, like these two, it has its own production methods.

Brewing methods

The first method could be said to be a red wine made like white wine, and the second is obtained from the fermentation of red wine.

The bleeding consists of removing a part of red wine in the early stage of maceration to give it more volume and intensity; thus, this extracted part is used to obtain rosé wine.

A peculiarity that makes rosé wine more special is that a good-quality wine is not obtained every year.

The main characteristic is its attractive appearance, as it is a refreshing drink with some fruity touches on the palate and, also, because of its carbonic touch that gives that pleasant spark.

How to drink rosé wine

Rosé wine is different because of its softness.

But you must know how to combine it because foods with very strong flavors will kill its essence.
For example, it is ideal for anchovy appetizers, seafood, vegetables, and recipes with eggs or rice.

No matter which rosé you choose, make sure to serve it chilled to enjoy its refreshing taste. If you’re not sure which one to pick, check out reviews on websites such as Immers3d Magazine or ask for recommendations at the winery. Cheers to discovering your new favorite rosé in Orlando!

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