Destin, Florida is a paradise for wine lovers! Our Emerald Coast city is home to a number of excellent wineries and wine bars that are popular with both locals and visitors alike. Additionally, Destin hosts a handful of highly regarded wine festivals and events throughout the year. To help you make the most of your next vacation, the Henderson Park Inn has put together a guide to the top seven places for wine tasting in Destin FL.
1. Emerald Coast Wine Cellars
Emerald Coast Wine Cellars offers free tastings every day of the week! This superb winery specializes in vintages made from locally grown muscadine grapes. Emerald Coast Wine Cellars is known for its friendly staff, who are always eager to share insider information about how their wines are made. Some of the most-buzzed-about wines at the cellars include the Wild Honey Flower wine and the Chocolate Port.
2. The Wine Bar
Connected to Chan’s Wine World, The Wine Bar is a can’t-miss stop for any trip to Destin. On Friday evenings at 5 p.m., The Wine Bar offers themed wine tastings for $10. Participants will also receive a $5 discount on any bottle of wine purchased in the store. The Wine Bar also offers daily happy hours from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. where guests can enjoy a carafe for the price of a glass.
3. Vin’tij Wine Boutique
Vin’tij Wine Boutique is another one of the best destinations for wine tasting in Destin FL. On most Thursday nights, Vin’tij hosts spectacular tastings. These events typically revolve around a theme or tell the story of a single winemaker. Vin’tij has been visited by legendary actor Morgan Freeman and profiled on celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse’s TV show.
4. The Henderson Park Inn
Guests at the Henderson Park Inn will have a number of opportunities to enjoy some fantastic wine right at our hotel! When you arrive in your room, you will find a complimentary bottle of wine, chocolates, and grapes waiting on your bed. The Henderson Park Inn also offers daily happy hours where guests can enjoy a free glass of wine or another adult beverage from our Tiki Bar. Additionally, Beach Walk Cafe, our award-winning onsite restaurant, offers an extensive wine list that features vintages from all around the world.
Located across the street from our bed and breakfast at our sister property, The Henderson, Horizons is quickly becoming one of Destin’s most popular bars. On weekdays from June through the end of the year, Horizons hosts a “Wine Down Happy Hour” from 4 – 7 p.m. During this time, Horizons offers specials on wine flights, cocktails, small bites, and their terrace menu.
6. Sandestin Wine Festival
The Sandestin Wine Festival is one of the biggest annual events on the Emerald Coast. Held in April, this four-day event features wine tastings, wine dinners, live music, and appearances from celebrated winemakers and well-known chefs. Hundreds of wines are available for sampling at this amazing festival.
7. Destin Charity Wine Auction
The Destin Charity Wine Auction has been named one of the top 10 wine auctions in the nation by Wine Spectator Magazine. This three-day fundraiser in April includes a special dinner, tastings, an auction, and a fun festival. Best of all, proceeds from this event help fund important children’s charities in northwest Florida.
When you stay at the Henderson Park Inn, you will be near all of the best destinations for wine tasting in Destin FL. Located adjacent to Henderson Beach State Park, our adults only bed and breakfast was voted the most romantic hotel in America by both the users of About.com and TripAdvisor.com. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Destin hotel rooms.