Being a local, I have a little bit of inside perspective on the area's wine country. What a beautiful area to live in with so much talent. Each winery has it's own unique atmosphere and feel. Some are more wine experience driven, some are focused on live music and entertainment, but each is special in it's own way. We're only covering five here, but click the link below to check out each and every one to plan your visit.
Whether you are celebrating your wedding day or having an extended honeymoon here is are a few inside tips to traveling to Ohio Wine Country.
One of the oldest wineries in this area, they have been in production since 1937. Between their Italian styled dining experience and beautiful patios that overlook their vineyards, this place is a win-win.
Pros: They have a separate tasting room from the restaurant so you can have multiple experiences. They have a private room for small gatherings.
Cons: You can’t make reservations. But, have a glass of wine while you wait.
This estate wine producing location has a great venue. Their back patio is cozy and makes you feel as If you are excluded from the outside world. They have some great pizza and often have live music as well. They also have a jalapeno Vidal Ice Wine that will knock your socks off.
Pros: They also have a private room to rent for groups up to 50. For a micro-wedding that’s more than enough space to sit back and relax with some vino in this rustic location.
Cons: Small kitchen means you’ll have to wait a little longer for food. But, with good music and wine, we welcome the wait.
What’s not to love about this place. Located next to Harpersfield Vineyard, both nestled into the vineyards. Hundley hasn’t been around as long but is definitely a local favorite with a beautiful fireplace to cozy up to and an amazing few from their outside patio. Also, their small pates are amazing (definitely get the pot stickers). Being a newer kid on the block, opened in 2014, they have definitely clamed their stake in the area. Pink Camo is a popular and fun wine if you are looking for something on the sweeter side.
Pros: Beautiful views and close to other wineries.
Cons: It’s a bit smaller, so when busy it’s hard to stretch out if the weather isn't cooperating.
Laurentia was a dream of two brothers who wanted to assist with the wine recognition in the area. Laurentia has done things a bit differently, but that is what is great about the wine country here in the Grand River Valley and Lake Erie wine regions. No two wineries are alike, and Laurentia is no exception. These brothers had a love for wine and hunting lodges and it definitely shows. The grandiose ceilings and scale of the building are a representation of lodges.
Pros: The patios are amazing with amazing views. The patio area can be enclosed with glass doors so you still get the outside feel, inside.
Cons: Although seating is spaced out it can be tough to get a seat or space at the tasting bar on a busy day. Visit on a week day if you are looking for the full experience.
Harpersfield Vineyards: Last on this list but definitely not least. This location has an amazing elegant and rustic charm. You will feel like you are in another world here. Their two mascots Matilda and Toby are ready to greet you. Stop at the counter to pick up a bottle of their famous estate Pinot Noir.
Pros: They are pet friendly and have an amazing fireplace to curl up next to all year long. Cons: Parking can be an issue. This place is a hot spot for visitors and locals alike. It’s a must visit location while you are in town.
With over 30 wineries in this area, there is definitely options. No two wineries are alike. They are a great excursion of for a romantic retreat, and laidback honeymoon, or a fun elopement. Take your pick from the full list here: www.ohiowines.org.
Bonus Tip: Get Married in Wine Country:
Love the idea of getting married in a vineyard? Want a winery or vineyard as the backdrop for your small wedding or elopement? Contact us here, and we can plan all the details or check out our simple ceremony options.
We are also the exclusive provider for weddings at South River Vineyards (often called the church winery), which is definitely a must visit winery while you are in the area.