The Licking County Wine Trail
By Heather Rader

The Licking County Wine Trail takes visitors on a self-guided wine tour of picturesque Licking County. One of Ohio’s Adventure Trails, the wine trail features six local Ohio wineries dispersed throughout the county. Visitors can pick up an official “wine trail passport” at any of the participating wineries and once stamped at all six wineries, receive a wine-themed prize!

Autumn Rush Vineyard

Located on sixteen acres northeast of Johnstown, the family-owned Autumn Rush Vineyard produces handcrafted small-batch wines. Their vineyard produces Marquette, La Crescent and Frontenac Gris grape varieties in which they create nine award-winning flavorful wines. Sample and choose your favorite wine, create your own wine flight, or buy a bottle to enjoy on the outdoor patio overlooking the peaceful views of the surrounding farmland, pond and vineyards. Autumn Rush Vineyard is open seasonally from May to November.

Buckeye Winery

Buckeye Winery is located in the heart of downtown Newark and handcrafts more than 50 wines from select vineyards from around the world. Offering a delicious and unique array of wines varieties from red, white, blush, sweet or sparkling, Buckeye Winery surely has a wine to satisfy every palate. Curate your perfect wine tasting with samples of their wines or create your own batch of wine with personalized labels. All that wine tasting might make you hungry, so order a handmade pizza or panini from the menu to compliment your wine choice.

Otter Creek Vineyards

Located between Johnstown and Utica, Otter Creek Vineyards is situated on 120 acres of beautiful vineyards and picturesque scenery. Producing all of their wines on-site with their own and locally sourced grapes, Otter Creek offers seven flavorful wines. Create your own wine tasting by sampling your chosen varietal, then grab a glass or bottle of your favorite to sip outside on their spacious deck overlooking the peaceful views of the pond and surrounding vineyards. Otter Creek Vineyard is open seasonally from May to December.

Sand Hollow Speakeasy

Take a step back in time in the Prohibition-era Sand Hollow Speakeasy. Located in downtown Newark, this liquor establishment serves draft beer, whiskey and wines from Sand Hollow Winery. To enter the speakeasy, knock on the door labeled “Mr. Speaks Office” and give the current password which you can find on their website.

Sand Hollow Winery

Located on an 83-acre farm in scenic southeast Licking County, Sand Hollow Winery produces handcrafted wines from juices from California, Chile and Italy. Wine lovers can choose from fifteen wines ranging from full-bodied to sweet. Sample and choose your favorite wine, create your own wine flight, or buy a bottle to enjoy outdoors overlooking the peaceful views of the pond and surrounding nature.

Three Oaks Vineyard

As a rural oasis near Granville, Three Oaks Vineyard produces several varietals of grapes; Catawba, Niagara, Pinot Noir, Marquette, St. Pepin, St. Croix, Isabella, Concord, Chardonel and Riesling. Offering handcrafted wines from grapes grown on-site and other locally-sourced Ohio grapes, Three Oaks serves fifteen delicious wines. Create your own tasting and/or wine flight, then sip on your favorite on the outdoor patio or take a walk over the wooden bridge to visit the beautiful vineyard.

Exploring the picturesque scenery and delightful wines along the Licking County Wine Trail makes for the perfect weekend getaway for any Ohio wine lover!

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