Ohio boasts of a number of attractions. The most prominent are its Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the historic Ohio and Seneca caverns, Amish country, its historic parks and homes of US presidents and famous inventors like Edison. Then there are its safaris, museums, Indian burial grounds, castles, tree houses, and the “world’s largest” things such as baskets, pumpkins, and washboards. That’s not all, though.
Ohio is also well-known for its charming wine trails. The state has over six wine trails, and today, we will explore the Capital City Wine Trail, which has something for every wine lover.
Some wineries offer the entire winemaking experience besides their tours and tastings. At every winery you visit, you will be welcomed by friendly folk who are excited about their vineyards and eager to introduce you to their specialty wines. Don’t be surprised to find some winemakers inviting you over to their place to enjoy their wines with local cheese. So bring out your VinGardeValise® and get ready to bring some fantastic wines home. How about some wine bottles customized with your own label, name and photo? Wouldn’t that be lovely?
Let’s now head to the heart of Ohio and visit those wineries!
Brandeberry Winery, with its vineyards, is a family–owned boutique winery in Clark County, just three miles north of Downtown Yellow Springs, amid picturesque surroundings. It is spread across ten acres, near John Bryan State Park, Clifton Gorge and Glen Helen Nature Preserve. The winery currently produces Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Vidal, Cayuga, Seyval, Cherry, and Blackberry. This winery takes pride in producing handmade wines in small batches. The winemaker and vineyard manager, who is an engineer and retired professor of engineering with a long history of making award winning amateur wine, is passionate about his winery and enjoys discussing the process, the harvesting, winemaking and wine tasting.
According to their website:
“If you want to learn more about the roles of the Sun, God and the Winemaker in making quality wine, come to the winery and talk to the Lil’ Olde Winemaker.”
Enjoy a chat with the owner as you look around the winery and pick some of their handcrafted wines for your VinGardeValise® !
- Wine club membership
- Live music and events
- Takes wine orders
- Wine baskets available
- Gift baskets
- Wine slushy
- Venue for private parties and meetings
- Wine tasting; with six or more tastings, complimentary wine glass
- Cheese plates and appetizers are available in the tasting room
- Dining options
- Wine sold by the glass or bottle only
5118 W Jackson Rd.
Enon, Ohio 45323
Eldchrist Winery is located just minutes from Dublin in Plain City, Ohio. Christopher Eldredge established the winery with his wife in 2006, in a renovated farmhouse originally built in 1863, naming it Eldchrist, to rhyme with “Held, Kissed.” The wines are crafted in the wine barn, including grape-crushing, pressing, and bottling. The winery’s signature wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, with flavors of spicy plum, and sweet vanilla with a sour cherry finish. They also make American Chardonnay, with a house red and house white. Today, with six grape varieties, Eldchrist produces eighteen different wines featuring higher acidity, more fruit flavors, and lower tannins, with the selection ranging from sweet whites, a rosé, and dry reds. Besides Ohio grapes, the winery makes premium reserve wines from California grapes.
According to their website,
“Eldchrist Winery is committed to providing a full winery experience for the people of Union and Madison Counties in Ohio. Our first acre of grape vines includes 6 strategically selected grape varieties.”
Enjoy a walking tour around the vineyard. Taste their wines and buy the ones you like from the six varieties of grapes.
- Ladies night
- Tasting room
- Meeting and conference facilities
- Winery tours and wine tasting
- Wine available by the bottle and by the glass in their tasting room
- Tasting menu includes a sampling of 5 wines and a souvenir wineglass
8189 State Route 736
Plain City, Ohio 43064
Hidden Lakes Winery
Hidden Lakes Winery was established in 2009 by the Pfeifer family. It is located about twelve miles from downtown Columbus, off State Route 33 and Gender Road in the heart of Canal Winchester, Ohio, on a six acre lakefront property. While the winery is managed by Damon A Pfeifer, a fifth-generation winemaker, who inherited the art of winemaking from his ancestors, the Mid-Ohio Historical Doll and Toy Museum, located next door, is owned and managed by his mother, Henrietta. Wine is made from hand-picked, freshly pressed grape juice from vineyards in Ohio and California. The wines are fermented in stainless steel drums in the winery, and aged on the Winchester Pike property.
Experience award-winning wines at the Hidden Lakes Winery on their patio, or by the fireplace inside, if it is a cold day. Shop for your favorite wines and wine-related products.
- Catering and event services
- Wine-related products
- Casual dining
- Special events
- Party planning
- Menu of original dishes
- Ladies night
- Mid-Ohio Historical Doll and Toy Museum
Hidden Lakes Winery
650 Winchester Pike
Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
Wyandotte Winery is the first and oldest winery in Central Ohio, producing dry–to–sweet wines. Established in 1977 by the Coolidge family, it is located close to the Easton Town Center in Columbus. Besides making quality wines, the winery hosts multi-course meals paired with their wines. Their gourmet wine cakes are baked with their wine, or with their wine glazing. You can buy them at the winery or online. Another specialty of the winery is its unique custom labels printed with names, dates, photos, and personal messages.
Robin Coolidge, Wyandotte Winery’s Winemaker, has one rule for wine.
“Drink what you like! From red wines to white wines, sweet wines to dry wines, traditional grape wines to fruit wines, Wyandotte has something for every taste. We believe that the best wine is the one you like to drink the most! But we can also help you try some wines that might be outside your comfort zone. You never know, you might find you enjoy a wine style that you never thought you would!”
Learn about winemaking, enjoy the winery’s specialty wines and wine cakes, and bring back bottles of wine labeled with your own photo and message in your VGV®!
- Wine tasting with small plate food items
- Tasting room hired for private parties and corporate events
- Wine shop
- Online wine store
- Wine club membership
- Gourmet wine cakes
- Custom labels
- Live local music
- Free winery tours on Saturdays
- Weekly events, BBQs, Murder Mystery dinners, and more
Wyandotte Winery LLC
4640 Wyandotte Dr.
Columbus, Ohio 43230
Established in 2007 by the Morrisons, Buckeye Winery is located in downtown Newark, Ohio. The winery ferments and bottles over fifty different wines. All its wines are produced in–house from premium juices sourced from the top grape growing regions across the world. Visitors can buy wine by the glass, bottle, or case, or even make their own custom batch of wine with custom labels. Wine tasting is a fun affair with a number of wine varieties ranging from red wines and white wines to blush wines, sweet wines, sparkling wines, dessert wines and specialty wines.
According to their website,
“Whether you choose to stop in for tastings, a glass, a bottle, or to come in and make your own batch….Be sure to come and enjoy the Buckeye Winery Experience!”
Don’t forget to make your custom batch of wine with your name printed on the label–your VGV® will love it, and so will you!
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- Special food menu
- Wine tasting by the glass or bottle
- Custom wine and label–making
- Party hosting
- Entertainment and special events
- Gift items and gift certificates
- Wholesale wine sales
- Slushy machine rentals
- Experience winemaking
25 N 3rd St.
Newark, Ohio 43055
You are probably thinking that Ohio is not as popular as some of the bigger wine–producing states in the United States; however, rest assured of a delightful experience as you explore the wineries here and enjoy their warm hospitality. Savor the specialty wine and food and the local sights. Fill your VinGardeValise® with custom-made wine and memories. There is much history to explore and appreciate. If you are planning your trip around 5 or 6 August this year, do not miss the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival.