When you think of fine dining and fine wine, Disney World may not be the first place that comes to mind. But you might just be surprised at how many places on Disney property have great choices for wine. Here are five of our favorite places for wine at Disney World:
1 – Jiko
The wine regions of South Africa provide us with a wide variety of very good quality wines, and the largest selection of these wines (outside of South Africa itself) is at Jiko, the high quality sit-down meal restaurant located inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Special wine and cheese pairings are offered each Wednesday, and there are special events several times a year. Plus, the most expensive bottles of wine are just at the $100 mark, so while you will spend a bit for a nice meal, you won’t break the bank.
2 – Flying Fish Café
This upscale and popular restaurant located on Disney’s Boardwalk is a critically acclaimed restaurant in its own right. But for those who enjoy wine, you can have an amazing experience by taking in the Chef’s Tasting Wine Dinner. Offered twice each evening, you not only get a seat in the kitchen (yes, that’s a good thing) but you get a wine paired by a professional Sommelier with each of the five courses of the meal. And if you don’t want to fork out the nearly $150 price for the chef’s table experience and wine pairing, you can still choose from 50 different wines served by the bottle with which to enjoy an entrée.
Disney offers great selections of wine at restaurants like Flying Fish.
3 – Kouzinna
Also located at the Boardwalk, this restaurant by celebrity chef Cat Cora is another wine lover’s destination. Cat offers her own wine, called Coronation (clever, no?) and also offers five-course meals with wine pairings on Fridays and Saturdays. You get to enjoy interesting Greek-inspired food like lamb and orzo together with a selection of wines.
4 – Victoria And Albert’s
No mention of fine wine or fine dining in the same breath as Disney World is complete without a mention of Victoria And Albert’s. Located inside the luxurious Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, this restaurant consistently wins the coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award, among others. While a chef’s table experience, complete with ten-course meal and wine pairing, can run in upwards of $300 per person, for those who truly enjoy fine food and fine wine, you are likely to consider it a worthy investment for a meal and an evening you are sure to remember.
5 – Food And Wine Festival
If it has the word “Wine” in the title, there must be something to offer wine aficionados, right? The answer is definitely yes. This festival, which typically takes place September through November, is a great way to try not only a wide variety of foods from around the world, but also the wines that go along with them. You get smaller pour sizes so that you spend less and get to try a great variety. Plus, there are wine tasting classes that allow you to not only try a variety of wines but also get a little wine education in the process. Now that’s what we call a good time.