It’s almost impossible to feel stressed out sitting on the patio of The Winery at Perennial Vineyards. Nestled on farmland in Tuscarawas Township, not far from Navarre, the rustic winery invites you to grab a glass and maybe a slice of pizza and just relax.
“It’s a really awesome place,” said manager Angie Begler. “It’s really kind of rustic. It has old-world charm.”
Perennial boasts that it’s Stark County’s oldest winery. Owner Damon Leeman opened Perennial in 2002, before the current trend of bespoke booze.
It’s set in a dairy barn that dates back to the mid-1800s that Leeman and his family restored.
“The owners have worked really hard at restoring the place and making it a winery,” Begler said.
Bright-red doors open into a beautiful tasting room, where guests can order from a menu of wine, cheese plates and handcrafted stone-baked pizzas. Perennial offers counter service, so guests don’t have to worry about being interrupted by servers.
People love the pizza, said Begler, adding that Perennial’s slate of offerings, which also includes mixed drinks and beer, sets it apart.
“It ended up being quite a lot. Most wineries don’t offer as much,” she said.
“Our food is exceptional,” she added.
Perennial is an agricultural winery. It grows its own grapes on the working farm—nearly all of the grapes used to make Perennial wine are cultivated and hand-picked on-site. Perennial also does its own bottling and labeling.
Essentially everything that goes into making a bottle of wine, happens there at the winery, Begler said.
On nice days, guests flock to Perennial’s spacious, pet-friendly patio overlooking the vineyards. It’s not uncommon to catch a glimpse of wildlife.
The winery, which is open Thursday through Saturday, also offers live music nearly every night. The musicians always draw a crowd, Begler said.
Perennial also is available for event rentals.
Guests can choose from the indoor Grotto—a year-round venue featuring stone and dark-wood accents—and the outdoor pavilion for events during warmer months. Both spaces can accommodate groups of about 80. Perennial also offers a small farmhouse for groups of about 35.
Perennial attracts a diverse crowd, from new wine drinkers in their 20s to longtime fans in their 70s.
And it fills up fast on the weekends, so make sure to arrive early to grab a good seat.
“The atmosphere is the big draw,” she said. “And then you come in and you get good service, good wine and good pizza.”
“It’s a beautiful place. It really is,” she added.
The Winery at Perennial Vineyards is located at 11877 Poorman Street SW, Navarre.
What to order:
• Wine Dog White and Wine Dog Red: Sweet wines with a sweeter cause—a portion of each bottle sold goes to the Murphy Foundation to help local animals in need.
• Cabernet Sauvignon: One of the most popular offerings, a dry, full-bodied red described as having dark fruit flavors, savory earthy tones and a smokey finish.
• Americano Pizza: Thin crust, stone-baked pizza topped with red sauce and loaded with salami, pancetta, sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini and herbs.
What we love:
Nightly live music in a beautiful setting.