At Maize Valley Winery and Craft Brewery, fall means there’s always something to do. The 750-acre farm east of Hartville celebrates the season from September 15 through October 28 with special events such as a hot-air balloon lift-off and an Oktoberfest weekend, plus its fall standards: an 8-acre corn maze, wagon rides to a pumpkin patch, campfire sites, pumpkin cannon demonstrations and a straw-bale mountain.
Scott Mann, manager at the winery and brewery, said Maize Valley isn’t the kind of pumpkin patch where parents watch their kids play. There’s a bunch to do for all ages, plus there’s a ton of food and adult beverages.
“You tend to want to spend a day with us,” he said. “We have big-kid fun and little-kid fun.”
Year-round, the winery/brewery offers tours on the second Saturday of every month that include a glass of wine or beer in a take-home glass, along with an opportunity to ask questions of the winemaker and brewmaster. On the third Thursday of every month, Maize Valley hosts its Vintner’s Dinners, which pair homemade wines with five-course meals. Previous dinner themes this year have included tastes of romance, tastes of spring and tastes of the farm.
As for wine, Maize Valley offers fruit, red, rosé and white wines, with 25 varieties available for purchase. You can sample the handcrafted wines before you buy in the tasting room on site.
The Marlboro Township winery scored big at this spring’s Ohio Wine Competition, snagging the overall best of show award for its Riesling, and its Big Red Pecker and Apple Pie wines won gold medals.
One of the big draws of Maize Valley has been the property’s large covered patio, which offers a view of the grounds and a place to enjoy sandwiches and appetizers. The patio was converted into a year-round room with walls and heating and cooling, but there still are garage doors that open for an outdoor experience.
When you visit, you also can go shopping at Maize Valley’s marketplace, which sells Amish meats and cheeses, baked goods, locally grown produce and jams and jellies. The everyday menu in the Tasting Room Cafe at Maize Valley includes appetizers, salads and sandwiches.
What to order:
Maize Valley added several new wines this summer:
• Maize Valley sangria: a sweet red sangria
• Maize Valley white: with notes of citrus and a slight fruitiness
• And two new vintages: Maize Valley Reserve Rosé (dry with slight fruitiness) and Maize Valley Frontenac Gris (semi-sweet)
What we love:
If you’re not a wine person, no worries—Maize Valley also brews beer. Small-batch brewing began in 2014, and the operation expanded significantly in 2016, growing from 12-gallon batches to 500-gallon batches. The brewery rotates 16 craft beers on tap, including IPAs, ales, porters and stouts, which can be ordered to go in crowlers or growlers.