Celebrate Harvest at Ohio’s Wineries
By Michael Evans

Celebrate Harvest at Ohio’s Wineries

Enjoying a glass of wine at one your favorite Ohio winery is even more special when autumn rolls around. Somehow, the wine tastes just a little better when accompanied by a crisp breeze and a beautiful backdrop of fall foliage. If you’re a fan of colorful fall landscapes and loads of fall-themed fun, there are several wineries throughout the state that can warm you up and be the perfect setting for an evening with friends. Below are just a few examples of Ohio wineries worth a visit this autumn:

Maize Valley Winery, Hartville

it’s not often that you find a winery that caters to the entire family – children included. Maize Valley does just that, featuring a special fall harvest area from September 15 through October 28, that includes wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, an animal train ride, pumpkin cannon demonstrations, and plenty more attractions. I am personally fond of the massive 8-acre corn maze, which assuredly made me feel like a kid again! To feel adult again, grab one of the handcrafted beers or wines and reserve a campfire site! The staff will build the fire for you, as you and your party sit on bales of straw. You may bring your own food to the site, or purchase one of their special packages (hot dogs, s’mores, etc.). Sitting fireside under the stars with a glass of wine on an autumn night in Ohio is hard to beat!

Gervasi Vineyard, Canton

Just minutes South of Maize Valley is Gervasi Vineyard, whose beautiful pond and walkways are a sight to see in any season, but especially in fall. This winery has gained much attention as one of the greatest destination wineries in the state, and when you visit you will see why!  Come be blown away by the scenery on any day, or consider coming to the “Fall Crawl” on October 28. On the Fall Crawl, you’ll have the opportunity to stroll the Gervasi estate and make four stops along the way for beer or wine tastings. Each stop also includes a small plate of fall food, made right on site. Or, book a cooking class for you and your family to make yummy fall-inspired meals. Get tickets on the Gervasi website.

Matus Winery, Wakeman

If you’re seeking out a winery to enjoy this fall while decked out in your Halloween garb, look no further than Matus Winery in Wakeman, Huron County. One of the biggest Halloween Bash in the area happens here at this winery on October 27, with costumes, prizes, music, food, and burning pumpkins! But you don’t have to wait until Halloween to enjoy Matus Winery, which sits on a gorgeous stretch of 80-year-old farmland. Come anytime to sit outside on the lantern-lit veranda next to the fire pit!

The Winery at Wolf Creek, Norton

Once you visit The Winery At Wolf Creek in Summit County, you will surely not forget it. That’s because of one very special feature: a backyard full of pygmy goats to greet you and your guests! It’s so fun to watch the goats as you sip on your vino. On October 7, you can see the goats while attending the winery’s 2nd Annual Fall Festival. This free family friendly event will offer pumpkin decorating, live music by local artist Zach, face painting, games, popcorn, pizza, and a chance to meet those famous pygmy goats up close and personal! If you can’t make it then, stop by with your canine friend for one of the many “Yappy Hour” events taking place this fall. See their site for details!

D&D Smith Winery, Norwalk

Located near Matus Winery is D&D Smith Winery in Norwalk. This Huron County winery stands out in the fall for its harvest-inspired wine flavors that are unlike anywhere I’ve seen. Try a sampling or take home a bottle of their Apple Cinnamon, Cranberry, or Pumpkin wine (made from 100% pumpkin, and no artificial flavors). On September 22, enjoy the winery’s annual Fall Fest & 5K Run, starting at 9AM. This event is a fundraiser for the D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution) which raises money for wreaths to be laced on veteran’s graves. There’s also raffles, vendors, and pumpkin flavored baked goods.

Vinkolet Winery, Colerain Township

In the southern part of our state, you’ll find Vinkolet Winery, which has 12,000 vines on 30 acres of rolling hills. The incredibly picturesque winery offers spectacular views, and spectacular fun. Visit on October 14 for the Vinkolet Fall Festival, which has over 60 local crafters selling unique and artsy gifts. You can also enjoy live music from the local band The Skallywags, a fried chicken dinner, and of course award-winning wine.

Merry Family Winery, Bidwell

Located in southeast Ohio is the small family-owned Merry Family Winery, which is worth the drive no  matter where in Ohio you live. Merry Family Winery stands out because of its delicious fall wines made from cherries and apples! The Cherry Fall Seasonal is unbelievable, and the Liberty Apple is made from apples from Hirsch’s Apple Orchard in Ross County. There even is a specially crafted “Mothman Festival” wine, which serves as the signature wine to celebrate the nearby Mothman Festival, taking place September 15-16 across the river in Point Pleasant, WV. The festival pays homage to the spooky “mothman” that legend says haunts the area. If you can’t make that festival, try the “Drive It Yourself Tour” the following weekend on September 22, which is a driving tour of area farms including Merry Family!

For more ways to celebrate your fallidays, Find It Here on Ohio.org.

About the Author

Michael Evans is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Public Affairs Journalism and currently works for The Ohio Department of Transportation as a Legislative Liaison. Michael is additionally the creator of OHventures, an Ohio tourism blog that focuses on outdoor adventure and active lifestyle. He has many hobbies, including writing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, running, lifting weights, traveling and photography. You can write to Michael at ohventuresblog@gmail.com.