First stop: Raven’s Glenn
Many folks know this area for its share of Amish Country, but the area now boasts an impressive number of Ohio wineries, overshadowing the baskets and hot buttered noodles.
Raven’s Glenn is a perfect local attraction for wine lovers, and one of the most well-known and most visited wineries in the vicinity. That’s rightfully so, as the setting is perfectly peaceful, the Tuscarawas River runs through the grounds, the vines are well manicured and the facility hosts a full-service restaurant, wine store, plus all wine is created on the premises.
Tour the winery and learn the basics of wine making; they apply not only to the wines you’ll sample at Raven’s Glenn, but also that favorite bottle at home. Sign up beforehand, and the $6.75 price of admission includes a winery tour, wine tasting, and an etched glass.
After touring the facility, sample wines in the tasting room. Varietals range from chardonnay to merlot, from port to ice wine. Step outside of the box and try something new. For instance, if you’re accustomed to a California region, try one of Ohio’s best-performing varietals: cabernet franc, pinot gris or Riesling.
Second stop: Yellow Butterfly
Newcomerstown offers a view that you really can’t find in Stark County: rolling fields, wooded areas, pastures and vines. Yellow Butterfly takes full advantage of its country home; the bright yellow barn that houses the winery is a century old and full of character and charm.
The interior at this quaint winery is rustic with wood-covered walls, and the exterior has ample deck space and plenty of room to meander. A wine-tasting bar is a main attraction here. The bar allows you to taste the winery’s blends, which include all traditional Ohio wine varietals in addition to some unusual flavors such as apple, blackberry, apricot and peach. Try choosing samples for your partner based on his or her favorites at the previous winery.
Yellow Butterfly is cozy during the cooler months and perfect for reconnecting, not to mention, the close proximity to the other vineyards makes this part of a perfect destination date.
While you may choose to visit now, remember to stop back during the warmer months when there are special guests at the vineyard: alpacas. Wine drinkers can appreciate an experience with their favorite vino, and this is definitely an experience not matched by many. Alpaca wool items, from the creatures you meet, are available in the gift shop as a reminder of your trip. The winery also offers live music and Saturday barbecues, weather permitting.
Third stop: Rainbow Hills
If peace and quiet, good wine and home-cooked fare are your thing, schedule an overnight stay with Rainbow Hills at the Bed and Breakfast. It’s the perfect resting spot after your day journey through Appalachian wine region. The gorgeous, wooded area that surrounds this winery is definitely a peaceful escape from everyday life. It’s so quiet and so tranquil, and most worthy of an extended stay.
Once you absorb the serene drive in, stop by the tasting room and grab some snacks and a few samples of its namesake wines. When you find “the one” you enjoy most, retreat to the cabin-style lodge and take advantage of the fireplace and fantastic bird’s-eye view.