The area around Colonialtown falls distinctly on the urban side for Orlando. It’s known for being multicultural and very Main Street – with older storefronts that give the neighborhood its charm, housing longtime businesses and more than a few new, independently-owned entities. It is not, however, known for its vineyards. Which is why you might be surprised to hear it has its own winery.
“Que?” you say, scratching your head. Florida isn’t much of a quality wine-growing region.
No, it’s not.
Orlando's got juice: importing from premier wine regions affords Central Florida its own "local" wines — Photo courtesy of lowjumpingfrog
But the minds behind Quantum Leap Winery, which opened in 2012 near Mills Ave. in the Park Lake/Highland neighborhood, didn’t see it as an obstacle. Instead, they bring the juice from grapes grown in notable regions worldwide to Orlando where it is finished, blended and packaged. It’s sustainable because it reduces the carbon footprint of traditional wine production.
It’s awesome, because this environmentally friendly wine is actually really good.
In addition to its happy hour allure, Quantum Leap is an attractive venue for private events — Photo courtesy of Quantum Leap Winery
Open Thursday through Saturday, Quantum Leap has beautiful spaces for private, catered events and, several times monthly, runs fun public events as well. Wine Down evenings are of particular note; live music sets the mood, local food trucks are on-hand to provide sustenance and, of course, quality wine flows.
Looking to expand your knowledge of that delicious crossroads where fromage meets fine wine? The 3rd edition of QL’s Wine & Cheese Class is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 and participants are taken through the art of pairing with five unique selections.
Previous Wine & Cheese Events at Quantum Leap have proven popular - get your tickets early — Photo courtesy of Quantum Leap Winery
Quantum Leap’s artful wine room is chic, classy and casual, its patio spacious and welcoming. Proponents enjoy the atmosphere, friendly staffers and, yes, reasonable prices. Glasses start at $5, bottles to take home: $9. Locals and visitors on the hunt for something different in this neck of the woods might hit them up for a unique happy hour or a quick perusal of their art and gift selection.