One of the best parts about a vacation at the Walt Disney World Resort is taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the Disney Parks and relaxing with a refreshing and delicious beverage. While there are plenty of amazing specialty cocktails to be found throughout the property, there are also many locations for wine drinkers to find their perfect pour.
Sure, the Walt Disney World Resort is an entertainment destination, but that doesn’t stop several locations from boasting impressive wine lists masterfully crafted with international and domestic options. Wine lovers who are looking to take a break and enjoy the perfect glass of vino absolutely have to try these wonderful spots at the Walt Disney World Resort!
Wine Bar George
The most popular destination at the Walt Disney World Resort for wine drinkers is Wine Bar George, a table service restaurant found in The Landing area of Disney Springs. The restaurant features two floors of industrial and modern décor where Guests can enjoy small plates, cheese and charcuterie, and a limited menu of entrée selections for brunch, lunch, and dinner.
While the food options including Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites, The Big Board, Fried Chicken Biscuit, and Kendall Brook Smoked Salmon are delicious, the true star is the wine menu expertly crafted by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. Served by the bottle, ounce, or glass, the wine menu at Wine Bar George features options from France, California, Italy, Argentina, Spain, Australia, South Africa, and more and is broken down by type making it easy to narrow down selections.
California Grill is a beautiful table service restaurant found at the very top of Disney’s Contemporary Resort that combines a modern theme, stunning views of Seven Seas Lagoon and the Magic Kingdom, and a menu of American contemporary cuisine with flavors from the Pacific Coast. Open only for dinner each night, California Grill also features an impressive wine menu that Guests absolutely love.
After taking an exclusive elevator up to California Grill, Guests emerge inside of the restaurant and are immediately greeted by large walls offering glimpses of the impressive wine collection offered on the menu. Featuring an extensive array of options from California, California Grill also offers up options from Portugal, South Africa, Austria, and more.
Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar
Italy is well known for its delicious wine options, and the Italy Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase is no exception. Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is a charming lounge location that features low vaulted stone ceilings, rustic wooden and brick accents, dark tones, and moody lighting to create the feeling of an Italian wine cellar.
Guests who score a table or seat at the bar at Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar will immediately feel whisked away to the heart of Tuscany and can peruse over two hundred Italian wine selections available by the glass or bottle. While sipping their wines, Guests can also order antipasti, pasta, and dessert options that pair perfectly with each pour.
Jiko – The Cooking Place
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most beautiful Disney Resorts that brings the charm and culture of Africa to life through theming and some delicious restaurants including Jiko – The Cooking Place. This table service restaurant is open daily for dinner and invites Guests to enjoy a menu of traditional African cuisine and flavors in a vibrant dining room filled with pops of color and origami birds above.
In addition to the wonderful menu featuring options like the Moroccan Lamb Shank, Heritage Chicken, and Oak-grilled Filet Mignon, Jiko – The Cooking Place also boasts an impressive menu of South African wines that are available by the glass or bottle. Each wine features bold and unique flavors and the servers at the restaurant are incredibly knowledgeable to help Guests choose the best bottle for their palate.
Victoria Falls Lounge
Guests who would like the enjoy the ambiance of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and wonderful South African wine options without committing to a table service dining reservation have one wonderful option. Victoria Falls Lounge can be found near Boma, another popular table service restaurant, and features a large bar area with a lengthy menu of South African wines and small plates. Guests can even choose to enjoy their delicious pours at the bar, comfortable tables, or just outside next to a cozy burning fire pit.
A laid back location where Guests can enjoy some unique and delicious wine can be found in the heart of the Germany Pavilion in EPCOT’s World Showcase. Weinkeller is a small store in the Disney Park that is connected to the Stein Haus and Kunstarbeit in Kristall that sells an assortment of cookbooks and wine. In addition to the items available for purchase, there is also a small bar in the back of the store where Guests can order glasses of German wines and chat with the working Cast Members who are very knowledgeable and can share tons of information about each pour.
Jaleo by Jose Andres
Chef Jose Andres has long been a huge name in the culinary world, first opening Jaleo by Jose Andres in Washington D.C. in the early 1990s. Recently, he has brought his amazing Spanish cuisine to Disney Springs opening up Jaleo by Jose Andres in the West Side.
The table service restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and serves up a very extensive menu of Spanish tapas and indulgent charcuterie in addition to a very impressive menu of Spanish wines. Featuring many different flavor profiles and notes, Guests should be sure to ask the Cast Members for help choosing their perfect pour from the menu at Jaleo by Jose Andres.
We hope you enjoy some of these top spots and their top wine options on your next Walt Disney World vacation!