Greg and I REALLY love visiting wineries and have been to well over 70! Visiting wineries and vineyards is something Greg and I had never done prior to meeting each other. Around a year into our relationship, we randomly decided to spend a weekend in Connecticut. It wasn’t that far from home, but it was affordable and it was just far enough to feel like a little vacation. We visited our first winery ever that weekend, Gouveia Vineyards and became obsessed with trying different wines. From that point on, any new place we went to, we made it a point to check out some of the local wineries.
So many people think wineries only exist, or rather, only good wineries exist in California, Upstate NY, Oregon, etc. It’s so incredibly far from the truth. We’re not wine snobs or connoisseurs by any means, but we kind of know what we’re talking about! We’ve had A LOT of great wine.
Anyway, getting back to the point of this post..
Instead of going out to dinner on Valentine’s day, Greg and I decided we would take a drive and a couple of places to our list of Ohio Wineries visited. It’s only about a two-hour drive from Columbus and I can honestly say it’s worth the trip. We visited about 8 wineries in two days. (I’ll list/link them out at the end of this post).
Side bar: We actually ended up participating in live band karaoke on the night of valentine’s day and it made me love my husband more than I already do (if that’s even possible). Greg never seizes to amaze me. He’s always pushing me to get out of my comfort zone and sing in front of people. You’d think by now I wouldn’t get nervous or care what anyone thinks but even after years of singing (and knowing I’m actually kind of good at it) I get nervous and worry that people are judging me or that I don’t sound as good as I do when I perform in my kitchen (lol). I’ve only ever seen Greg nervous about two times in our relationship. Once when he convinced me to climb this rope obstacle course at the Palisades Mall in New York and once before a job interview. Live band karaoke made Greg as nervous as climbing a three story rope coarse (that’s very high on the Greg-nervous scale). It was one of the best nights we’ve had in Columbus and one of those nights that made me realize that even though I may not love where we live, I love that I’m living here with him.
Now on to the list. We visited:
An urban winery located in downtown Massillon, OH. The winemaker was very nice and the wine was good. The town was very quaint and one of those places we probably wouldn’t have ever gotten to see if it weren’t for the winery.
They had live music that drew in a pretty large crowd, the wine was good (we both found something we really liked) and they had brick oven pizza.
I really loved this one. The owner was really sweet and gave us some recommendations for other wineries to visit. The chocolate raspberry desert wine here is to DIE FOR.
This is a showstopper and VERY different from other wineries we’ve been to. It’s a beautiful place with a crush house (restaurant-like feel), a fine dining restaurant, and a still house (it’s modeled after an old Italian church). There are also villas on the property so you could make a whole weekend out of it.
P.S. if you visit Troutman Vineyards and you like Semi-Dry white wine, try the Traminette! It’s a good one.
Feel free to leave a comment if you’re interested in any of these wineries or are looking for recommendations!
With love & gratitude,