Debonné Vineyards Madison, Ohio

The Debonné Vineyards in Madison, Ohio are open year round. 

Debonné Vineyards has been growing its own grapes for four generations making it a true ESTATE winery and the vintners who grow the grapes in NE Ohio, with more than 120 cultivated acres in the Grand River Valley. This classic “European” family winery produces nationally recognized premium wines with quality control that starts in the vineyard and ends in the bottle. Enjoy year round activities such as hot air balloon races, concerts, car shows, Sunday Jazz Fests and wine & food events among others. You can also find Debonné wines in stores and restaurants statewide.

Plan your most special events like weddings and parties at the winery and choose from a varied selection of rooms and atmospheres to host your event. Individual wine tastings are available anytime and bus tours or large groups are welcome by reservation only to better accommodate your visit; for groups of 25 or more different tasting packages are offered to suit your needs.

Debonne vineyards presents CELLAR RATS BREWERY, Ohio’s largest winery/brewery combination. This microbrew will feature the beer making process and guests will be able to sample selected brews in the new upstairs tasting room. A looking glass floor allows visitors to look down into the brewery to view the crew hard at work.

Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant Madison, Ohio

The Grand River Cellars  Winery & Restaurant Hours of Operation: Summer Hours (May-December) Wednesday & Thursday  Noon-8 p.m., Friday & Saturday  Noon-11 p.m., Sunday 1-8 p.m. Winter Hours (January-April) Wednesday Noon-6 p.m., Thursday  Noon-8 p.m., Friday & Saturday  Noon-11 p.m., Sunday 1-7 p.m. (Also open on Mondays and Tuesdays from Memorial Day through October).

Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant is located far off the main road, which presents a very exclusive setting.  The winery is nestled into the woods allowing for afternoon shade on the hot summer days and a tranquil setting during the winter months.

Inside you will be welcomed by a warm and inviting atmosphere that includes a beautiful fireplace, many hand painted murals, and a large bar area for friends to gather.   Wine tasting is always available and wines are easily selected in our carry out store.   A most gift shop includes fun and festive wine related items.

The winery is owned and operated by Cindy Lindberg, with seasoned partners including Tony Debevc owner of Debonne Vineyards and Tony Rego from Debonne Vineyards.

The private party room has hosted a variety of parties from wedding showers to family reunions to surprise parties.  This beautiful room can fit up to 50 guests and has views of the vineyards and fields and the outside patio.

The winery is landscaped with water features, beautiful seasonal flowers, and grapevines.  The outside patio hosts a variety of entertainers all summer long and smooth jazz on Sunday afternoons.

Our extensive menu features a variety of appetizers, grilled sandwiches and entrees including steaks, chicken, ribs, shrimp, and lobster.  The restaurant is always open when the winery is open.

Grand River Cellars prides itself in producing quality wines from grapes grown in the Grand River Valley Wine Region.   Its Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Pinot Grigio all benefit from the care taken in the vineyard to produce a quality Ohio wine.

John Christ Winery Avon Lake, Ohio

The John Christ Winery in Avon Lake, Ohio

John Christ Winery in Avon Lake:  This winery features tours, a tasting room and picnic area overlooking a golf course. There are acres of vineyards, a wine bar and hospitality room for hosting special events. It is named after a Macedonian who started it in 1946. For hours and information, visit the web site.

Klingshirn Winery Avon Lake, Ohio

The Klingshirn Winery in Avon Lake, Ohio

Klingshirn Winery in Avon Lake:  This winery was founded in 1935 by the Klingshirn family, is now operated by a third generation of Klingshirns. Back in 1935, due to the large grape surplus, Albert Klingshirn began producing wine commercially from the cellar of his home. Within five years, he was operating a small winery from the home. In 1955, his son, Allan, bought and expanded the operation. By 1978, it was four-times larger. Today, Alan’s son, Lee, serves as the winemaker. Lee has a degree in Viticulture and Ecology from Ohio State University.

Old Firehouse Winery Geneva-On-The-Lake

The Old Firehouse Winery at Geneva-On-The-Lake is open daily (closed only on Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas). Hours: May 1 to September:  Seven Days from Noon to Midnight.  October to December 31:  Sunday through Thursday Noon to 7PM, Friday and Saturday Noon to 11PM.  January to April, Friday & Saturday Noon to 11PM, Sunday through Thursday Noon to 7PM.

Old Firehouse Winery Geneva-On-The-Lake:  This quaint and enticing winery is located right in the heart of the Resort town of Geneva-on-the-Lake, situated in the Village’s first fire station. The name, Old Firehouse Winery, summarizes the atmosphere; an eclectic collection of fire paraphernalia and the fact that this was indeed the first Firehouse in Geneva-on-the-Lake. Besides its historic charm, much of the enjoyment in visiting the Old Firehouse is in its setting: the Lake Erie Shoreline.

The three partners in the Winery, Dave Otto, Joyce Otto, and Don Woodward never thought twice about their decision to start a new winery in Northeast Ohio, an area long known for outstanding wines and home to over a half-dozen wineries.

“The area’s reputation for fine wines, singular grapes, and the extraordinary wineries is precisely why we chose Northeast Ohio,” stated Dave Otto, managing partner.  “Without quality grapes readily available, you are not going to have a quality wine.”

But why The Old Firehouse Winery?  “You can thank my partner Don Woodward for that”, answered Dave.

A third generation volunteer firefighter, Don is now retired as a firefighter and EMT with the Geneva-on-the-Lake Fire Department and was the Assistant Fire Chief for a number of years.  His grandfather was one of the original seven firemen who started the Fire Department in 1924.

“It really is an engaging story as to how this came to be the first firehouse,” explains Woodward, one of the partners in the Winery. “After fruitlessly battling blazes with a “bucket brigade,” several local businessmen chipped in and ordered a 1924 Graham Brothers firetruck. They now had a truck on the way, and had two immediate issues to address: a place to put the truck and who was going to be fire chief.  Emery Tyler offered the use of his barn.  Everyone was so grateful they promptly made him chief,” Don continued.

“So in 1987, Dave, his mom Joyce, and myself looked at an old run down barn and a rusting, 1924 Graham Brothers firetruck, and decided we had our Winery.”  The firetruck still silently stands guard at the front of the Firehouse.

During the Summer months, the large, meandering patio and gazebo overlooking Lake Erie features a full service menu with dishes ranging from sandwiches to ethnic foods, to Barbecue chicken and ribs.  Old Firehouse is known not only for its fine food; almost of the eighteen wines have at one time won medals in statewide competition.  Nightly entertainment is featured seven nights throughout the summer.

Lake Erie wines, such as Raspberry Reflections, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, White Catawba, Pink Catawba, Grape Jamboree, Merlot, Sweet Concord, Firehouse Red, Lighthouse Niagara, Reflections of Lake Erie, Chambourcin and Port are made right on premises. Two different fruit wines are also featured, such as Spiced Apple and Peach.   Prices range from $7.99 a bottle to $12.95 for the Premium “Firehouse Cellars” brand and $25.00 for our Port & $35.00 for our Ice Wine.  Special events, nightly Summer Entertainment and its location in a marvelous Resort town have made this a popular Northeast Ohio attraction.

Special events are featured throughout the year.  The most popular events include the Lake Erie Wine Fest in June, Firemen’s Roundup in June, the Celtic Feis in August, the two day Clam Bake and Food Extravaganza in September and the three day Christmas Party in December.  Call for dates and details.  Free tours are offered for groups of 20 or more, reservations are appreciated.

One of the major attractions in this region is the Lake Erie resort Village itself, a rare melange of shops, nightclubs, public parks, lake front cottages and amusements.

Viking Vineyards & Winery Kent, Ohio

viking-vineyeard-wineryThe Viking  Vineyards & Winery in Kent, Ohio is open all year (see website for seasonal hours and events)

Viking Vineyards & Winery is the home of hand-crafted, award winning, wines, from dry to dessert style.  There is an indoor tasting room, as well as indoor and outdoor seating, and a Hospitality Room that is available to rent for any social occasion.  Check the website often for a listing of the many events that take place all year.

Vino Veritas Winery, Wine Bar, Cafe & Lounge Cleveland’s Little Italy

vino-veritas-little-italyThe Vino Veritas Winery, Wine Bar, Cafe & Lounge in Cleveland’s Little Italy is open Tuesday – Friday 4 pm to close, Saturday 12 pm to close, and Sunday 11 pm to 5 pm for brunch.

Vino Veritas Winery, Wine Bar, Cafe & Lounge in Cleveland’s Little Italy:  Vino Veritas is a new concept in wine bars – serving a selection of house-made and imported wines, along with gourmet cheese boards, tasty small plates and Italian fare. Come enjoy live music 5 nights a week, visit our cellars, and sample from a selection of over 100 wines.

Vino Veritas wines are produced locally with grapes from California and Italy, and the winery will soon be opening its cellars to the public to allow guests to make their own wine. Reservations and private parties are available. See our website for menus, entertainment and more!

Virant Family Winery Geneva, Ohio

The Virant Family Winery in Geneva, Ohio

Virant Family Winery in Geneva:  Situated in the vineyards of the Grand River valley, Virant Family Winery offers 14 great wines, a warm, relaxing atmosphere, good food, and the feeling of being with family.  Steak, rib, and chicken dinners along with musical entertainment is offered on Saturday nights.  Virant Family Winery, where you’re treated like family!  Call us or visit our website for more information.

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