It’s Wine O’Clock In Cleveland
Tilt. Roll. Swirl. Swish. Repeat. Tilt. Roll. Swirl. Swish. Repeat
And you can keep repeating and repeating because the Cleveland area is home to over 50 wineries that exist along three geographic wine trails.
So, you can make a number of wine-focused daytrips that take you to:
1. The Vines & Wines Trail (east of Cleveland)
2. The Lake Erie Shores & Islands Trail (west of Cleveland)
3. The Canal Country Trail (south of Cleveland)
Thanks to our buds at the Ohio Wine Producers Association, you can map out your daytrip, learn about winery events and get a good feel for what to expect.
Or, check out some of our favorite wineries here. These guys offer everything from European varietals to local favorites grown by farmers right here in Northeast Ohio.
Some of you just aren't up for doing the driving. We totally get that. Consider a wine tour on a shuttle - so you can keep your focus on tasting.
Take a tour with the experts on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Wine Tours of Cleveland. These trips include transportation, stops at three wineries and some munchies along the way.
If you've got a group interested in touring a number of wineries, contact Discover My Cleveland offering all the planning and logistics behind a specialty trip.
What's even better than a wine tour with your very own designated driver? Making it an overnight experience.
Stay overnight in the bed & breakfast, three cottages or a beach house at this little slice of paradise on the shores of Lake Erie. The inn also boasts a restaurant, spa and, of course, a winery. (Vines & Wines Trail)
Located along the Lake Erie coastline sits a magnificent lodge with more than 100 hotel rooms, restaurant, outdoor dining, pool and more. Book a wine tour package to enjoy a tour of the Vines & Wines Trail aboard a shuttle. (Vines & Wines Trail)
Situated on two championship golf courses, this 172-room hotel in Painesville offers a winery package with transportation to/from Ferrante Winery & Ristorante. (Vines & Wines Trail)
Located in Sandusky, the resort is home to three restaurants, marina, shops, pools, beach and a nature preserve. On top of that, the hotel offers a wine tour package (including transportation) to two wineries. (Lake Erie Shores & Islands Trail)
Pinch yourself as you enter this North Canton vineyard, because you're suddenly immersed into the sights, sounds and tastes of Tuscany- matched against Gervasi's wines and vineyard. Stay overnight in one of six villas each comprised of four individual suites. (Canal Country Trail)
Some of us just want an atypical winery experience - unlike anything you can experience anywhere else. These offbeat wineries offer the unordinary.
Get the Spins
As the name implies, Old Firehouse Winery is located in an old firehouse - the village's first fire station to be exact. Lest we forget to mention the winery also overlooks Lake Erie and has its own ferris wheel! (Vines & Wines Trail)
Wine in Church. Amen.
South River Winery, housed in a gorgeous century-old church, serves up some pretty tasty wines with names like "Temptation," "Trinity," and "Creation." (Vines & Wines Trail)
Cue: Jimmy Buffet Tunes
Not much compares to the concept of drinking wine on an island. And, you've got just that at Heineman Winery located on the Lake Erie island village of Put-in-Bay. While there, tour Crystal Cave, the world's largest geode. (Lake Erie Shores & Islands Trail)
Some Greeno With Your Vino
A totally eco-friendly winery and vineyard means you'll be helping Mother Nature while enjoying the fruits of her bounty at Vermillion Valley Vineyards. (Lake Erie Shores & Islands Trail)
Post-Hike Glass of Vino
Sarah's Vineyard, which also houses an art gallery, is situated in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park. (Canal Country Trail)
Best. Class. Ever.
School House Winery is a one-room school house built in 1886 that today serves its occupants wines with catchy names like "Spring Break," "Book Worm" and "Class Clown." (Canal Country Trail)