Ohio Wineries: Where to Get Pizzas, Brunch & More
From morning meals to perfect wood-fired pizzas, here is our rundown on the signature eats and food-related events at 11 wineries across the state.
These wineries turn up the heat with creative wood-fired pizzas.
Georgetown Tavern on the Hill, Cambridge: This Guernsey County winery serves 10 specialty pizzas. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio and order The Florentine, a ranch-dressing-based pie layered with garlic, spinach, pepperoni, bacon, diced tomatoes and shredded provolone. If you’re in a rush, order online and pick it up to go. 62920 Georgetown Rd., Cambridge 43725, 740/435-3222, georgetownvineyards.com
L'uva Bella Winery Bistro, Lowellville: This California-style winery in Mahoning County serves 11 wood-fired pizzas on its handcrafted stone patio. If you’re looking for an offer you can’t refuse, go with The Godfather, a pie topped with red sauce, fresh hot peppers, hot sausage, black olives, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese. 6597 Center Rd., Lowellville 44436, 330/536-6450, luvabella.com
Sarah’s Vineyard, Cuyahoga Falls: This rustic winery within Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers five on-site seating areas to enjoy one of its six wood-fired pizzas. Go with the Not So Plain Jane, topped with chicken, mushrooms, spinach, basil, olive oil and mozzarella cheese. 1204 W. Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls 44223, 330/929-8057, sarahsvineyardwinery.com
Hang out with family and friends during these interactive dining experiences.
Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Geneva: One of Ohio’s premier estate wineries, Ferrante Winery has been in operation since 1937. Oct. 7 and 14, it offers covered bridge tours of Ashtabula County. Hop in a trolley and see the sights before returning to the winery for a traditional cavatelli dinner. 5585 St. Rte. 307, Geneva 44041, 440/466-8466, ferrantewinery.com Since this article ran in 2018, this event listing is no longer applicable.
Valley Vineyards, Morrow: Founded in 1970, the second-largest vineyard in Ohio offers do-it-yourself cookouts on the weekends. Both indoor and outdoor grills are available to prepare your own New York strip steak, Atlantic salmon filet or shrimp. Wine tastings, a bottle of wine, appetizers, sides and dessert are included. 2276 E. U.S. routes 22 and 3, Morrow 45152, 513/899-2485, valleyvineyards.com
Diletto Winery, Canfield: Get a glass of wine and a clue at this Mahoning Valley winery’s regularly offered interactive murder mystery dinner events. Themes vary, but a three-to-four course meal and a glass of wine or sangria is included with the price of admission. 9182 Youngstown Salem Rd., Canfield 44406, 330/286-3925, dilettowinery.com. As of February 2021, Diletto Winery is permanently closed.
Ease into the day at these spots that serve brunch with their wines.
Camelot Cellars Winery, Columbus: This urban boutique winery’s brunch menu offers a solid lineup of mid-morning favorites, such as French toast, steel-cut oatmeal and veggie hash. Then, there’s Grandma’s Meatball and Eggs: house-made meatballs, two over-medium fresh eggs, tomato sauce from scratch and a baguette. 901 Oak St., Columbus 43205, 614/441-8860, camelotcellars.com. As of August 2021, Camelot Cellars is still open and serving food but is no longer serving brunch.
Laurello Vineyards, Geneva: This boutique winery serves brunch casseroles for parties of 20 or more. The vegetable or cheese stratas come with house-made scones, fresh fruit and sausage links. “Everything is made from scratch, and you will definitely be able to taste that,” says general manager Danielle DiDonato. 4573 St. Rte. 307, Geneva 44041, 440/415-0661, laurellovineyards.com. As of August 2021, Laurello Vineyards is still open and serving food but is no longer serving brunch.
ThornCreek Winery, Aurora: Surrounded by the work of founder David Thorn’s impressive northeast Ohio garden-design firm, ThornCreek Winery’s brunch couldn’t be served in a much more serene spot. If you want to start the day off right, go with the chicken and waffles, featuring Sriracha maple sauce and chives. 155 Treat Rd., Aurora 44202, 330/562-9245, thorncreekwinery.com
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these desserts creations.
CLE Urban Winery, Cleveland Heights: Along with Cleveland-themed wines, this upscale boutique winery offers wine-infused desserts. Available only on Fridays and Saturdays, try the Donuts for Grownups: locally made glazed donut holes served with a pipette of fruit wine to inject into them. 2180B Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights 44118, 216/417-8313, cleurbanwinery.com. As of August 2021, CLE Urban Winery is still open, but is no longer serving donuts.
Manchester Hill Winery, Circleville: This Pickaway County winery prides itself on its locally sourced fruit wines, but it’s the frozen slushies (served with a straw in a wine glass) that steal the show in the summertime. Flavors vary throughout the season, but blackberry and Concord are favorites. 13160 Tarlton Rd., Circleville 43113, 845/893-8724, manchesterhill.com