A Visit to Quantum Leap Winery in Orlando

Did you know there's a winery in Orlando? Don't expect rolling hills covered in grapes, though. Quantum Leap Winery is housed in an old warehouse along the Orlando Urban Trail in the Mills50 District of Orlando.

I had an opportunity to explore and discover what Orlando wines are all about. Quantum Leap Winery opened their doors to some Central Florida Lady Bloggers and gave us a nice history and taste of their wines. 

This is my second trip to the winery and there have been some nice additions to Quantum Leap since my first visit including a new winemaker Norman Saley. Norm made his way to Florida after working at some wineries in California.
Wine at Quantum Leap Winery Orlando
18-20 bottles to purchase
I love how Quantum Leap Winery is a bit off the beaten path. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but walking into the building I was pleasantly surprised at how inviting their tasting room was. There have a wine bar and plenty of comfortable seating throughout where you are able to sit back and enjoy your drink. They also had a table set up with some nice wine accessories to purchase.

entrance to quantum leap winery
Enjoy a glass of 🍷on the patio

Our group enjoyed sampling a couple of their white wines and a couple of their red wines along with a hard cider as well. Jill the owner was on hand giving us descriptions to each wine. I think we all fell in love with Kaley's Rescue Red. We learned about the grapes and where they came from. I likened the winery to how craft beer is made by using different hops from all over and creating a recipe unique to the brand. This red blend was not only tasty, but a portion of the sales are donated to the SPCA in honor of their rescue dog.

While we were enjoying our wine we were offered some complimentary cheese and chocolates from Peterbrooke Chocolatier to pair with our wine.  Pairing the wines with the cheese and chocolate was a delicious delight. You can now purchase cheese, chocolate & charcuterie to pair with your wine.
cheese & chocolate to pair with wines & cider at Quantum Leap Winery
What is your favorite food to pair with wine?

While the wine, cheese, and chocolate were all wonderful my favorite part of the evening was learning about the winery. I loved hearing how passionate Jill the owner is about her wines. It was fascinating to hear how the winery came about and I was intrigued learning about their commitment to sustainability. I really never gave much thought into the carbon footprint of wine. The winery uses kegs, which helps cut shipping costs and reduces waste. If you're wondering how do they keep their wines fresh on tap, they have special tap system that prevents spoilage.  

They also have a line of hard Cider. I thought they all tasted great, but my favorite was the Hopped Up Cider where Citra hops have been added👍
Quantum Leap Winery Hard Cider
You can find the hard cider around town or purchase a bottle at the winery.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to come and taste some wine made here in Orlando and learn more about Quantum Leap Winery. The winery is a great space to have events or come hang out with friends. They currently have a Wine Down on the second Friday of the month. During the Wine Down they have live entertainment and a food truck, a nice touch to start your weekend.

The winery has extended their hours. They are now open Tuesday-Saturday from 12 pm- 8 pm.
Website
What I enjoy: Great setting to relax and enjoy a glass of wine.
Cool feature: Space can be rented out
Good for a date: ✔
Good for kids: No
Good for teens: No
Good for groups: ✔
OK for dogs: ✔
Local spots nearby to explore Ten10 Brewing, Pig Floyd's. & Banh Mi Nah Trang

~ Kelli

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2014 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.