Grape & The Grain Wine Bar: Mills 50 District’s New Neighborhood Craft...

Grape & The Grain Wine Bar: Mills 50 District’s New Neighborhood Craft Beer & Wine Garden

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Grape & The Grain serves a wide variety of wine spanning the globe, a generous selection of craft beer from local breweries, frosé, sangrias, Prosecco on tap, a mimosa bar on Sunday, small plates like charcuterie and specialty cheeses, food trucks and various live musicians on weekends to round out the tranquil vibe.

My favorite part of this wine bar, besides the wine and food, includes their warm welcome of our furry friends! Bring your friendly furry friends along to relax in the back while you sip on a nice drink.

We were lucky enough to recently experience the wonderful vibes of Grape & The Grain. They generally have charcuterie and specialty cheeses for indulge with the wine. For other food options, they turn to local friends to bring their food trucks each weekend to share an experience and keep things local.

The wines are from wonderful suppliers, which I recommend hearing from the owner, Christian. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything, nor take the experience of seeing the passion behind his eyes as he tell you about his wine bar and all that it brings to the table.

Here’s a sneak peak of unique poems on the back of each bottle of The Inquisitor.

The 1,200 square foot Spanish-style, vintage interior houses a rotating for-sale art exhibit that pushes the limits, with a new local Orlando artist featured every six weeks. Not only will you find local artworks throughout the building, but the bathrooms have artwork on the walls too. To clearly see the art, hold up your phone and open the camera for a view.

Most enchanting is Grape & The Grain’s spacious outdoor garden with a 1,000 square feet wood deck and grass area, covered trellis with Edison bulb lights, Adirondack chairs and a private driveway for food trucks, all wrapped in a custom fence lined with hanging succulents and seven-foot Italian Cypress trees. 

Grape & The Grain is owned by seasoned hospitality and real estate professionals, husband and wife team Christian Arqueros and Alexie Fonseca, along with sister Maritza Arqueros.  “We’ve been fortunate to travel throughout Europe and South America over the years, and one thing we always loved most was sitting in a ‘piazza’ enjoying a glass of wine, watching the people walk by and the musician playing the sax or accordion for a euro going table to table,” says Alexie.

“That spun the idea of how can we get something like this in Orlando?  Why wait for someone else?  We can create it ourselves.  The timing was just right, we found a hidden gem in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Mills 50 and turned it into a vision we’d been working on for years.”

Join Grape & The Grain Wine Bar with or without your furry friends. Grape & The Gran is located at 1110 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803. Hours of operation are Tuesday thru Thursday 5pm-12am, Friday and Saturday 4pm-2am, Sunday 1pm-7pm.  For more information, call 407-674-6156 or visit www.grapeandthegrain.com.

Katherine Nguyen is a Dental Hygienist working in Orlando, FL. She also has a major in Molecular Biology and Microbiology and minor in Health Service Administration from the University of Central Florida. She enjoyed playing soccer and was captain of an intramural team for 4 years at UCF. Photography is her favorite hobby since 2008; she is very diverse in the field, but her favorite sub-fields are portraits, culinary and maternity photography. In her free time, she tutors students from elementary to college level as well as volunteers at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, FL. Link: Katherine Nguyen Photography

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