Since 1946, John Christ Winery has been a destination for locals and tourists alike, who stroll across the verdant property and sip samples of the many wines made onsite. John Christ Winery continues to welcome visitors to the rustic tasting room decorated with Americana memorabilia and plenty of windows to let in natural light. Taking a seat at a table or sidling up to the bar, visitors can sip samples of the red, white, and perpetually embarrassed blush varietals.
Founded by dedicated hobbyists with a love for visiting wineries around the country, Good Vibes Winery brings the vineyard experience into uptown Westerville, operating an urban space dedicated to recreating the laid-back tastings usually found outside the city limits in conventional wine regions. Within a building on the historic Robinson Block, the spacious and comfortable tasting room greets guests with music and exposed brick and wood accents, helping visitors feel relaxed. From high tables or a welcoming bar and at their own leisure, guests can sample a selection of more than 20 small-batch vintages, each of which pairs readily with available cheese plates. To further enrich the experience, carefully chosen music helps groups wind down during a visit, and all of the wines are named after the owners' favorite classic hits. Clients can even charter the winery to produce wines of their own design that also bear custom labels.
A collection of wines ranging from dry to sweet fill bottles at D&D Smith Winery, alongside other eclectic beverages. Visitors to the cozy tasting room can savor fermented teas, raspberry wine, or the winery's first estate wine, the light, peachy Frontenac Gris. The winery also hosts comedy shows, live music, and other events in addition to serving up appetizers and other snacks that complement its offerings.
Hannah and Gord Mitchell purchased their 52-acre farm more than 40 years ago, dreaming of slowly transforming the property into a winery. But their careers took them away from their homestead for a while, so it wasn't until 1991 that they first successfully established vines on their land. Yet when they did, the soil and plants got on well and the Mitchells soon found themselves with 35 acres of noble grape varieties, including chardonnay, pinot noir, and cabernet sauvignon. Both their fruit and budget ripened, and in 2003 they finally began to build their own wine-making facilities. At the top of the list? A barrel-aging cellar and a 6,700-square-foot event patio.
Today, the winery holds regular property tours and tastings for visitors who want to try Sprucewood's wines. Situated along the shores of Lake Erie, the grounds also make a stunning venue for weddings and more casual picnics on the shore, many of which are regularly hosted by the Mitchells themselves.
Specializing in bottles from small-production boutique wineries, The Olde Wine Cellar quenches sip-seeking palates with a large selection of whites, reds, rosés, and more. Wine tastings, held 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, change themes every week to give sippers a big gulp of fermented knowledge. Learn about refreshing wines to drink during hot summer months with the summer reds tasting, or attend a blind tasting session, in which visual deprivation removes prejudices against the wine's color, origin, or sudden appearance on your shirt. Each tasting furnishes imbibers with six samples complemented by plates of cheese and crackers to cleanse the palate between swigs.
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