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.
Old Firehouse Winery ferments more than 20 full-flavored vinos along the glistening shores of Lake Erie. Diners can admire the dining room with its shelves of glossy wine bottles to the gently lapping lake. Visitors can opt to purchase sweet and dry wine tastings ($1 for two tasting trays), which each include 10 samples of single-grape and blended varietals. After sampling the full range of sweet and juicy concords to dry and full-bodied chambourcins, duos can imagine how each exquisite vintage would look inside their souvenir wine glasses and how advantageous the imprinted corkscrews would be during a close-range jousting match. In the warmer months, patrons can swill, sniff, and sip from a romantic lakeside overlook on the outdoor tasting patio and supplement the winery outing with a ride on a historic ferris wheel.
For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Ferrante Winery and Ristorante creates a warm atmosphere perfect for two.
Ferrante Winery and Ristorante will keep those with dietary needs happy with a menu filled with gluten-free and low-fat items.
Beer, wine, and more are also available from Ferrante Winery and Ristorante's extensive drink list.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Ferrante Winery and Ristorante can seat both large and small groups.
For comfortable outdoor service, Ferrante Winery and Ristorante sets up a seasonal patio.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
No need to be formal, business casual will pass.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
At Ferrante Winery and Ristorante, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card.
Matt Meineke was at an impasse. After crafting many batches of wine in his own home, Matt was running low on ways to improve the product's quality, save for one: growing the fruit himself. He and his family eventually settled on a 12.6-acre lot that was already planted with Niagara grapes. But that was barely the end of his trials. The old vines would need to be removed, the land would need to be adjusted for pH and nutrients, and the entire plot would need to be left fallow for a whole year. It would be 2011 before the first batch of wine could be bottled.
But it was worth the wait. That lovingly nurtured wine now fills the racks inside M Cellars' rustic tasting room, waiting to sigh "about time" with each popped cork. Shoes clapping on the hardwood, visitors can swirl pours of Matt's pinot noir, cabernet, and riesling into their glasses, furthering their enjoyment by snapping up bottles to take home or by expanding their wine knowledge with friends in one of the shop's Wine 101 classes.
For spaghetti and meatballs that tug at the heartstrings, Fratello's creates a warm atmosphere perfect for two.
Fratello's is one of the rare restaurants that serve both healthy and gluten-free menu options.
Fratello's guests can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
Fratello's puts the happy in happy hour.
Dress up for your night on the town so you can feel great while you eat great.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the visitors at your next shindig.
Free parking is readily available for hungry diners at Fratello's.
Customers should be prepared to spend around $30, but more importantly, they should be prepared to enjoy a great meal.
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.