Celebrate Ohio Wines
By Meg Berno

Ohio is home to a variety of beautiful wineries, scenic vineyards and fun events, and there’s no better time than summer to get out and take advantage of all Ohio has to offer. Whether you enjoy a glass of wine and dinner on a patio, a panoramic lake view, or looking out across rolling countryside foothills, there are plenty of places to enjoy the sights and tastes of Ohio wine country. Following are just a few wineries and events for your consideration. To discover more wineries across the state, check out the Ohio Wines website.

Meaderies

Brothers Drake Meadery, Columbus

Brothers Drake hand crafts fine meads in Columbus with the most local and high-quality ingredients possible. Mead is an ancient form of alcohol made from honey. We use Ohio wildflower honey, fruit, flowers and spices to create a distinct flavor of Ohio. Come visit our full bar for a truly local experience of art, music and mead!

Wineries and Vineyards

South River Vineyards, Geneva

This local favorite is commonly known as the “church winery” due to its location in an 1892-era church complete with original pews, wainscoting, flooring and some stained glass windows. Visitors can stroll the 70-acre vineyard, wine glass in-hand, to enjoy a panoramic view of Lake Erie or sit down for a tasting to find a new favorite flavor. The vineyards include a variety of Old World European grapes including Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Pinot Noir, as well as Merlot and Semillon. Guests can also relax on the veranda, cozy up by the outdoor fireplace in the rustic pavilion or enjoy views from the new rooftop pavilion.

Vinoklet Winery, Cincinnati

Home to eight award-winning wines, this 30-acre winery sits on a former dairy farm and features picturesque rolling hills and ponds. In 2012, Vinoklet’s Traminette was awarded “Best Ohio Wine” in the category of White Wines by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Be sure to check their calendar for frequent events and tastings ranging from Shakespeare performances to Cigars & Guitars.

Black Sheep Vineyard, Adena

Opened in 2008, this small, family-owned vineyard and winery rests in the hills of southern Ohio and claims to have one of Ohio’s most breathtaking views. The vineyard features a wrap-around deck, and events from live music to sip and paint events. Black Sheep currently bottles 11 varieties of wine from dry to sweet. Guests will enjoy a variety of wines paired with bread, cheese, and fruit in a cozy countryside atmosphere.

Moyer Winery and Restaurant, Manchester

Ken and Mary Moyer opened the winery in 1973 when Ken was ready to change professions. After visiting several states in search of the perfect location, they came upon their current property in Manchester. One of their buildings has a long, storied history as a restaurant and dance Hall in the 1920s (including service of bootleg beer during prohibition), as an amateur boxing arena in the 1930s (Ezzard Charles is said to have boxed here), as a private gambling establishment in the 40s and a truck stop in the 50s and 60s. Today, visitors come for the wine a nice meal and a spectacular view of the Ohio River on the patio seating area and from the indoor dining room. Their wide array of wines are made and bottled on sight.

Stoney Ridge Farm and Winery, Bryan

This 13-acre vineyard and winery is quite unique. The winery and vineyard are located on a 10,000-year-old Native American Indian trail along the beach head of Lake Erie in northewest Ohio.  The winery features a variety of seasonal wines from Cabernet Sauvignon to Country Rhubarb. The tasting bar lets guests sample handcrafted wines and hard cider. Inside the winery, guests can unwind by a cozy fieldstone fireplace surrounded by an interior rustic setting.  

Buckeye Lake Winery, Thornville

This winery is dedicated to making the finest wines by bringing the Napa Valley experience home and creating a relaxing atmosphere. Their white wines are estate grown and produced, while their banquet facilities are great for a group getaway, wedding reception or family gathering. The Higgenbothams have made food a big part of their vision, so be sure to stop in for a meal before or after a tasting.

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.