Sometimes Ohio wines and wineries get a bit of a bad rap. When comparing them to the wines and wineries of California, France and Italy, they are a totally different experience and well, quite frankly, they should be. I recently had the chance to spend some time in one of Ohio’s wine regions, Geneva on the Lake. It is honestly a hidden gem that a lot of people don’t know about. Here are just a few of the wineries that we visited. If you are in the area, I would recommend stopping by. They have beautiful views, good wines and the sunsets can’t be beat!
Kosicek – one of the newer wineries in the region, they excel in customer service. The wines are really solid and the outdoor deck is really nice!
Hundley – this was probably my favorite overall winery of the trip. The vibe was awesome, the wines were good, and the peacefulness sitting by the pond was amazing. The bluegrass music they were playing reminded me of my Dad so it was pretty magical. So much so that we went there twice on our trip of 4 days!
Laurentia – this place will make you think you are in the Napa Valley. It is fancier than most of the wineries and has a full blown menu and a beautiful barrel room. The views again, are just outstanding. The wines were pretty solid as well.
M Cellars – this has become a favorite of mine in the area and this time I brought back a Meritage that all the grapes were GROWN IN OHIO…I was pretty impressed. Still not like a big California red but again, it shouldn’t be, right? This isn’t California! (Some wines available at Meza!)
South River – I had to go here simply for the atmosphere. It is in an old church and the views of the vineyards from the back covered area is wonderful. I felt like my Dad was right there with me, although he probably would have scolded me for drinking in a church!
Grand River – great outdoor patio and the service here is on point. Good pizzas, solid wines and just overall nice vibe.
Lakehouse Inn and Winery – we actually stayed at a cottage at the Lakehouse Inn and we had a wonderful experience. The wines are nothing amazing, but the views are the best in the area!
Laurello – consistently good wine, good service and a gorgeous back patio area complete with bocce courts!
Ferrante – this is a full service restaurant with a very solid menu and some of the best wines in the area. The Gruner Veltliner just happened to be available and if you get a chance to try it, you should. (Some wines available at Meza!)
If you are looking for a great getaway involving wine, water and sunsets that is close to home but far enough away, check out Geneva on the Lake!