By Ohio.org Staff
Posted On: Aug 18, 2020
Ohio’s Appalachian region stretches from the shores of Lake Erie to the banks of the Ohio River and is home to an eclectic mix of culture, arts, natural wonders and cuisine. Explore one of it's most unique offerings with a road trip through the state's wine country.
NOTE: Please check directly with the venues before your visit to stay up to date on all safety precautions and guidelines surrounding COVID-19.
With more than 30 wineries, Ashtabula County earns its nickname of Ohio Wine Country. The breezes off Lake Erie and the rich soil left behind by the glaciers that carved out the Great Lakes make this area prime for grape growing. Many of the vineyards are family-owned and family-run, like the third-generation Kosicek Vineyards. Pull up a chair and enjoy tastings in unique settings like South River Vineyard’s former church, Old Firehouse Winery’s working Ferris wheel and Laurentia Winery’s log-cabin style tasting room. Taste a wide variety of vintages at Buccia Vineyards, Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery and Grand River Cellars Winery.
Sip on wine overlooking Lake Erie and enjoy locally sourced cuisine at the cozy Lakehouse Inn Winery or relax in the solitude of the woods from the comfort of your own romantic, luxury cottage at Vineyard Woods.
Indulge in hearty comfort food inspired by the historic butcher shop that once took up residence at Rennick Meat Market. Sample farm-to-table takes on old favorites like shepherd’s pie and rib ragu at Crosswinds Grille at The Lakehouse Inn or nosh on a homemade pizza pie in a dining room fashioned from a historic covered bridge at Covered Bridge Pizza.
Along the Way
Taste the culinary traditions of Italian families who settled in this area, as well as delicacies unique to the region like Italian greens and Chicken Française, at more than 50 sites along the Italian Food Trail in Trumbull County.
Step back in history with the nation’s 25th president at the McKinley Memorial Museum in Niles and a leader of the women’s suffrage movement at the Harriet Taylor Upton House in Warren.
Pamper yourself with some spa services and take a soak in the luxurious new Roman bath at The Grand Resort in Warren.
View one of the nation’s premier collections of American art, including works by Norman Rockwell and Georgia O’Keeffe, at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown.
Sail, swim or cast a line at Atwood Lake near Dellroy. Rent a boat to fish or spend the day on the water.
Step back in time at Schoenbrunn Village, a 1772 Moravian mission that was Ohio’s first European settlement, in New Philadelphia.
For more Appalachian adventures, Ohio wines and road trips, check out #OhioFindItHere at Ohio.org.