Ohio has been one of the United States' top wine-producing regions since the 19th century, home to more than 280 lovely commercial wineries today. Five American Viticultural Areas are located within the state, including the Ohio River Valley, Loramie Creek, Grand River Valley, Isle St. George, and Lake Erie AVAs.
Visitors can plan trips around exploration of the state's six wine trails, which include the Columbus-era Capital City Trail and the Ohio River Valley Wine Trail, which stretches between the cities of Dayton and Cincinnati. At most wineries, guests can tastes delicious wines as part of wine tasting flights or enjoy light restaurant fare to complement purchased glasses or bottles.
1.A. R. Winery
© A. R. Winery
A. R. Winery was opened in 2015 by married duo Angie and Russell Rex and is known today for its high-quality fruit wines. The winery has won a number of regional wine awards for its highly drinkable varietals, including medals at the prestigious Indy International Wine Competition and Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Silky-smooth year-round varietals highlight fruits such as blueberry, strawberry, lime, cranberry, and apple, while seasonal variants range from harvest favorites such as pumpkin spice to holiday wines with peppermint flavor. Craft beers are also produced under the winery's Briar Brown Brewing label, available for purchase alongside wines at the winery's public tasting room. Wood-fired brick-oven pizzas are served up throughout the week, along with charcuterie platters and shareable appetizers.
3564 Gordon-Landis Rd, Arcanum, OH 45304, Phone: 937-417-0565
© Bardwell Winery
Bardwell Winery was originally established in 2008 by married duo Randy and Gayle Weddle, located in Mt. Orab's bustling downtown district. The company's handcrafted wines are created from the highest possible quality regionally-sourced and imported grapes, produced in varietals such as Moscato, Concord, Niagara, and Pinot Noir. Guests can enjoy wines alongside the company's craft beer styles at the winery's intimate tasting and dining room, which is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays at lunch and dinner. A full menu of comfort fare is also available, including handcrafted ravioli plates, steak hoagies, Philly cheesesteaks, and personal or shareable-sized homemade pizzas.
716 N High St, Mt Orab, OH 45154, Phone: 513-309-0781
3.Bokes Creek Winery
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Bokes Creek Winery has been owned and operated by married duo Diane and Michael Frasca, located approximately 45 minutes outside of Columbus in the charming town of Raymond. The winery focuses on smooth, flavorful fruit wines, which are grown on site at the company's onsite vineyard and orchard. Classic grape varietals include the company's award-winning Frontenac and Concord wines, while fruit types range from raspberry and blackberry blends to spice-infused wines in flavors such as apple cinnamon. Wine tastings, glasses, and bottles are available Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, along with growler fills of the company's hard apple wine and sangria. Live music performances are showcased Friday evenings, while open mic nights turn the stage to local amateur performers on Saturday nights.
26211 OH-31, Raymond, OH 43067, Phone: 937-358-2401
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Brandeberry Winery is a charming small-batch winery in Enon, located within convenient day trip distance from Dayton, Springfield, and Columbus near John Bryan State Park. The winery's vineyards, which are located atop 10 acres of glacial moraine terrain, produce estate Cayuga, Vidal, and Seyval grapes, showcased in excellent sweet and dry red and white varietals and blends. Fruit and spiced wines are also rotated seasonally, including blackberry, cranberry, and cherry wines. Tasting room guests can enjoy cheese and charcuterie platters and shareable appetizers alongside wines, including options such as delicious soft pretzel sticks and spinach artichoke dip. Wine slushies are served up on the weekends, available for enjoying during live music performances on Friday and Saturday evenings.
5118 W Jackson Rd, Enon, OH 45323, Phone: 937-767-9103
5.Caesar Creek Vineyards, LLC
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Caesar Creek Vineyards, LLC is one of Ohio's few wineries to produce its grapes onsite at estate vineyards. The winery, which was opened in 2013 by Walter Borda, crafts a variety of excellent red and white wines, including Frontenac, Marechal Foch, Cayuga White, and Traminette varietals that have been rated as Ohio Quality Wines by the Ohio State University. Award-winning wine varietals have received major medals at the Indy International Wine Competition and the Ohio Wine Competition. Guests can visit the company's industrial-style tasting room in Xenia and sample wine flights to discover favorites for purchase by the glass or by the bottle. Winery tours are available upon request, showcasing the company's winemaking operations.
962 Long Rd, Xenia, OH 45385, Phone: 937-952-9388
6.Fulton Grove Winery
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Fulton Grove Winery is a small-batch Cincinnati winery originally opened in 2015 by Bruce Murch and Brian St. Clair. The working winery specializes in handmade wines crafted with both locally-sourced grapes and grapes from California's top growing regions, including the esteemed Napa and Sonoma County regions. Wines available throughout the year include elegant classic red and white varietals such as Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Vidal, Syrah, and Merlot. Barrel-aged variants are also available, including annual barrel-aged Chardonnay varietals. Visitors can stop in at the company's tasting room Saturday afternoons for wine tastings and bottle and case sales.
3834 Fulton Grove Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45245
© Hafle Winery
Hafle Winery is Clark County's only wine bar and outlet, originally opened to the public in 2014 by married duo Theresa and Dan Hafle. While the family-operated company does not produce any of its own wines, guests can select from bottles or glasses of more than 40 wines from local and regional wineries, along with high-quality red and white imports from top national and international growing areas. Seating is offered at the company's full-service bar, full indoor dining room, or seasonal outdoor patio seating area. A full menu of 16-inch thin-crust specialty pizzas is served up throughout the day, along with classic Italian-style pastas such as fettuccine marinara and chicken alfredo. Daily specialty land and sea entrees are available at dinner, complemented by elegant sides such as red quinoa and steamed vegetables.
2369 Upper Valley Pike, Springfield, OH 45504, Phone: 937-399-1221
© Hanover Winery
Hanover Winery is Butler County's only winery, opened in 2009 by married duo Elizabeth and Eddie Scheffel. The delightful Hamilton winery has been voted as Butler County's best date night spot, conveniently located within day trip distance from Oxford. It produces a full lineup of red, white, blush, and fruit wines throughout the year, including classic varietals such as Marquette, Baco Noir, Vignoles, and Traminette. Fruit wines such as the company's Dammit Annie haskap berry wine have received major awards at competitions such as the Finger Lakes International Competition and the Ohio Wine Competition. Guests can taste their choice of seven of the company's wines at its lovely tasting room, which offers outdoor seating throughout the warmer months. Special events include live music performances and an annual summer Wine Festival each August.
2165 Morman Rd, Hamilton, OH 45013, Phone: 513-863-3119
9.Harmony Hill Vineyards
Harmony Hill Vineyards has been named as one of the United States' most dog-friendly wineries by American Winery Guide and has been acclaimed by international publications such as the Wall Street Journal as one of Ohio's top wineries. The Bethel winery, which is overseen by winemaker Bill Skvarla, is located on a gorgeous country estate set on 72 acres of certified wildlife refuge farmland and is home to one of the nation's only underground wine caves. Visitors can sample award-winning premium wines at the company's tasting bar, including excellent Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, and Vidal and Seyval Blanc varietals and fruit-forward dessert wines. Though food is not served on site, guests are welcome to bring their own food to enjoy outside at picnics in the company's vineyards.
2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Rd, Bethel, OH 45106, Phone: 513-734-3548
© Henke Winery
Henke Winery has been ranked as one of the nation's top 10 urban wineries in the United States by Food Republic and has been voted as Cincinnati's best wine shop by the readers of Cincy Magazine. The winery, which was established in 1996 by O.E. Henke, crafts a roster of 15 award-winning wines produced within the company's wine cellar, ranging from dry white and red varietals such as Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel wines to barrel-fermented sparkling wines and signature blush blends. A full menu of delicious land and sea fare is served up throughout the day alongside wines by the glass or by the bottle, including entrees such as veal scallopini, Mediterranean-style lamb chops, and seafood linguine.
077 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211, Phone: 513-662-9463
11.Meier's Wine Cellars, Inc.
Meier's Wine Cellars, Inc. is Silverton's premiere winery, originally founded in 1895 as the John C. Meier Grape Juice Company. The historic winery, which formerly operated out of what is now the Kenwood Towne Center, became Ohio's largest winery by the late 20th century and has been overseen by Paramount Distillers since 1976. More than 45 types of wine and grape juice are produced by the company today, including non-alcoholic sparkling grape juices. Guests can stop by the company's tasting room Tuesdays through Saturdays throughout the morning and afternoon hours and enjoy wine flights paired with cheese and cracker platters. A wine retail store also sells wine gift baskets, home winemaking supplies, and wine-related apparel and accessories.
6955 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236, Phone: 513-891-2900
12.Old Mason Winery and Vineyard
Old Mason Winery and Vineyard was opened to the public in 2013 by married duo Donna and Jeff Clark. The delightful winery produces award-winning dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and port wines throughout the year, focusing on classic American and international varietals such as LaCrescent, Cayuga White, Noiret, Frontenac, and Marquette wines. Raspberry, apple, mango, and blackberry wines also make great choices for dinner or dessert pairings. Tasting flights showcase five pours of the company's wines alongside appetizers such as cheeses, charcuteries, and crackers. On select Friday and Saturday evenings, guests can enjoy live music performances in the company's tasting room or sit outside with wines on the winery's covered patio.
4199 South Iddings Rd, West Milton, OH 45383, Phone: 937-698-1122
13.Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard and Winery
Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard and Winery is Preble County's first winery, housed within an historic restored turn-of-the-century one-room schoolhouse in Eaton. The winery, which is located within easy day trip distance of Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, was originally founded in 2016 by Mark Zdobinski and Jim Meeks. More than 20 varieties of red and white wine are sold throughout the year, focusing on classic varietals such as Corot Noir, Sangiovese, Malbec, and Seyval. An upscale tasting room offers tastings and tours throughout the week. Though no food is prepared on site, high-quality area food trucks are often parked on site and guests are welcome to bring their own food. Live music performances on the weekends highlight regional and national bands and musicians.
152 OH-726, Eaton, OH 45320, Phone: 937-472-9463
14.Plum Run Winery
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Plum Run Winery is Grove City's finest winery, opened in 2012 by Dave and Diane Crosby. The winery offers tastings of all of its delightful wines throughout the week at its intimate urban tasting room, including customizable wine flights. Delicious wines include locally-grown varietals such as Chardonnel, Meynieux, Cabernet Franc, and Ohio's unofficial favorite sweet wine, Niagara. Fruit wine and liquor varietals include raspberry, cranberry, and apple wines and English-style hard ciders. Since 2016, craft brews have been produced under the company's Grove City Brewing Company label. Guests can sample wines, brews, and ciders at the company's tasting room, which hosts special events such as live music performances, wine and painting events, and trivia nights.
3946 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123, Phone: 614-991-0338
15.Powell Village Winery
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Powell Village Winery was the vision of Powell residents Ken and Dana Waldron, opened to the public in 2012. The winery sources all of its grapes from California's top Central Valley and Coast regions, producing more than 20 varietals of bold, refreshing classic wines. Full-bodied red and white varietals include classics such as Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Merlot, and Syrah, complemented by a selection of fruit-forward wines, including a unique ice wine with rhubarb, strawberry, and honey notes. Winery guests can enjoy glasses or purchased bottles with an excellent selection of small plates in the winery's tasting room, ranging from cheese and hummus plates to signature flatbreads with toppings such as kalamata olives and buffalo chicken. Live music performances throughout the week showcase the talents of emerging regional artists.
50 Liberty St, Powell, OH 43065, Phone: 614-505-7465
16.Rockside Winery and Vineyards
© Rockside Winery and Vineyards
Rockside Winery and Vineyards is the latest winemaking venture from Valerie and Robin Coolidge, the former owners of acclaimed Ohio winery Wyandotte Winery. The couple purchased the winery space in Lancaster in 2014 in order to expand Wyandotte's landlocked operations and include vineyard space. Today, the winery produces classic varietals that can thrive in Ohio's challenging climate, including Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Corot Noir, and Niagara grapes. Visitors can taste wines Tuesdays through Sundays at the company's scenic tasting room, which overlooks the beautiful hill landscape of Fairfield County. Local craft beers and whiskeys are also served, along with a small selection of appetizers and pizzas prepared by Fired Up Pizza. Live local music performances are presented each Saturday night, while tours are available on Saturday afternoons with reservations.
2363 Lancaster-Newark Rd NE, Lancaster, OH 43130, Phone: 740-687-4414
© Signature Wines
Signature Wines was founded by Kelly Harvey in 2004 as Ohio's first female-owned winery. The award-winning microwinery is located in Columbus' eastern end and has expanded its 3,600-square-foot space to include and industrial-chic tasting room and tavern. A Founder's Series of wines highlights traditional varietals such as Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel, while a Second Generation Series focuses on blush, dessert, and fruit wines with unique flavors such as passion fruit and blackcurrant. All wines are bottled in house and produced with the finest grapes and fruits sourced throughout Ohio and the Pacific Coast. Sampling fights offer tastings of up to eight dry and sweet wines of visitors' choice. Special events include painting and wine nights for couples, Latin-themed dinner and salsa dance nights, and an annual Sangria Festival.
3816 April Ln, Columbus, OH 43227, Phone: 614-395-2355
Valley Vineyards was originally opened in 1971 by Ken Schuchter and is operated today by his son and daughter-in-law Kenny Joe and Dodie. The winery produces a wide range of classic and experimental wines throughout the year, ranging from traditional reds and whites like Chardonnay and Merlot to specialty ice wines and bourbon barrel-aged honey meads. The vineyards also concoct a full lineup of craft beers in favorite American and European styles such as IPAs, stouts, and bocks. Self-guided tours of the company's wine cellar are offered throughout operating hours daily, along with tastings of the company's wines and craft beers. Delicious homemade pizzas and hors d'oeuvres such as cheese trays are available to complement all tasting experiences.
2276 US-22 &, OH-3, Morrow, OH 45152, Phone: 513-899-2485
19.Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant
© Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant
Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant is Hamilton County's only winery, originally founded in 1986 by Kreso Mikulic. The winery stretches over 30 acres of rolling hillside landscape and produced more than 20,000 gallons of award-winning varietals each year, including several wines that have been chosen as Cincinnati's Wine of the Year. Guests can taste flights of wines and blends throughout the week as part of daily wine tastings or enjoy wine and dinner pairing experiences at the winery's restaurant Wednesdays through Saturdays. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, traditional tableside service is offered, while on Fridays and Saturdays, guests can select from a menu of land and sea entrees and grill their own meat at the restaurant's grilling station.
11069 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45252, Phone: 513-385-9309
20.Winery at Versailles
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Winery at Versailles was originally founded in 1994 by Carol and Mike Williams in Wilcox, Pennsylvania and moved to its current location in Versailles in 2002. The winery is housed within a charming restored 19th-century tobacco barn and offers three cozy tasting room seating areas for guests, all with spectacular views of the winery's vineyards. Wines produced throughout the year range from elegant reserve Chardonnays and Old World-style Pinot Grigios to semi-sweet and sweet blends foregrounding fruit and herbal notes. A full dinner menu is available throughout the day, highlighting gourmet pizzas, sandwiches, and shareable appetizers. In addition to wines, a selection of craft macrobrews are available on tap as part of tastings or dinners.
6572 OH-47, Versailles, OH 45380, Phone: 937-526-3232
21.Woodstone Creek Winery and Distillery
Woodstone Creek Winery and Distillery was Ohio's first microdistillery at its opening in 1999 by owner Donald Outterson. The winery and distillery rotates its liquor and wine selections throughout the year, focusing on Ohio-grown grape varietals showcased in blends specifically meant to pair with meals, including the winery's award-winning Vidal Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon varietals. Honey mead is produced from Ohio-crafted honey, while potstilled liquor selections include brandies, five-grain bourbons, and single-malt whiskeys. Wine and liquor tastings are offered on Saturdays, letting guests sample five beverages of their choice in a signature logo glass to take home. Guests are welcome to bring in their own light snacks to eat at the bar, though visitors should note that outside hot meals are not permitted.
4712 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45217, Phone: 513-569-0300
© Wyandotte Winery
Wyandotte Winery is Central Ohio's oldest urban winery, originally established in 1977 in Columbus. The winery has been overseen by Rockside Winery's Valerie and Robin Coolidge since 2006, focusing on handcrafted small-batch wines produced on premises year-round from grapes grown at the company's Rockside vineyards. Lovely custom blends also collaborate with local winery Broken Fence Vineyards for local source grapes. Food and wine pairings are chosen by Valerie s part of multi-course meals offered periodically. Guests can also purchase delicious wine-flavored cakes as part of the company's Wyandotte Wine Cakes label, which are frosted with wine-infused glaze. Free winery tours are offered on select dates with advance registration.
4640 Wyandotte Dr, Columbus, OH 43230, Phone: 614-476-3624
22 Best Ohio Wineries
- A. R. Winery, Photo: A. R. Winery
- Bardwell Winery, Photo: Bardwell Winery
- Bokes Creek Winery, Photo: Bokes Creek Winery
- Brandeberry Winery, Photo: Natalya Lys/stock.adobe.com
- Caesar Creek Vineyards, LLC, Photo: Caesar Creek Vineyards, LLC
- Fulton Grove Winery, Photo: Fulton Grove Winery
- Hafle Winery, Photo: Hafle Winery
- Hanover Winery, Photo: Hanover Winery
- Harmony Hill Vineyards, Photo: Francesco83/stock.adobe.com
- Henke Winery, Photo: Henke Winery
- Meier's Wine Cellars, Inc., Photo: fotolesnik/stock.adobe.com
- Old Mason Winery and Vineyard, Photo: Creativemarc/stock.adobe.com
- Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard and Winery, Photo: mim/stock.adobe.com
- Plum Run Winery, Photo: Plum Run Winery
- Powell Village Winery, Photo: Powell Village Winery
- Rockside Winery and Vineyards, Photo: Rockside Winery and Vineyards
- Signature Wines, Photo: Signature Wines
- Valley Vineyards, Photo: kichigin19/stock.adobe.com
- Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant, Photo: Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant
- Winery at Versailles, Photo: Winery at Versailles
- Woodstone Creek Winery and Distillery, Photo: exclusive-design/stock.adobe.com
- Wyandotte Winery, Photo: Wyandotte Winery
- Cover Photo: Grandiflora/stock.adobe.com