Taste and Tour at Raven’s Glenn Winery
By Elizabeth Xu

Taste and Tour at Raven’s Glenn Winery

Part II of "Wine Down Wednesday" series highlighting Ohio wineries.

Part II of our “Wine Down Wednesday” series highlighting Ohio wineries, features Raven’s Glenn Winery. For a list of Ohio wineries, click here.

Did you know Coshocton County, Ohio is home to an award-winning winery called Raven’s Glenn Winery located right off the Tuscarawas River? My husband and I were very excited to plan our first tour of an Ohio winery.





We started out with a tour of the winery, had a wine tasting, and then ended our visit with soup, pasta, breadsticks, and dessert in the winery’s Italian restaurant.

It’s not a stretch to say that wine tastings at Raven’s Glenn Winery have variety. You can choose from three flights of wine and with each flight you can try eight to nine wines. Each flight is $5 and you get to keep your souvenir wine glass. There are three flight options: one with all dry wines, one with all semi-sweet and sweet wines and a vintner’s reserve flight featuring wines made with grapes grown at the winery.





I usually prefer sweet wines, so I was happy to find a flight that offered nine of them!

Erica, our wine connoisseur, was friendly and knowledgeable about every aspect of the wine we were sampling. I enjoyed learning what each wine paired with and how certain ones could also be mixed to make a spritzer. In case you’re curious, too—the Raven’s Rouge wine pairs well with pizza, Scarlet Raven wine matches well with salty foods and desserts, and Wildly Cherry pairs perfeclty with milk chocolate.





We arrived at 11 a.m. and we were lucky to have all of Erica’s attention; by the time lunch was over around 12:30 p.m. the tasting bar was packed with customers.





Wine is offered with lunch too. The winery’s restaurant has an outdoor patio, but you won’t miss out on the view if you sit inside thanks to large windows that give you a perfect view of the Tuscarawas River. The setting was nice even on a dreary day, especially because we were able to have a table next to the windows.





Tours of the winery occur in a building next to the restaurant and tasting room. Tours are usually reserved for groups like the ones that come in motor coaches to visit the winery. It was especially fun to see the machine used for bottling. Tonya Bevins, Director of Operations at the winery, says that five employees are involved with the bottling process.





Raven’s Glenn is a true family affair; founders Robert and Renee Guilliams started the winery after retiring from the healthcare industry, and their son Beau runs the winery today. They are able to produce about 500,000 bottles of wine per year with 65 employees.

They grow three kinds of grapes on their property, including Noiret, a hybrid grape for red wine, which was developed by Cornell University. It’s used to make wines like Scarlet Raven and Moon Dreams.

The setting, wine, food, and people at Raven’s Glenn Winery make this Ohio winery worth multiple visits. My husband and I are already planning a trip back—maybe for a evening visit because the winery has acoustic music on the patio on select Fridays in the summer. After all, we only tried two of the three wine flights, with a third that still awaits.

 

Disclosure: A complimentary winery tour and lunch in the restaurant were provided by Raven’s Glenn Winery.

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