Barrel Run Crossing Winery & Vineyard in Rootstown, Ohio is one of those wineries that’s just fun to visit. On a beautiful sunny Ohio day we hopped on the motorcycle and journeyed to the countryside. A quaint boutique winery with a relaxed atmosphere and a friendly staff all add up for an enjoyable afternoon. But, lets talk about their wines too!
Barrel Run Crossing is owned by the Miller Family, a fourth generation farming family. Now, with 10 acres under harvest they are busier than ever over the past 10 years. The wine tasting room, a repurposed house, has charming décor inside and out plus, plenty of seating (especially when Ohio weather turns cold). Outside there is a large pavilion with plenty of seating and more tables on the grass (picnic tables too).
I love the whimsical names of the wines from Tipsy Conductor , Golden Spike, and Off The Tracks. We chose a wine flight of 5 tastings that included two red and three white:
- BRX, dry and fruity
- Mahoning Red River, Semi-sweet Blend of Frontenac, Niagara and Riesling
- Locomotion, Dry blend of Chardonnay and St.Pepin
- Third Pin, Semi-Dry/Semi Sweet blend of Frontenac Gris, Vidal & Seyval Blanc
- Tipsy Conductor, Semi-Sweet from Frontenac grapes
We liked them all but, I think our favorite was the Locomotion and the Mahoning River Red. Both with excellent finishes. A flight will have five choices and complimentary wine glasses(s) to take home for $8.95. So after our wine tasting we ordered two glasses of the Locomotion and a Buffalo Chicken Pizza. We sat outside and enjoyed talking to the other visitors and bikers.
The menu is a simple fare.Their ingredients for the menu is locally sourced and some from their own farm. So, the menu will change weekly.
The winery also offers two Apple Wines (Up A Creek & Cattle Dog) and Sangria, a blend of two wines with fresh pureed fruit. Perfect on a warm day listening to the live entertainment.
Barrel Run Crossing may be off the beaten track a bit but, well worth a visit. It feels like your hanging out at a friend’s house. What’s nicer than a drive in the country and relaxing with friends, even ones you just met!
****A big thank you to Lauren for spending time with us to give us the history of the winery and a summary of all the wines. The whole staff will make your visit so much fun and enjoyable!
Location: Barrel Run Crossing Winery & Vineyard @ 3272 Industry Rd. Rootstown, Ohio 44272…Check out their website for events and live entertainment at the winery. http://barrelrunwinery.com/