Thorncreek Winery & Gardens in Aurora, Ohio has definitely made quite a transformation since its change of ownership over 10 years ago. Thorncreek Winery is the vision of David Thorn (DTR Associates) and was redesigned inside and out.
When I drove into the parking lot I didn’t even recognize the Winery from my first visit years before (previously Dankorona Winery), the grounds are beautifully landscaped. When I stepped inside I was astonished how handsome the décor is with beautiful dark wood throughout, plenty of table seating and bar area as well as an oversized couch in front of a large brick fireplace. Tastefully ornate. A small gift shop is just around the corner from the main room.
Downstairs functions as the wine production area and larger open spaces for special events or meetings. Just as nicely finished as the upstairs rooms with a cozy lounge area.
There are two wine flights available to choose from with 6 tastings each. I decided to have mine outside on this beautiful Ohio summer day. There are 11 wines available including their award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve.
Step out back you walk through flower and plant lined walkways to a well-designed garden seating area with an adorable trellis and garden fountain. My table seating gave me a nice view of part of the winery’s seven acres. Picnic tables are available if you prefer.
I chose the sweeter flight to sample, it consisted of Aurora Crème Red, Aurora Crème White, Merlot, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon. I liked all of them, but I think my favorites were the Pinot Grigio with hints of citrus & honey and the Aurora Crème White (Niagara grapes) so its sweet and crisp, like you’re biting right into a grape! The grapes used here are sourced from the best locations throughout the country.
The seasonal menu consists of shared plates such as a Southwestern Chicken Salad, Hummus & Crudites with pita chips, Cheeseboard with a selection of charcuterie and more. I ordered their Jarlsberg Chicken Dip with chicken that was marinated in their Chardonnay combined with Tuscan seasonings and house made pita chips. Rich and delicious! There are several desserts to choose from but, I was too full to try one!
I walked through the herb and vegetable garden that supplies the restaurant with the freshest organic ingredients. They even have a small lemon tree! I think that having the garden on site, and using locally sourced ingredients, enriches the menu even more.
The winery is available for weddings, receptions, and most events with a lovely outdoor tented garden space complete with a cascading waterfall surrounded by more flowers and lush gardens.
I enjoyed my visit tremendously and I appreciate the all new well-designed look of the winery. A relaxed atmosphere, lovely gardens, and a delightful glass of wine (or two)! I am also delighted it’s only a short drive from my home.
***Thank you to ThornCreek Winery’s General Manager-David Walker for taking the time to give me a guided tour.
Location: ThornCreek Winery @ 155 Treat Rd, Aurora, OH 44202 Ph: (330) 562-9248