Places to Sit and Sip

There are more than 250 wineries in Ohio—all within a day’s drive. Here are a few close to home that stand out for their wines, their vibe, or both.
South River Vineyards, 6062 South River Rd., Harpersfield. This unique winery boasts a tasting room built within an old Episcopal church and breathtaking vineyard views from an elevated veranda. Bring in in your own picnic and try their new Malbec.
Laurentia Winery, 4599 South Madison Rd., Madison. This grand winery, reminiscent of Napa, is built for all-season sipping. Enjoy a glass of the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon in front of the cozy stone fireplace this winter. Don’t skip a taste of the 2014 Beton Chardonnay, aged in concrete vats with a soft, clean finish. You’ll never miss the oak.

LakeHouse Inn and Winery, 5653 Lake Road, Geneva-on–the-Lake. Raise a glass to Lake Erie sunsets on one of the best lakefront patios around. Stay overnight night at the inn and dine at Crosswinds Grille, the farm-to-table restaurant. The Apple Cider White is perfect for fall and pairs well with house-made charcuterie.
CLE Urban Winery, 2180 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights. Live music, tango lessons, and yoga are just a few of the social activities you’ll find in this vibrant, social spot. The wines, made from California juices, have clever Cleveland-centric names like Rust Belt Rose or Cedar-Lee Chardonnay. Try the Lake Effect Snow Vidal Ice Wine.

Sarah’s Vineyard, 1204 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls. Find tranquility at this winery in the Cuyahoga Valley, a stone’s throw from Blossom Music Center. Unwind in a rustic tasting room, or outside on a sunlit deck. Live music and wood fired pizzas are a perfect accompaniment to their Cuyahoga Valley Reserve Zinfandel.
Paper Moon Vineyards, 2008 State Rd., Vermilion. A short drive from the downtown and harbor areas of this quaint town, there’s live music, a fire pit, and plenty of picnic tables. Toast our Great Lake with a glass of Sailor’s Red.
— Lisa Sands