Discover the Best & Most Beautiful Wineries in Ohio
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Most people don’t realize the state ranks 9th in the nation for wineries. Ohio’s temperate climate and rich soil makes it a hotspot for vineyards and they intend to maintain the growth - of both the grapes and the industry.
Whether or not you live in Ohio, you definitely need to take a couple road trips and visit their top 10 wineries and vineyards.
Even if you’re not a wine connoisseur, you’ll surely be able to appreciate the breathtaking estates and hard work put into creating each bottle.
1. Winery at Versailles - Versailles
Since 2002, the Winery at Versailles has been striving to “have fun” with what they do - and that’s providing quality wine to neophytes and connoisseurs alike. They host special events frequently throughout the year which include dinners and pairings, or you can simply stop by for a relaxing afternoon/evening. Order a gourmet pizza and a glass and enjoy!
6572 OH-47, Versailles, OH 45380
Open 10am - 6pm
Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars
★★★★★ “Very nice place to visit. Great atmosphere. A wonderful selection of wine. Whatever you desire in a wine they have it. The staff and service is the best you can find anywhere.”
★★★★★ “We had never done a wine tasting. Lexy explained the wines and made it simple for us! We had a great experience overall and will be back for sure!”
★★★★ “Very nice establishment with a lot of awards for their wines prominently displayed. Good food. Excellent wine!. Lots of parking.”
2. Gervasi Winery - Canton
Gervasi Winery is a top rated distillery AND hotel. That’s right, you can stay there for a week or however long it takes for you to try all of their 15 varieties of wine. Guests have the option of reserving a luxurious yet cozy individual suite or an entire villa….or even a farmhouse! In between wine tastings, you can visit their on-site spa, participate in a yoga session, or play some golf.
1700 55th St NE, Canton, OH 44721
Winery open 5pm - 9pm; closed Mondays
Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
★★★★★ “My pizza was delicious and the fancy wine was one word "YUM" The scenery was breathtaking as the wildlife frolicked about the grounds. Parking was very convenient, and as I drove out of the tree lined drive, I looked back, and my waitress blew me a kiss. Fabulous...I shall return!”
★★★★★ “Get a glass of barolo and the file or short ribs. If you love seafood, the sea bass is incredible. Prices are very fair for level of quality and presentation.”
★★★★★ “What a beautiful place for a wedding. Stayed in the Villas for two nights, and those were beautiful as well w/comfortable beds and great common areas in the villas.”
3. Ferrante Ristorante and Winery - Geneva
The Ferrante Ristorante and Winery is one of Ohio’s largest family-owned wineries. It’s located right along the southern shores of Lake Erie. Along with first-rate views, the establishment also provides award winning wines, Italian food, and hospitality. Their Chardonnay Reserve GRV has won gold at a few International and in-state competitions.
5585 OH-307, Geneva, OH 44041
Open 10am - 8pm
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
★★★★★ “Loved it! I had the dessert sweets wine sampler and every single one was amazing! My favorite was the raspberry and cranberry. Both were well balanced and not at all tart. Bread and cheese plate was also delicious! 10/10 would go back in a heartbeat.”
★★★★★ “Awesome! Great atmosphere, beautiful scenery and amazing food.”
★★★★ “Best local wines, but can be very difficult to get a table. They do not take reservations. Crowds are really good and the outdoor space is really nice.”
4. Put-In-Bay Winery - Put-In-Bay
Put-In-Bay Winery seeks to “enrich and transform” your palate. They take a simplistic and educational approach to providing quality wines to satisfy every individual. Situated on the water, directly across from Gibraltar Island, this estate is gorgeous and the perfect place to sit back and soak in the sights...and the taste of wine on your tongue.
392 Bayview Ave, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456
Open 12 - 5pm
Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 stars
★★★★★ “Very nice! Nice little selection of wines. All the wines we tried were good. Nice presentation as well. Peaceful setting overlooking the bay.”
★★★★★ “Outstanding wines, great atmosphere,very responsive staff....loves the Celebration wine ❤”
★★★★★ “The staff great and the pizza was yummy. Highly recommend visiting the Doller house while on Put In Bay.”
5. Debonne Vineyards - Madison
Debonne Vineyards is THE largest estate winery in Ohio with over 175 acres of vines. Their expansive grounds include a Tasting Room, indoor and outdoor seating, an outdoor stage/dance floor for live entertainment, and an enclosed Pavilion for private/special events. You won’t want to miss out on their special events, which include an annual Hot Air Balloon Festival and Ice Wine Festival. They have nearly 40 wines, so you’d better get tasting!
7840 Doty Rd, Madison, OH 44057
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
★★★★★ “Such a great place, especially in mid-summer. Funnest atmosphere of all area wineries. Wine is 4 out of 5. Atmosphere is a 6 out of 5.”
★★★★★ “Debonne has live music, decent wines, decent custom brews, in a very cozy atmosphere. The food is very average but with all the other positives, who cares. Ample parking. Friendly staff. Love it.”
★★★★★ “Great place. It's beautiful inside and out, with great beer and wine. Had the bleu bother, it was wonderful!”
6. Wyandotte Winery - Columbus
Quiet but friendly, Wyandotte Winery is a favorite of many. The winery is the oldest in Central Ohio, and the grounds look like they popped out of the pages of a fairytale storybook. Wyandotte features handcrafted, small batch wines made right on the premises. If you find yourself loving the wine like we think you will, you can become a member of their Wine Club! It’s free to join and ships bottles to you 4 times a year, along with providing access to a number of other advantages involving discounted prices. ;)
4640 Wyandotte Dr, Columbus, OH 43230
Open 1-7pm; closed Sunday and Monday
Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
★★★★★ “Hands down one of my favorite places in Columbus. Robin and Valerie (the owners) are super knowledgeable and so so so kind. They really do a great job of welcoming you into the winery and explaining everything to you. Make sure to check out their happy hour on Wednesdays and their live music on Fridays!”
★★★★★ “I am not a huge wine drinker. However, I loved the tour. I learned so much about wine, how it's made, what to buy, when to drink it, types of grapes, equipment needed, etc. It was quite an education and quite entertaining.”
★★★★★ “Hidden gem. Wonderful experience. Great, comfortable and cozy feel.”
7. Lakehouse Inn and Winery - Geneva
The Lakehouse Inn and Winery is a boutique resort situated along the southern shore of Lake Erie. The 8 room bed and breakfast, cottages, and winery are so charming, you’ll probably never want to leave. Plus, there is so much to do on the grounds and in the area! Sample locally sourced farm-to-table cuisine at the Crosswinds Grille, visit their spa, or walk to “The Strip.” We think watching the sunset with a glass of Red Sky sounds like a must.
5653 Lake Rd E, Geneva-On-The-Lake, OH 44041
Check availability online
Average Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 3 star hotel
★★★★★ “Great views, good food, great wine, amazing massage, fantastic stuff! If you need a peaceful getaway this is the place to go. It was so peaceful sitting out on the terrace watching the boats on the lake.”
★★★★★ “One of the prettiest places on Lake Erie. Friendly staff that went above and beyond. Looking forward to going back with my husband and checking out the spa. This was a business trip but plan the next trip to be personal.”
★★★★★ “Loved the wine and food, the views/sunsets, as well as the over-all property. Rooms with jacuzzi tubs is definitely a romantic touch. The staff were all so friendly and helpful, they thought of every little detail.”
8. Laurentia Winery - Madison
Laurentia Winery is located in a truly exquisite setting. You have to drive on a winding road through an abundance of trees to reach this gem. The winery features cabin-style architecture, scenic views, and a tasting room serving gourmet cheeses and meats. All wines are dry and intended to pair beautifully with the foods.
4599 S Madison Rd, Madison, OH 44057
Open 12pm - 8pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars
★★★★★ “By far the nicest winery in the region. Tastefully done interior with beautiful outdoor surroundings. Our favorite winery.”
★★★★ “Roughly 7-12 wine selections, semi dry to semi sweet. Beautiful patio and outdoor seating for the warmer seasons. Wine is a little pricey. Nice log cabin setting indoors for a relaxed afternoon. Didn't try the food but smaller selection of appetizers. No flights, individual tasting at $2 each from wine glass, so good amount for the price. Beautiful drive through the trees to get to the log cabin, which overlooks a pond, the vineyard, and a surrounding tree line. Gorgeous view in the fall.”
★★★★★ “It was very quiet and romantic. It had great atmosphere, servers, and wine of course.”
9. ThornCreek Winery - Aurora
ThornCreek is a unique gathering place. Its gorgeous gardens are packed full of flowers and trees. Inside, their tasting room and wine cellar are decorated with rich wood, warm lights, and stone fireplaces. It’s a bit of a surprise for people who haven’t experienced its beauty before, but word is spreading fast! People are traveling from all over to see the award-winning gardens and taste the award-winning wines. Try the Aurora Cream White!
155 Treat Rd, Aurora, OH 44202
Open 12pm - 11pm or 4pm - 9pm; closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
★★★★★ “A lovely, cozy upscale winery with a nice portfolio of wine. The Aurora Red wine, local cheeseboard and tuna are all recommended. The service was friendly and efficient. The surrounding outdoor area is landscaped by their own professional crew. Simply stunning! Will be returning.”
★★★★★ “ThornCreek Winery is a great venue for a dinner or for a huge event like a wedding or a party. The staff is super helpful and the menu is great.”
★★★★★ “Lots of fun outside. Had a great time! Pet friendly patio!”
10. Raven’s Glenn Winery - West Lafayette
Experience “Ohio’s Crown Jewel of Wineries”... Raven’s Glenn! Walk through the Tuscan style estate and sample all of their award winning wines via a private group tour or a solo visit. Attire is always casual here. They want you to feel comfortable and enjoy their tradition of producing good wine and good food.
56183 Co Rd 143, West Lafayette, OH 43845
Open 11am - 8pm
Average rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
★★★★★ “Love coming here. $5 flights allow taking home complete categories of red, white, and sweet wines and take home the glass you were using.. It's a good time.”
★★★★★ “Stopped for a tasting and lunch. Both were superb! I recommend the R2 and the White October wines which I believe are made from grapes grown at Ravens Glen. Dining outside by the river was a wonderful experience, and the shrimp carbonara was delicious.”
★★★★ “Wonderful food and picturesque setting. Very friendly staff in the tasting area and restaurant. The food was reasonably priced. The only thing keeping it from a 5 star was that some of the wines were pretty pricey even though there were a few good ones.”
If you’ve ever been to any of these wineries, let us know in the comments which is the best place to go! Happy tasting!