Northeast Ohioans seeking a pleasant way to spend a weekend should consider visiting one of the Greater Cleveland area wineries. One doesn’t need a special occasion like a wedding or a family reunion to visit a winery. The desire to refine your palette is a fine reason to pop by a wine tasting or live musical performance. Here’s a rundown of five wineries every Clevelander should visit.
ThornCreek Winery 
155 Treat Road
Aurora, OH 44202
(330) 562-9245

Hours: Thursdays 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Since 2005, ThornCreek Winery has offered its customers the chance to sample and purchase exquisite wines in a gorgeous, one of a kind setting. Tying into founder David Thorn’s vision to combine his interest in wine, food and landscaping, ThornCreek is situated on a beautiful seven-acre stretch of land that includes a culinary garden, patio, entertainment space and a waterfall. Visitors can pair their favorite vino with chicken Cesar wraps and flatbread pizzas. And in addition hosting wine tastings, weddings, family reunions and corporate events, ThornCreek regularly features live musical performances and art classes.

Sarah’s Vineyard
1204 W. Steels Corners Road
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
(330) 929-8057

Hours: Wednesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Acclaimed by its many patrons for its intimate and inviting atmosphere, Sarah’s Vineyard has been delighting Ohioans since 2003. Sarah’s Vineyard features wines made from nine different kinds of grapes and a delectable array of food to go with it, including spinach and mushroom pierogies, homemade meatballs and a rustic triple berry tart with French vanilla ice cream. After eating and drinking their fill, patrons can visit an on-site art gallery that showcases paintings, pottery and jewelry made by local and national artists. And make sure to check out the winery’s event calendar to take in a live musical performance or its Annual Summer Solstice Festival, which features live music and food prepared by a host of local vendors.

Jilbert Winery 
1496 Columbia Road
Valley City, OH 44280
(216) 781-4120

Hours: Fridays, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The family owned Jilbert Winery has supplied its customers with a variety of sumptuous wines since 1999, including the hard to find honey wine. Customers can begin their visit by sipping on Lisa’s Promise, a fruity white wine or Cardinal Sin, a light bodied and delicious red. Next, guests can sit in the Jibert Winery’s refurbished barn dining area and enjoy some Fresh Mozz, deep fried mozzarella balls that have been rolled in Panko crumbs or a wasabi Parmesan chicken burger, which is composed of a shredded chicken breast seasoned with Parmesan cheese, red onion and wasabi topped with a slice of cheddar. Finally, patrons can stop by the winery’s gift shop to pick up a bottle of mead to share with friends and family.

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The Winery At Wolf Creek
2637 S. Cleveland Massillon Road
Norton, OH 44203
(800) 436-0426

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Starting in 1980, The Winery at Wolf Creek has produced a lovely variety of wines, currently including Blind Faith, a dry white wine made with Seyval Blanc grapes and Exodus, an intense red made with Marechal Foch grapes. The Winery is a great destination for families as its tasting room features a number of games that can keep youngsters occupied. Later, the whole clan can enjoy a tour of the property’s lush 12 acre grounds. And, depending on the date, everyone can partake in some local delivery food while enjoying a concert by Latin blues outfit Intransit or acoustic guitarist Ryann Anderson.

Grand River Cellars Winery And Restaurant 
5750 S. Madison Road
Madison, OH 44057
(440) 298-9838

Hours: Monday through Tuesday, 12 p.m., Wednesdays, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Grand River Cellars Winery and Restaurant differentiates itself from its fellow Cleveland wineries by offering customers a full lunch and dining menu Wednesdays through Sundays. Guests can pair a glass of sweet White Fox or fruity Grand Blush with a chicken pesto sandwich, bacon wrapped pork filet or Limoncello Cake. Grand River also hosts a number of appeal events including Sushi in the Cellar, wherein guests are served a five course meal or Brushes with Lushes, wherein guest can paint with supervision from artist Rhoda Wilson. And the winery stages performances from a slew of smooth jazz, light rock and blues musicians through the year.

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Mario McKellop is a freelance writer who has covered the pop culture beat since 2010.