I started The Vineyard out of a passion for delicious food, fine wine, and time spent with friends. I am blessed and humbled by the community we’ve cultivated through these years, all in the pursuit of making connections over health-conscious elegant plates and wine.
Our menu features a locally sourced market-to-table approach to food and we focus on only using the freshest ingredients, all of which are hand-selected by our Chef. We truly hope you come to love The Vineyard as much as we do.
We love to demystify the world of wine. Many find wine tasting and buying to be an intimidating process, but our approach is different. The answer to the most important question in wine doesn’t lie within vintage, vineyard yields, or cases produced - the most important question is, “Do you like it?”. Our goal for this question is to be a resounding yes. We ensure this by taking a guided approach with well-trained staff and an on-hand sommelier to answer your wine questions and make suggestions based upon your specific palate.
Whether you’re an oenophile collecting exotic wine or a more casual wine lover, we are here to help you find your new favorite inexpensive go-to, or perhaps a limited production rarity you’ll share with a loved one for a special occasion.
After a successful career spanning over 30 years in the vacation ownership industry, Deborah Linden set out to pursue one of her greatest passions: health. She envisioned a restaurant catering to health-conscious wine lovers in the Windermere community, a community she’s called home for the last 2 decades. Deborah’s passion for entrepreneurship is only shadowed by her philanthropy. She uses The Vineyard as a vessel to satiate her passion for charity and connecting people who might not have crossed paths if not for The Vineyard. Deb prides herself on the microcosm she's created with her staff and guests alike.
The heartbeat of any restaurant emanates from the kitchen, and our Executive Chef, Tracy Jenkins sets the pulse for an eclectic culinary experience. His mixed background inspires fusion flavors and classic dishes you’ll love. His dedication to great cuisine has placed him in many well-known kitchens and we are especially lucky to have him at the helm of our culinary efforts here at The Vineyard Wine Bar and Healthy Bistro. Chef Tracy’s commitment to partnering with our Sommelier, Rob Christie, ensures the quality of our menu and wine pairings.
Born and raised in Florida, Rob Christie has enjoyed over 20 years in the hospitality industry cultivating a passion for wine and a true desire to share that passion with others. As a sommelier, Rob carries an intimate knowledge of both place and taste that easily translates to both the casual enthusiast and the avid collector. He believes that enjoying wine can be emotional and transformative at times, but it must always be fun!