Lake Erie Wineries in Ohio

Ohio has approximately 250 wineries scattered throughout the state. Today, I’m visiting two on the Lake Erie Shores & Island Wine Trail, Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard and D & D Smith Winery.  I have visited quite a few wineries in Ohio, but this was my first visit to both of these.

QUARRY HILL WINERY & ORCHARD

Nestled out in the countryside is Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard in Berlin Heights, Ohio. Surrounded by plentiful vineyards and rows of apple trees. Quarry Hill Orchards was named for the sandstone quarries that were once active on the acreage. The Quarry Hill Winery was established in 2005 after years of being a working farm.  The vineyard consists of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Petit Syrah and Vidal Blanc.

The wine tasting building is very impressive with a vaulted ceiling and huge glass windows. A large stone fireplace and plenty of seating with great views of the vineyard. A wrap around porch for outside seating and dining. Next to the main building is a large covered pavilion for larger gatherings and other outside seating.

We began our wine tasting with 5 different wines. Pinot Grigio-light & fruity, Cayuga- intense grape, Estate Rose, Stonehouse Red- blended wine, and Vidal Blanc.  All were very good with most on the sweeter side, I think I liked the Estate Rose the best, very smooth but not too sweet.  They do not offer a wine flight so individual tastings are $1.00 each.  The winery also has a selection of fruit wines such as Strawberry Rhubarb, Apple, Cherry, Blueberry, and  Raspberry.

They offer a light menu,  a Gourmet Cheese board, Hummus with vegetables & crackers, Chicken Salad Croissant, Bread with Dip, Cold Platters, and choice of Panini’s on the weekends. We chose a Reuben sandwich with kettle chips and two glasses of their Vidal Blanc.  We enjoyed our lunch on the outside porch so we could gaze out over the vineyard.

The winery definitely serves up a scenic setting surrounded by the vineyard with a casual dining atmosphere.   The wines we tasted are very good, particularly the Estate Rose & Vidal Blanc.

Location @ 8403 Mason Rd, Berlin Heights, Ohio  44814  Ph: (419) 588-3179…hours will vary seasonally.

 

D & D SMITH WINERY LLC

 

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D & D Smith Winery is in Norwalk, Ohio. This little town is known for the Summit Motorsports Park that hosts some of the best drag racing in the country, but today, I’m here for the wine.  This boutique winery is a family run business and was established in 2008. They already have several award-winning wines under their belt like their Riesling Double Gold.

The winery is a repurposed older house with a very warm feel to it with much of the original house left intact.  Plenty of seating with a large upstairs area for larger groups.

We started with a wine flight of 7 wine samples (flights are 6 for $6.00 but I added one more for a little extra) and a side of Tuscan herb infused bread with dipping sauce.  The He Said She Said-fruity and sweet, Gewurztraminer-flavorful with hints of mango, Chardonnay – very smooth non-oak, Niagara-white very very grape, The Locals– a blend of local family backyard grapes, Vino Java– flavorful coffee taste, Riesling-Crisp white wine. Trying a Java infused wine was a first for me. I’m still undecided on that one but,  I love trying new flavors!

The winery also offers a great selection of fruit wines like Pumpkin and Peach. How about a wine slushie with Sangria? All unique and very creative tastes. Order a wine flight, you’ll want to try several. They also offer appetizers and snacks.

Never underestimate the small wineries!  The wines are full of flavor. I brought several bottles of Chardonnay and Riesling home with me.  D & D Winery has done quite a lot in a short amount of time with their winery, a wonderful & flavorful accomplishment!

TIPS: The winery has weekly and monthly events throughout the year, so be sure to check out their website.

 

Location @ 401 W Main St, Norwalk, Ohio  44857  Ph: (419) 577-0242

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51 comments

  1. Wow, some beautiful wineries and so many options! Love the food and the different wine samples and combinations! That would definitely make me more interested in wine! Thanks for sharing

  2. I love going on wine tours and finding out more about the smaller wineries. I actually had the chance to live in a wine region in Australia (Granite Belt) to work for a few of the small wine makers and grape growers and it was a great experience. I have also done a tour in Hunter Valley which is probably one of the most well known areas for wine making and at the end of the month I am visiting Mudgee which is yet another wine region. Can you tell I love my wine as much as I love reading about different wineries? Ha!

  3. I never been in such places even if I like wine 🙂 Wait..I have been but in Europe in Hungary that some of the regions are famous for their wine 🙂 I would like to have such trip again but unfortunately in Bali it’s not so possible 🙁

  4. I don’t drink wine but if I were to visit this place I would love to go during the harvest time. It would be interesting to watch the process of wine making from the tree to the bottle.

  5. I swear I could live for wineries! Another amazing location, love the building in particular. There’s something so American about it. I always love places that are family run as well – usually great stories go with the visit. The more wine – the more stories 🙂

  6. I went to a winery in Indiana in October and I was surprised by the sweeter profiles of the wines. After living on the West Coast for almost 20 years, I didn’t realize that the Midwest tends to like the sweeter side. It looks like you had a wonderful time tasting wines and sampling food. I didn’t realize there were so many wineries in Ohio. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. I am not a wine person but it’s always interesting to book a wine tour – you can learn so much about the process itself and the different types of wine. Our French teacher used to take us to some nice vineyards in France.

  8. Ok I may sound dumb,but I never knew that Ohio was such a big wine-producing state! I love wine tasting (though oddly, I’m not tooooo fond of wine). It’s just such a fun activity and I love sampling all the different kinds. I used to go once in a while in California. And I totally agree, the small wineries are often the best! I love the smaller intimate setting when the owners can take the time to talk to you and explain their wines!

  9. Living in the Pacific NW we do love our wineries but I have to say the ones you went to in Ohio have a lot more to offer like that great looking lunch with the panini. What a fun way to spend a day.

  10. You certainly know about wineries Lisa! Looks like a great place to visit, and Phil would love it as he’s the wine connoisseur, whereas I’m more of a beer man 🙂

  11. Wonderful wineries you visited. Like the idea of the flights idea, the wine samplings. The Quarry Hill Winery has such amazing views to eat a snack and look over the orchards. I bet the fruit wines tasted amazing. D & D Smith Winery has a lot of wine to offer and cozy. Stunning photos and love your articles on the wineries. I am pinning this for later. Thanks for Sharing 🙂

  12. Quarry Hill looks wonderful, I can see myself having a cheese board on that porch with one of the fruit wines and I love vaulted ceilings! Then in contrast is D & D Smith Winery – and I do like the sound of the wine with a hint of mango (not a chance I could remember the name of it though lol). Hope you enjoyed the wine you took away with you 🙂 Thank you for making me want to go and open a bottle now! #feetdotravel

  13. I was just talking to someone about wineries the other day! I’m not much of a wine drinker myself but vinyards do look like beautiful places to visit. I think if I found the right wine it would be great to save it as a memory of the place. And a tasting looks like a lot of fun!

  14. I love wineries. In fact ad ai write this comment I am stayimg in the heartland of winery region in Augusta -Margaret River in Western Australia. This winery in the Ohio region looks like another beauty, but are there any bad ones.

  15. Hi Lisa! On each of yours posts, every place is always very emphasized by your magnificent photos 😂 😂 😂 We want to come to visit all places which you select!! Very interesting blog! 😂 😂 😂

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