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nitrofd's Wine Journal Entries

Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery (written May 16, 2021)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Mango, Pineapple

A decent visit on a very busy day. We had to wait about 15 min. for our tasting, but stayed busy browsing the kitschy stuff. The tasting was well done, but kind of rushed, but considering the crowd - understood. The grounds are nice, but we didn't spend a lot of time touring about. The wines were all muscadine based - so not my favorites - however they were interesting. Thanks!

Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery (written Jan 25, 2021)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery (written Jan 25, 2021)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Country Cat

Stopped by on the way home from Tampa, surprised I hadn't been here before. The wines are different here - several grape wines, but mostly fruit and oddities (yellow onion?). Still fun and interesting with really friendly people.

Jesters Winery and Cafe (written Nov 18, 2020)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Red Jester

Another visit pre-covid - again just saw them listed. This is the old White Moon winery - fantastic sight for winemaking. The wines were really good, with Red Jester being our favorite. Make sure to stop in for a visit!

Hamon Haven Winery (written Nov 18, 2020)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Vidal

Great visit to this winery (pre covid - just saw they were finally listed here). Great people that make good wine - try the Vidal, and the Foch was fantastic!

Bullitt's Winery & Bistro (written Nov 18, 2020)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Nice friendly little bistro on 3rd street in town. They only had 4 wines on our visit, and none really stood out as spectacular. Stop in and see for yourself, though - with time they'll get better!

1922 House Vineyards & Winery (written Nov 18, 2020)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Barrel aged Norton

Nice little winery, decent wines and friendly service!

Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards (written Jul 19, 2020)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Sweet Noble

Really nice visit on a really busy day. Wines are all muscadine/scuppernong, and are sweet (sorry, even the "dries"). Friendly folks - they even let us bring our cat in (in his cage). Don't pass this one up!

Old South Winery (written Jun 21, 2020)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Sweet Noble

Ah yes - muscadine in all it's glory. Quite a good visit though with friendly server. Thanks!

Patoka Lake Winery (written Sep 01, 2019)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Gewurztraminer, Rhubarb

Visited yesterday - crowded but efficient and friendly servers, very nice tasting room. Not all wines were great but several were well above average. Gewurztraminer and Rhubarb stuck out. Red Barrel blend was excellent, however Cabernet & Chardonnay missed the target. Overall pleasant experience, even stayed for a glass on the deck!

Holtkamp Winery (written May 27, 2019)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Great dry wines - you have to try the Robert! Very nice winery out in the country with a great family doing all the work. You shouldn't pass this one up!

Madison County Winery & RV Resort (written May 27, 2019)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Wines were decent, owner/server was very friendly, nice location. 2 apple wines stood out, but were sweet - candy apple and cinnamon apple.

IG Winery (written May 17, 2019)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Reisling

On the plus side, a very nice winery - easy to find in town and very friendly server that knew wine really well. On the negative - 20 dollars for 4 tastes of mediocre wines. Between wife and I we spent $40 on a red/white tasting and only found 2 wines to our liking (dry riesling and cabernet). Wines were all overpriced in my opinion. You may not find it that way, so stop in if your in the area.

Two Saints Winery (written Jul 29, 2018)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We met the vintner at the Iowa Farmers Market in Des Moines, and liked the dry reds we sampled there, so stopped at the winery on the way back to Indianola. Very nice visit with his wife in the tasting room, which by the way is very well appointed and homey. All the wines are good, and I left with the Edelweiss - the best I tried on the trip. A must visit if in the area!

Summerset Winery (written Jul 29, 2018)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another good visit in Iowa - a very friendly outgoing server combined with a very nice tasting room and some excellent wine made for a great day! The wines were all good, the Foch a little harsh, but everything else was perfect. Stayed for a glass of the semi-dry Vignoles - extra good out on the deck - best way to finish the day! I would recommend this stop to anyone.

Snus Hill Winery (written Jul 29, 2018)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Odd visit - the owner/host acted like we were keeping him from something more important, though a rushed tasting, he was friendly. We were the only ones there, so not sure why the rush (maybe he had to pee). The grounds and tasting room are very nice, the landscaping outstanding. Everything is cat themed (a plus for the wife. The wines were good, but none really stood out as special. An overall good visit, but from the other reviews and my own experience - keep an open mind.

Penoach Vineyard and Winery (written Jul 29, 2018)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Wow - what a visit! From the drive up the lane I knew this would be a good one. The winery is very nice - an old barn setting, and the owners/hosts were fun, friendly and knew wine extremely well - quite the conversation. And the wines - every one was great! The Noiret was fantastic, loved the La Crescent. A must stop if your in the area!

Madison County Winery (written Jul 29, 2018)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

Did not like this stop at all - just an overall crappy vibe. Our server was an airhead and couldn't listen (we would tell her what we wanted to taste, she'd grab wrong bottle - and then say "oh that's not it?" when we'd say "wrong one". And the people that were sitting in the courtyard and tasting room were extra pretentious/fake to the person. As for the wine - it was O.K. - the dry Vignoles was great, but other than that - meh. The tasting room/winery was very nice with a great country view from the courtyard. Just an overall crap experience. Maybe yours will be different.

La Vida Loca Winery (written Jul 29, 2018)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another nice visit with a fun server and some great wine - although mostly fruit wines - still done very well. Very pleasant tasting room - Thanks for a good visit!

Jasper Winery (written Jul 29, 2018)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: back shed red

Another wedding/event venue disguising itself as a winery. A lackluster stop due to servers being more interested in selling wedding packages, not so interested in doing tastings. Server was neither friendly nor unfriendly - just kind of there. She gave no information about the wine (probably doesn't know)and seemed very distant. The building was nice - but seemed more like a convention center. The wines were only O.K. Not sure I would recommend this stop.

Cedar Valley Winery (written Jul 27, 2018)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Fantastic visit - really nice tasting room staffed by one of the friendliest owners we've met in a while. The wines were outstanding, the scenery from the porch relaxing - a must visit when in the area!

Grape Escape Winery (written Jul 27, 2018)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 2 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Nice visit here - very friendly owner, and lots of good conversation. Wines were good, but several were sold out (really wanted to try some of the dry's) Tasting room isn't much, but the large gazebo outside offered a great view.

Sleepy Creek Vineyards (written Jul 27, 2018)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Henpecked

Great visit to this winery on a VERY busy afternoon. The building is really nice, old barn feel and look. Our harried server was both friendly and efficient even with the large crowd. The wines were good, but none stood out as special, although we brought home a bottle of Henpecked. Loved the Sour Puss label - reminded us of an old cat we had!

Old 502 Winery (written Jun 13, 2018)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Bourbon Barrel Red

O.K. - this is kind of a hipster locale, but it's a great place to visit. Boaz is a great guy, and they are making some fantastic wines (Bourbon Barrel Red is outstanding). The winery is very modern and urban. We always enjoy our visits here! So if your in Louisville - stop in and make some new friends.

Brianza Gardens and Winery (written Jun 13, 2018)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Some Like It Gold

A very nice visit, tasting some really nice wines - Pinot and Dry Vignoles were excellent. The winery and grounds are very pretty - but the main focus seems to be events (weddings). Price point for wines was a little high for the area, although the wines were very good. A decent visit, you should stop by if your in the area.

Boucherie Winery (written Jun 13, 2018)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Summer Crisp

We stopped here a few months ago, just added to list of wineries, so here are my thoughts. The wines were very good - the dry Norton and Chambourcin were fantastic as was the "summer crisp" Chardonnel. I also loved the apricot - see I do like sweet wine! The winery itself was very cozy and well appointed, the vineyards well marked and neat. The staff on hand knew the wines well and made several good suggestions as to how to enjoy the wines as well as things to do in the area. A little out of the way, but well worth the visit - can't wait to get back!

Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery (written Dec 24, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Blueberry

A really nice visit to a neat winery. The older house tasting room is very warm and inviting. Our server knew the wines sold here very well and shared information about the area as well. The wines are what you expect in Florida - Muscadine and fruit wines. The Blueberry and Noble are done as a dry and sweet, and are very interesting. Overall a very good visit.

Emerald Coast Wine Cellars (written Dec 22, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Beach Berry - Concord peach blend

Stopped at this winery this afternoon, and had kind of a "meh" experience. The winery sits nestled in a condo canyon across the street from the beach, and has very limited parking. Wasn't bad on the first day of winter - off season locally. But I imagine in the summer parking is a huge issue. The winery itself is O.K. - more space dedicated to Kitsch than to wine (but it is touristy Florida). The counter attendant wasn't really all that friendly and offered little information about the wine unless pressed. The wines themselves - the Chardonnay was lighter fluid, the Merlot not much better, but the semi/sweet wines that we tried were good. If your in the area, stop by and see for yourself - you might find a wine you like!

D. H. Liscombes Winery & Bistro (Albuquerque) (written Oct 09, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Another great winery visit! The staff were extremely nice, giving us advice on things to do and see in the area (the tip on the Old Town restaurant was right on). The winery itself was nice and inviting, and the wines were all above average. The standout wine for us was the semi-dry riesling. So good we bought a bottle to take back to the room to chill and have with a relaxing snack while watching t.v. This is another must do winery if you find yourself in Albuquerque. And don't be like Bugs - make the left turn!

Gruet Winery (written Oct 09, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

While in town for the balloon fiesta, we decided to stop in and visit this winery. I have seen the champagnes nationally, and did enjoy the ones we tried (not a huge fan of sparklers, but these were good). They do have 4 still wines - the cab sauv. wasgood, the chardonnay was excellent, pinot noir was ok, and the red blend was good. We didn't have the same experience as other posters - we thought the staff was friendly and the tasting room had a pleasant atmosphere. I wouldn't pass them up if your in the area.

Pleasant Valley Wine Company (written Jul 09, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

This was an o.k. visit - our server was a real bummer. The building is neat, as well as the museum - and yes a lot of history here. The wines were only mediocre (my opinion). It's worth a stop for the museum. You can buy their wines at Seneca Harbor or at Caywood winery also.

Anyela's Vineyards (written Jul 08, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

A good visit to this winery, although kind of stuffy. When we entered we were greeted by a young woman who explained the prices for their tasting "series", and she seemed kind of put out that we didn't want the higher priced tastings with cheese pairing or 3 extra tastes. That was o.k., then we went to the tasting counter, and our server who was very friendly and well spoken, was so scripted that another couple commented that he sounded like an advertisement. When I had questions (like how long the cab had dwelled on the skins due to it's lack of tannins) he referred back to his scripted spiel, then admitted he didn't know after another question. O.K. that was just a minor. As for the winery itself, the building and grounds were beautiful. The wines were O.K. with the Avail being the standout, but not to our liking enough to purchase. It's the only winery on Skaneateles, so if your in the area stop by and judge for yourself.

Finger Lakes Wine Center (written Jul 06, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

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Crooked Lake Winery (written Jul 06, 2017)
Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

We tried to stop here today at 10 am. No sign of life, so we visited another nearby winery and returned at 11 am. Still no one around. There was no signage anywhere with hours listed, and it looked a little rundown. I wasn't wasting anymore time on them.

Stever Hill Vineyards (written Jul 06, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A pleasant visit to this winery. They are now open with new ownership (one of which was serving today). The winery is very nice, and we were told recently remodeled. The wines were very good, with the heritage red being the stand out. You should stop here if you are in the area.

Yates Cellars Winery (written Jul 06, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

This was a neat visit. The old mansion is on the national register, and was amazing. Our server, though a little dizzy, took the time to explain everything to the best of her ability. The wines were good, with the Vincent being the standout. You need to stop here if you get the chance!

Schwenk Wine Cellars (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

A very nice winery, and the porch and grounds seemed very relaxing. The server/owner was very friendly and willing to discuss wines. Now the wines - I think maybe the vintner was going for something that stood out and missed (hey, it happens). I couldn't find anything I liked. I wouldn't pass them by, but maybe go for the sweets (I didn't try those).

Villa Bellangelo (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A great visit, but a little intimidating at first. As you walk up it looks like every other winery on the lake, however open the doors and wow - I didn't know if I was classy enough to be here! But not to worry - our server made us and 2 other couples feel at home and was very friendly. The wines were very good, however I found them pricy (or maybe I'm just cheap!). Go ahead and visit and don't be intimidated by the building.

Rock Stream Vineyards (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

A very nice visit, the winery was neat and clean while doing some remodeling. Our servers were friendly even though the 3 couples there were interrupting their lunch. On to the wines - We didn't find anything to our liking, that doesn't mean you won't find "the one".

Magnus Ridge Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

An O.K. visit, nice winery, friendly server, "meh" wines. You may find one you like, I wasn't so lucky

Fossenvue Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

A good, if not odd, visit. The winery and view are very nice, and they have lot's of schlock if your interested. The server was friendly, but wasn't really sure of himself. They pair every wine with a nosh of cheese/olive oil & bread, and I felt that took away from the overall experience. The wines were O.K., and we got to sample an un-oaked Chardonnay that is yet to be released that stood out. I wouldn't pass them by, just be ready for eight bites of cheese/bread & oil with eight tastes of wine.

J. R. Dill Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another great visit in the lakes! The building and grounds are fantastic, the view is serene and relaxing. Our server was very friendly, and we talked wines and terroir for what seemed forever. The wines here are super also, couldn't find one we didn't even moderately dislike. Don't pass this great winery by!

Fruit Yard Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

This visit was just kind of "meh". To start with the winery is neat and very colorful outside (you won't miss it). But upon entering it kind of went down hill. We had the most depressing server I've met in almost 400 visits to various wineries. She read the name of the wine and poured - nothing more - no this is our best seller/my favorite/medal winner, nothing. The wines were only O.K. - nothing jumped out as special. So not a great visit in my experience, although you can try yourself and see if you get better results.

Damiani Wine Cellars (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A nice visit to this winery. The building/grounds are very well appointed, and the view is fantastic. The wines were very good - heads up - they're all dry. Our server lacked a little in the personality department, but did answer questions without being a snob. If you like dryer wines stop here (I suggest the MC2), if you like sweets, pass them by.

Chateau LaFayette Reneau (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A very nice visit, and apparently they've cut down on the tastes. It was 5 for $5, which was consistent with everyone on the lake. The wines themselves were excellent, and I took home a Chardonnay. The winery is fantastically appointed and the view fantastic. Absolutely worth a visit!

Caywood Vineyards (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Nice visit - even though they were very busy, they servers were keeping up and cheerful. The wines were o.k., the winery and grounds well taken care of. I wouldn't pass them by, they have something for everyone.

Catharine Valley Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

What a nice visit - the owner/vintner was working the tasting counter, and he was a hoot! As we sat and discussed the differences in wine taste/aroma dependent on region, we discussed Traminette. His eyes lit up and he asked if we wanted to try his yet to be released version. Was it good! The view of bthe lake is fantastic as well. Overall a great visit - don't pass them by!

Montezuma Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

We got here just in time to get one of the last seating's for a tasting. That said we were rushed through (with a smile though) and didn't get much information about the wines. Us and 2 other couples still hadn't finished our tastings and the staff were putting things away and arguing with each other. The wines were good, and the room large with lots of space for doodad's. If we'd been there earlier we more than likely would have had a much better experience.

Long Point Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

The view alone is worth the visit! The winery is very nice, and they are in the process of expanding. Very busy when we visited, but still got great service. The wines were very good - especially the 2015 Riesling. A must visit when in the lakes.

Treleaven Wines (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

The winery here was large and busy, but our server hustled and made the visit fun. The wines were very good, but we didn't find any that were special. An overall good visit though, and I'd put them on your list if your in the area.

Six Mile Creek Vineyard (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Another "meh" visit. Our server was disinterested, the wines were average and the winery and grounds were nice. You may want to check this one out yourself, but I wouldn't go out of my way.

Buttonwood Grove Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

A mixed review of this winery - although the winery and grounds are beautiful, I was left with a below average feel on this visit. Our server was more interested in talking with one of her friends (mostly about who wasn't there) than she was in taking care of customers. Only after I started to walk away in the middle of my tasting did she seem to notice us or the couple next to us. Too little too late. The 2 wines I did try were only average, so no loss in not finishing my tasting.

Goose Watch Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another busy winery that took the time to give personal service under pressure. Our server was fantastic, and gave us several pours that were not on our list, and each recommendation was good. The winery/grounds/view are fantastic - you need to take a glass of your favorite out on the deck here and forget all your troubles for a while. The wines are great, our favorite was the Viognier. Thanks for a great visit!

Knapp Vineyards Winery and Restaurant (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another great visit on the lakes - the winery is large and was very crowded, but our server kept up even though he was there by himself. He was also a hoot too with the corny old jokes! The wines were very good, with the Dry Riesling a standout. Avery nice winery you shouldn't pass by!

Swedish Hill Winery (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Very nice visit today, the winery and grounds are very nice - some good photo opportunities here! Our server wasn't the most outgoing, but he did know the wines and answered every question from the customers. The wines were good, but none really stood out as special. Don't pass them by when in the lakes, you might find a favorite!

Varick Winery & Country Store (written Jul 04, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Stopped in today at 10:05, and already packed! The winery is very nice, and our server was very friendly and engaging. The wines were very good, and everything we tried was spot on the way it was intended to be. They also had tastes of many types - sauces, jellies, dips and pickled veggies. This is a must stop destination if your serious about wine!

Heron Hill at Bristol (written Jul 03, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A nice visit at this wineries second location. Friendly staff, great wine and a nice tasting room with lots of doodads for everyone.

Inspire Moore Winery (written Jul 03, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Really neat little winery, with friendly staff and good wines. The grounds are really well maintained making it a very relaxing setting out on their deck.

Thirsty Owl Wine Company & Bistro (written Jul 03, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

This was a nice stop. It was VERY crowded, but the servers were keeping up and remained friendly under stress. The winery has a great view of the lake, and the grounds are very well kept. The wines were really good, but nothing special stood out, doesn't mean they won't wow you. Overall a very good visit.

Hosmer Winery (written Jul 03, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

All I can say is wow! The winery is very nice, with a large counter. Our server was fantastic and knew wines better than most we talk with. Now the wines - all I can say is Single Wheel! All the wines were fantastic. Don't pass them by when in the area!

Cayuga Ridge Estate Winery (written Jul 03, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A very nice visit here - neat old barn setting, lots oh antiques displayed along with nice crafty items. Our server was friendly and knew the wines well, and even suggested a local eatery that was excellent. Now the wines - some of the best we had all day - super good dry reds, and fantastic whites. I wouldn't pass them by.

Bellwether Hard Cider (written Jul 03, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Didn't try the cider, others were saying it was good. We opted for the wine, it was only O.K.. The service was slow to the point I felt like we were being ignored. Overall not a very good visit, but may try later for the cider.

Casa Larga Vineyards (written Jul 03, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

Disappointed in this visit, the server wasn't very friendly and seemed like she'd rather be elsewhere, the wines were not that spectacular either, so I was left with a "meh" feeling. And to top it off, no rinse when switching from red to white - so we ended up with a rose. I can't imagine myself going back.

Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery (written Jul 03, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

What a great visit! from the welcome at the door until we left we were treated special, and our server was very entertaining and fun. The winery is small, and the tasting counter crowded, but very unhurried. The wines were fantastic, the Noriet and riesling being standouts. You've got to visit here when in the finger lakes!

Victorianbourg Wine Estate (written Jul 02, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

Not very inviting from the outside, old not well maintained building - but don't let that fool you! The staff was very friendly and they knew wine and the region well. The wines were good, not great with a Traminette and dry Rose being the standouts. Don't let the looks fool you or you'll miss an enjoyable visit!

Chateau Niagara Winery (written Jul 02, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

This was a great stop - the old barn is not real appealing, but the grounds are nice and well maintained. The server was one of the owners, and she was very open about the wines and process to make them. The wines are all on the dryer side, with the Riesling and Gewurztraminer being the standouts. Fantastic visit and would highly recommend.

Winery at Marjim Manor, The (written Jul 02, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

This was a neat visit - the old house, the ghost story and of course the cats. Our server was very nice, but she seemed to be scripted and couldn't vary much from the sales pitch about the wines - however she had tried them all and at least offered her insight as to how she found them. The wines were all good - the dry reds and whites where what you would expect but no standouts, and a very large selection of sweet wines. A very good visit overall, and would not pass by if your doing the trail.

Schulze Vineyards & Winery (written Jul 02, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

This visit was just o.k. - the building is one of the nicest on the trail, but that doesn't translate to good wine. The wines were nothing spectacular and the servers were not really all that interested in talking about the wines other than to say "this is one of our most popular". I wouldn't visit again - but wouldn't suggest you don't, maybe you'll have a better experience.

Oliver Winery - Downtown (written Jun 03, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Traminette

We've been to Oliver before, but not the downtown tasting room. I've always enjoyed their wines (they have a large following locally) and since we were in town thought we'd see what was new. The latest Cab release was very good, as well as the newest Traminette. A very well appointed tasting room and friendly, interesting servers make this a must visit if in Bloomington and don't have time to make it to the winery.

Wildcat Creek Winery (written Jun 03, 2017)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Steuben

We stopped in here on a recommendation, and while not disappointed, I just didn't like the ambiance - felt more like a mall than a winery. Very crowded for a Friday afternoon, and lots of kids running around outside (none in the tasting room). Our server seemed disinterested (long busy day?), but did steer us into a nice rose that we wouldn't have tried otherwise. In fact we took a bottle home. So not a completely meh visit. If your in Lafayette - give them a try, you might like them.

Whyte Horse Winery (written Jun 03, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Traminette

We really enjoyed this winery. The old house with the huge porch was very inviting - wish we could have stayed for a bottle and watched the world go by! Our server not only knew the wines inside out, but made recommendations of other local wineries to visit based on what we liked. I am impressed when wineries want to work with each other. while we visited, there was plenty of activity - so the locals must love this place. Absolutely stop by if your in the area!

Fiekerts Homestead Wines (written May 22, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: cabernet, chardonnay

A neat visit to this cute little winery. Ken was very pleasant and took the time to discuss the wines and process in depth - you could tell he had pride in his wine. The cab sauv was excellent, and the chardonnay perfect. When you go to the casino, make sure to take some time for this winery.

Hopwood Cellars Winery (written May 22, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Wow, what a pleasant surprise! We stopped in on a very busy Saturday afternoon - there was an arts and crafts fair on the main street, and still got top shelf service. The wines were very good - the Chardonnay stood out as well as the dry Riesling. Biggest surprise was the semi sweet Chambourcin (we took a bottle home). The winery itself was very nice with a large tasting counter, and the walls well decorated with interesting bits and pieces. A very good visit on a very busy day - highly recommended if you find yourself in Zionsville!

Daniel's Vineyard (written May 22, 2017)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

Favorite Wine: Nothing stood out

I had been hearing good things about this winery, so on a recent trip to Indy decided to check it out. We were the first couple in on a Saturday, and they were not ready for business. O.K. - no big deal, it's happened before. We finally got to the tasting, and as I was questioning our server about the wines, I found she didn't know anything about the products or wine in general. After our tasting, I asked if they had any cheese/meat plates, our server didn't know, however a manager type was walking by and heard the conversation. She assured us they did have charcuterie, and brought us a tray of meat and cheese that looked like it would have been on special at the grocery store. The tray was o.k. - the cheddar stood out, but it was probably the last day it should have been available for sale. The manager type person apologized with the old :we're new and only been open a few weeks". You should try harder especially when new. As for the venue - it looked like more of an event center than a winery. The wine - O.K. - nothing spectacular. An overall meh visit. I won't go out of my way to go back, but if your in the area stop by and judge for yourself.

Harkness Edwards Vineyards (written Mar 26, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Harkness Edwards tasting room is open again (our first visit was right after the fire, we were unaware and they were closed). Glad we got to visit - well worth the wait! All the wines are fantastic, and the tasting room is beautiful with friendly servers. Don't pass this gem up if your in the area.

Black Barn Winery (written Mar 26, 2017)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: VI

We finally got to visit the Black Barn winery. Usually they are only open by reservation, but they were part of the McConnell Springs event - so no reservation req'd! They only do 1 wine a year, a cab/merlot blend. But it is worth the trip to try it. We ended up taking home a 2006 vintage - very smooth and mellow. A nice ride thru horse country gets you there - so don't hesitate to visit!

Pahrump Valley Winery (written Dec 31, 2016)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Stopped in on the way back from Death Valley, great winery - lots of grapes growing on site. Many wines to choose from - fantastic dry reds, decent whites (Chardonnay was very good). We left with the Rose to have in the room when we got back to Las Vegas. Only downside - eight people at the bar, 1 server (2 of them industry folks) - so service was slow and rushed when pouring for the 6 of us remaining.

Klingshirn Winery (written Oct 25, 2016)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We stopped in on Saturday, and found the small winery crowded, but service was good - so were the wines! The Chambourcin was above average, and enjoyed the Riesling too. Very nice visit overall, highly recomended

Owen Valley Winery (written Sep 17, 2016)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Vidal, Persimmon

We took the scenic route from Crawfordsville to Bloomington to try this winery, and glad we did! Fantastic little winery with a killer view, cozy tasting room and friendly enthusiastic vintner who was all to happy to explain all of the history/process in each wine. Absolutely worth going out of your way for! Try the persimmon, you won't be sorry.

Coal Creek Cellars (written Sep 17, 2016)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Great visit - stopped on a slow Friday afternoon and we were treated like old friends! Don't follow your GPS to get here - mine took me to the middle of a field, so we called and got directions. Glad we did. Nice country setting and well appointed tasting room with two of the nicest folks running the tasting counter! As the wines went, they were very good with the Traminette being my favorite (see I do too like sweet wine!)

Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurant (written Sep 17, 2016)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Big disappointment here, but what did I expect from a chain restaurant/winery. The tasting area was nice (a little too snooty for what they are). The wines didn't really stand out as special (nothing I couldn't live without). And please - when I say no to joining your wine club - let it go!

Keel and Curley Winery (written Mar 27, 2016)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

I don't give 2nd reviews of wineries, but this time I have too. We stopped at Keel & Curley on our way to the Orlando airport to fly home. I made a special arrangement in time just for this stop because we had enjoyed this winery several years ago and really wanted to spend some time there (see prior review). What a disappointment! You wouldn't even know it's a winery except for the back wall having some racks of wine. All the signage and the push from the staff was for the brewery. And the staff - they were hurried and uninterested in customers, just slinging beer. I guess the old saying is true - you can't ever go back! I certainly won't be going back to Keel & Curley.

Royal Manor Vineyard and Winery (written Mar 21, 2016)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

What a fun visit! The winery is in a unique location - down a dirt road that isn't well marked, but keep going you'll get there. The building is really neat with 2 attached gazebos on either side for a seating area. The wines are really unique - on the sweet side so be forewarned - but good none the less. They also produce a line of meads that are really good, and you have to try the blueberry port style wine - fantastic! Our server was a lot of fun - knew the product lines forwards and backwards - and made us feel like family. Do not pass this winery by if your in the area!

Log Cabin Farm & Vineyard and Winery (written Mar 21, 2016)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

This winery has a unique appearance when driving up - you see the log cabin and think what a neat tasting room. Only thing is - the tasting room is in the building behind the cabin. Not sure why as it's small (only 2 seats at the counter) and there isn't much in the way of stuff for sale. The wine - they only produce 2 wines - a dry and sweet Muscadine, and sell the Florida Orange Grove wines. Not impressed (our server tried to lead us into believing they made all the wines)by the selections, the grounds were inviting though, and I could have made a purchase and relaxed outside with a bottle if we had a little more time.

Bluefield Estate Winery (written Mar 21, 2016)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Blueberry

An off the beaten path winery near Gainesville, the tasting room doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside is nice and cozy. Nice selection of Blueberry wines, with the dry blueberry being our favorite. Worth a stop if your in the area.

Chateau de Pique (written Feb 13, 2016)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Traminette

We have visited the winery in Seymour, and fell in love with the Traminette and Steuben. The wife wanted some Steuben last evening, and we didn't have time to get to Seymour, so this was our next best option. Tasting room was surprisingly large and busy, the server was great, and of course their fantastic wines. Be sure to stop here when in the area!

Century Farm Winery (written Feb 03, 2016)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

What a nice visit to this winery - we tried a wide variety of wines here, and the owner/vintner was doing the tastings. He was a wealth of information and a lot of fun. There were several couples in the tasting room, and everyone was having fun. The winery itself is small yet cozy, but the grounds were really nice and it would have been fun to sit outside and enjoy some wine (alas we were in a hurry to move on). Highly recommended - don't pass this winery up if your in the area.

Crown Winery (written Feb 03, 2016)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Had an O.K. visit here. The wines were good and the tasting room was spacious and well appointed. However our steward was not very sure of herself, having to read the properties of the wine off the tasting list. There were also several people milling about because they were waiting to inquire about a wedding venue. It's funny, but that's what struck both of us as we entered - another wedding hall disguised as a winery - still worth a visit if your in the area

Red Barn Winery and Vineyards (written Aug 28, 2015)
Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

Very disappointed here! We traveled about 125 miles out of our way to visit this winery (wanted to get the last visit of a wine trail started earlier). We decided we had the time to go off schedule and do this - and am now sorry I did. we arrived at about 3:30 in the afternoon, and stood outside shooting some photo's before entering the building. Upon entering we noticed that no one was around, yet there were 2 phones and a laptop on the counter. we waited about 10 minutes - and figuring the counter person was busy in the processing room, we opened the door and looked around - no one there. My wife then tried to use her cell to call and see if maybe someone was elsewhere on the farm - no service! O.k. - we waited 5 more minutes and still no one showed up, so we decided to leave. I'm sorry, but this is way out of the way for us to get too, and I'm not scheduling another trip just to find nobody home. I can't gage the wine, the farm however was scenic. Too bad, the wine list looked interesting.

Morgan Creek Vineyards and Winery (written Aug 28, 2015)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

First off - fantastic visit! The grounds are well groomed and secluded, the tasting room is spacious with a large tasting counter, and our hostess was fun and friendly. Sorry, all Muscadine wines except for the peach, but still - a must visit!

Corbin Farms Winery (written Aug 28, 2015)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Stopped on a Tuesday afternoon, found the winemaker at the counter, and had a great visit. An interesting guy with a passion for wine making. They import grapes from other parts of the country, and surprisingly - only 1 Muscadine in the crowd. The wines were unique, maybe not for most wine drinkers (done dry mostly) - but did have something for everyone's taste. The building and grounds were pleasant - I could see visiting and taking a bottle outside for the evening. Put Vizzini on your list for sure!

Fruithurst Winery (written Aug 28, 2015)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Blush

Stopped in yesterday - had a blast! The building doesn't look like much from the outside, but don't let that fool you. Inside is large and inviting, the service was perfect - our server was fun, friendly and very knowledgeable on her wine and local history. Only drawback - Muscadine wines (I know, they're not for everybody). We brought home a Blush done in dry style. If your in the area you need to put Fruithurst on your list.

Beans Creek Winery (written Jul 03, 2015)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Fantastic visit, nice chat with young man serving about the complexities of some of their blends. Nice large tasting counter and well appointed gift shop. Favorite wine - Chardonel.

Barrel Run Crossing Winery & Vineyard (written Jun 21, 2015)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Great visit - server was fun and friendly, knew the wines well. Tried a really interesting dry red blend (forget the name).An overall good visit and highly recommended.

Al-Bi Winery (written Jun 21, 2015)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Nice visit with the winemaker,good and informative. We tried a really nice cab and some good fruit wines. Overall a great stop and would recommend if your're in the area, don't pass them by!

St. Julian Wine Company (written May 26, 2015)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another tasting room only in the St. Julian chain - but a great visit. Our 2nd visit (first was Dundee) - so we tried a sampling of wines we skipped a year ago. All the wines were above average. Our server was fun and informed, and we discussed some of the other wineries and their wines (she had 22 years in the business). The tasting room was large - they could handle bus tours easily, and was very well appointed. A must visit if in the area!

Black Star Farms (written May 26, 2015)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Great visit, loved the winery, server was friendly and fun. The wine however was just average - the red blend (5 different grapes) was the standout, the Chardonnay was not bad, but the others not spectacular. Overall a good visit, and I wouldn't pass them by if in the area.

Two EE's Winery (written May 26, 2015)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

First thought when pulling up - another wedding hall posing as a winery. The surprise was - the wines were above average, the dry Traminette being the standout. Our server was exceptionally friendly and knew wine (not just what she was serving). The winery was nicely appointed and very modern looking in architechture/interior design. I still couldn't get past that winery as a sideline feel though (not sure why). Stop in and try it for yourself - and don't miss the Traminette!

Satek Winery (written May 26, 2015)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

The wines here were above average, but nothing really jumped out as special. The winery was nice and cozy, with a spacious outdoor seating area. Our server on the other hand left a lot to be desired - didn't speak a word other than to repeat the name of the wine being poured when looking at our tasting list. Overall experience of "meh" - but I would still stop in if in the area (your experience may vary!)

Briali Vineyards & Winery (written May 26, 2015)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Fantastic visit! We arrived 15 minutes before closing, but were still given the 6 wine tasting, complete with all the back stories/information on each wine. We weren't rushed in any way, and left well after closing time. Brought home a bottle of the Malvisia, as it was completely different than anything we tried that day. The tasting room is nicely appointed - and had a really nice stained glass window. Definitely put this winery on your list when in the area!

Salt Creek Winery (written May 12, 2015)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Stopped in this weekend and had a great visit. Our server was very pleasant, and knew the wines inside out. The scenery out the back is fantastic - one of the prettiest views in Indiana. The wines weren't bad either - brought home a Cab and a Moscato. Worth the trip!

Purple Toad Winery (written May 03, 2015)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Not sure where to start - overall great experience. The wines have a great range from outstanding dry (Chardonnay rules!) to above average fruit wines (the blackberry is fantastic). A little something for everyone. And our server was fun, friendly and knew the wines well. A must do when in the area.

Holly Ridge Winery and Vineyard (written Feb 01, 2015)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 2 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

I thought this place was closed, then the older gentleman (vintner/owner) came out and greeted us. He was very pleasant, and fun to talk with. However - this winery has seen better days. I would not suggest going a long distance to get here - or make it your only destination. The Traminette was a surprise, but many of the other wines were lackluster.

Highland Manor Winery (written Feb 01, 2015)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

The winery has very nice grounds - would love to have seen it in the spring! The lady working the tasting counter was rushed (they were busy) but kept up. The wines however were not that great. The Chardonnays were so oaky that all you could taste was the smoke of the char in the barrel. The reds were too tanniny - made them rather blah. I don't think I would go back unless I was in the exact neighborhood - but as always give them a try for yourself.

DelMonaco Winery (written Feb 01, 2015)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Not one of our favorite stops. The winery is quite large, and appears to be more of a wedding facility than winery. The wines were not that good - the 2 dry white blends were rather tasteless, the Cab over oaked. The only standout was a Riesling and it was just O.K. The staff seemed disinterested and rushed everyone through the tasting, although they did give good information on the blends and terroirs of the grapes for each wine. Overall just an average stop, but I won't go out of my way to come back - you might see it differently!

Stonehaus Winery (written Feb 01, 2015)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

All I can say is wow! Great winery - lots of wine related knick knacks, super friendly and knowledgeable staff, large inviting tasting counter. Loved the sparkling Seyval Blanc (brought some home along with the Orange Squeeze). A must do if your in the area!

Chestnut Hill Winery (written Feb 01, 2015)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

First stop on a busy day (6 wineries on itinerary). I found the Chardonnay good, but not a standout. Most of the wines are Muscadine save the fruit wines, so don't expect a true gem. Winery was large - great serving counter space. Server wasn't much in the personality department, but wasn't rude either. Overall a good visit - I'd put them on your list if traveling in the area.

Georgia Winery, The (written Jan 02, 2015)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: all too sweet for me

finally got to visit a Georgia winery on the way to Florida. Large well appointed tasting room, lots of knick knacks and a friendly staff. A little pushy on the "health benefits of organic wine" (not sure I've had a non-organic wine!). All the wines were sweet, including the supposed "so dry most people don't like it" red blend. Overall an O.K. winery, just not a fan of the sweetness. I suggest you stop and try for yourself - it breaks up a long trip nicely.

Rosa Fiorelli Winery (written Jan 02, 2015)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Had a great visit - small winery, but plenty of atmosphere. Vintners wife was doing the tastings, and was very pleasant and a lot of fun. Wines were good for Muscadine - I'd go back!

Oliver Winery (written Oct 19, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Stopped in yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. I assumed that all these wines would be ghastly sweet, since that's all we see on the shelves around here. Were we wrong - they have some really nice dry wines, a very good selection overall - something for everyone. It was very crowded (IU home football weekend) and kind of slow on the service, but I'll give them a break on that. The grounds are very pretty with 3 levels of outside seating. They give tours about every half hour - don't miss that if you haven't done it before. Even with the crowd an overall great visit.

Butler Winery & Vineyard (written Oct 19, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Stopped in yesterday after shooting fall leaves in Brown County - great visit! The owners were very friendly, the winery nice and inviting and the wines were very good. We brought home a bottle of the Vidal - Thanks!

Chateau du Vieux Corbeau (written Oct 05, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We stopped in yesterday and had a wonderful visit! The winery is large and well appointed with a spacious tasting bar. Our host/vintner Dominique was very entertaining and the wines were very good. The Reserve Chardonnay was excellent and the Vidal fantastic. A must visit if your in the area!

First Vineyard (written Sep 29, 2014)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Liked the Reisling, but they don't produce it.

Neat little winery, very friendly people - but a little disappointed that they don't make their own wine. A nice stop if your in the area.

Blue Heron Vineyards & Winery (written Sep 14, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: All of them!

Wow!!! We arrived at Blue Heron 15 minutes before closing, and Gary met us at the parking lot. I asked if we still had time for a tasting, and he said sure - come on in! So glad we did. The winery is located at the top of a very tall hill overlooking the Cannelton dam on the Ohio river. The view from the deck is spectacular and well worth the trip. And the wines - fantastic! Every one of them. Gary had done Chambourcin 3 different ways and all were great. And I'm not a big fan of that grape. The Edelweiss was also excellent, and Gary explained a lot about the wines/process and threw in a few nuggets of wisdom along with the tasting. One of our best visits in a long time! Thanks for taking the time with us, even though we were stragglers. Oh, and don't miss the big Celtic Cross cut in the limestone - impressive. Everybody needs to visit this winery.

Monkey Hollow Winery (written Sep 14, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Visited Monkey Hollow today, was very busy, but not so busy that customer service should be lacking. There was a waiting line to get to the tasting counter, but they seemed to be getting through quickly, so our turn comes up and we get a new employee as a server. That's fine - everyone needs to start somewhere and the young man was trying. He wasn't the problem. problem was the bossy young woman who yanked him away from us so he could open bottles for her while she didn't interrupt her tasting group (but what about us?). She then told him to go get more wine out of the back while we still stood there waiting. Eventually the manager comes over and finishes our tasting (we only had 1 of 6 left)and complains that the young man wasn't working hard. I corrected her and she just rolled her eyes. First time in a year I've left a winery without taking something home - oh and it wasn't a great loss - the wines weren't that good. The winery setting was nice - way out in the country. I know we all have our bad days, and I have cut some slack for very busy visits before, but I didn't care for the managers/other servers attitude toward the young man who was serving us. I doubt I'll be back here anytime soon.

Chuckleberry Farm & Winery (written Sep 06, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Visited today for the first time - and it won't be the last. The young lady working the tasting room was fantastic - very friendly, always smiling and knew the wines forward and backward. The farm setting is very nice, and they were set up for a wedding at the lake gazebo or I'd have run down there for a few photo's. Now for the wines - pinot noir from estate grown grapes and the rest fruit wines. Try the pear - you won't believe how good it is!

Springhill Winery and Plantation Bed and Breakfast (written Aug 31, 2014)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Chardonnay

Stopped in today to taste the wines, and was pleasantly surprised! The location of the winery is beautiful and easy to find right off the Bluegrass Pkwy. Our server was friendly and a lot of fun and really knew the wines well. All the wines were great - the Chardonnay was fresh and not over oaked, the Cabernet was perfect and the Riesling was spot on. we also tried the Mead (our server insisted!) - wow - not overly sweet with a hint of cinnamon on the finish. Will absolutely be back and you should put them on your list too.

Turtle Run Winery (written Aug 31, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Our visit to Turtle Run was very nice - the lady pouring was very attentive and knew the wines well. The wines were all decent, with the Cab Franc standing out as well as a Chambourcin that was very good. The grounds are well kept and it looks like a great place to take a picnic. Overall visit was very good!

Castle Hill Winery (written Aug 29, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

We stopped on a Saturday afternoon around 3 p.m. - not a soul around but the building was wide open. We could hear vacuuming in the back, and decided to see if the person working could help us find the server. Turns out that's who we encountered. The tasting was pleasant - the tasting room is cavernous (they hold weddings here). The front entry foyer is large and full of neat nick-nacks. The wine was good, but not spectacular. We brought home a bottle of the Castle Red - a smooth blend with light oakiness. Overall a good visit.

Maize Valley Winery (written Jul 14, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

The winery is a bit odd - being a "farm market" - but still a nice visit. The folks are all very friendly and helpful, the wines good - especially liked the Chardonnay and Cab. Sauv. Worth a visit if your in the area.

Wyandotte Winery (written Jul 14, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Our visit to Wyandotte was very pleasant - the wines were fantastic (loved the unoaked Chardonnay)the servers were friendly and happy and the winery very nice. We'll be back when in Columbus, you should try them also!

Brothers Drake Meadery (written Jul 14, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

I have found that I am starting to enjoy the Mead's - and Brothers Drake was very good. I especially liked the peach - not overstated, yet refreshing and fruity. Worth a stop if you like Mead!

Old Mason Winery & Vineyard (written Jul 06, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We visited Old Mason in Jan. 14 and had a very good time (despite the snow)! The owners were working the tasting counter and were very friendly and knowledgeable about wine. The tasting was very good - we loved the dry Riesling as well as the cabernet, and we also liked the shy smile - try it for yourself! The building was very nice, and the loft was cool, but didn't care for the gravel parking lot (I'm sure it won't be that way on the nest visit - we've had a horrible winter). All in all a great fun stop - highly recommended!

Majestic Oak Winery (written Jul 06, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We stopped in Majestic Oak on our way to Michigan - well worth the side trip! They were having an outdoor barbecue when we stopped, and were busy, but the tasting counter was quick and the server friendly. You got a neat little basket with your wine selections in little "mini" decanters in a basket, so we went outside and sat at a picnic table and enjoyed them. The wines were good, and the grounds inviting.

M Cellars (written Jul 06, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

I tried the wines of M Cellars at a wine festival - the four they brought with them were very good. Matt was working the booth, and we had a great conversation. They're Merlot was good, the Chardonnay better. I plan to visit the winery on my next trip to Geneva - and I highly recommend the product.

Good Vibes Winery (written Jul 06, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Riesling

We visited Good Vibes back in March, just saw they're now listed. Tony was working when we stopped and he shared his passion for winemaking with us as we worked our way thru the tasting sheet. Loved the Merlot, Cab and Riesling. A great stop if your in the Westerville area.

Caesar Creek Vineyards (written Jul 06, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A nice little winery out in the country, very relaxing porch and a helpful friendly staff along with some very good wine made this a great stop. Loved the Caesar's Red - we'll stop back soon!

Plum Run Winery (written Jul 05, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Visited Plum Run back in March of 14, Owners daughter was working the tasting counter - very friendly, knew the wines inside out and gave us a heads up on some great food. The wines were excellent, and the winery is really neat - but watch for the entrance - it's off of the side street. Great visit and highly recommended!

Cedar Creek Winery (written Jun 23, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We visited here in early October 2013, and with all the leaf peeping going on in Brown County there was a good crowd in Nashville. we were already familiar with the wines from visiting the vineyards, and the tasting room and staff were excellent. You've got to stop here when your in Nashville.

Cedar Creek Winery (written Jun 23, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Merlot

A great little winery out in the country, with a very friendly staff. The wines were good with one standout. The Merlot had a nice dry intake, but finished sweet. We've never had it in that style before, and it was very good (so good we brought a bottle home!).

Signature Wines (written Jun 15, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A private label wine maker, but the offerings at the wine festival were awesome - the best Malbec I've had from an Ohio producer! The attendants/winemaker were great folks, too bad the booth was so busy - I'd like to have chatted more!

It's Your Winery (written Jun 15, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A nice visit with these folks at the wine festival - I tried the Cab. Sauv. and the Gewurztraminer, both were fantastic. The guys working the booth were fantastic, we'll stop here for sure on our next trip to the area.

Grand River Cellars (written Jun 15, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We visited with Grand River Cellars at the Grove City wine festival. The wines were very good - the Riesling was great and the Pinot Noir was fantastic. The next trip to lake Erie they are a must visit!

Chateau Tebeau Winery (written Jun 15, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We visited Chateau Tebeau at the Grove City wine festival - and wow, was I impressed. I talked with Bob at length about their wines and had a good conversation about this harsh winter and what it had done to the vines. I sampled the Frontenac and the Traminette, both were excellent. Bob was passionate about his Frontenac, and it showed in the quality of the wine. I am putting them on the list for a tasting room visit very soon!

Camelot Cellars, Ltd. (written Jun 15, 2014)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

We visited Camelot at the Grove City wine festival. The wines offered there were fruit wines made in the "style" of traditional grape wine. Nothing wrong with that, just not grape wines. I tried the Green Apple Riesling - it was O.K. but not something I'd take home. Overall not a bad visit, just not what I expected.

Buckeye Winery (written Jun 15, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Visited Buckeye Winery at the Grove City wine festival, and they had some decent wines. The Cabernet was excellent, however the Niagara seemed a bit off (could have been too warm). The folks working the booth were cheerful, friendly and knew wine. I'll have to visit the tasting room as soon as I get a chance.

Smith-Berry Winery (written Jun 02, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Cheviot

Tried Smith today at a wine festival in NKY - they did not have all of their wines, but what they did have were excellent. 2 young girls were manning the counter, one in training (but seemed eager to learn) - so not a lot of wine experience but knew their product. best taste today was the Cheviot (dry white blend) followed by the Vidal (semi dry, perfect floral nose and citrus finish). Overall very positive experience. Will have to visit the winery soon!

Verona Vineyards (written Jun 01, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dornfelder

Excellent winery - and great owners. The wines here are on the dryer end of the spectrum, however they have something for the sweet wine drinkers as well. The tasting room is neat and large, with nice seating outside where you can sit and watch the horses. Try the Dornfelder - one of the best we've tried! This should be on your must do list when visiting the area.

Redman’s Farm Winery (written Jun 01, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another new winery in the Northern Kentucky area. The wines here are above average and the owners are friendly and enjoy what they are doing - you'll feel at home here.

Rose Hill Farm Winery (written Jun 01, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Chardonel

This winery is only a few years old, but are making some fantastic wines! The dry's are excellent and their sweet wines are super - something for everyone's taste. The ladies working the tasting room were fun and enjoyed what they were doing. A must visit if your in the area!

Mcintyre's Winery & Berries (written Jun 01, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Blueberry

Tried their wines at a wine festival - all fruit wines (Blueberry, Elderberry, Blackberry and Raspberry). All wines done dry, semi dry and sweet. The dry Blueberry was fantastic. Next trip to the Bardstown area we will stop in for a visit!

Grimes Mill Winery (written Jun 01, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Cabernet, Merlot

Fantastic first visit here - the wines are excellent, and Danny our server was fun and informative. The tasting room is nice and cozy with seating area around a fireplace that was full when we got there. A must do in the Lexington area!

Forest Edge Winery (written Jun 01, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Chardonnay

The tasting room here is large and friendly, and they had an area just inside the door prior to entering the tasting room for the kids (nice idea!). The girl doing our tasting was great - she knew what she was doing and didn't sound as if she were reading from a script when describing our pours. the wines were good, but nothing really jumped out as special. Overall a great stop - check them out if your travelling through!

Cave Valley Winery (written Jun 01, 2014)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

We visited this winery over a busy weekend with the gun center - there were several trucks in the parking lot selling guns/parts/hunting accessories. Kinda neat (I like to shoot). Now for the winery - they are just reselling other wineries wines at the moment - so really not a review of their wines. What they did have were all sweet wines. The tasting room was probably really classy at one time, but during our visit was looking a little run down (think 70's restaurant lounge that hasn't been updated). The girl serving knew nothing about the wine she poured other than that they didn't make them. Overall not a bad experience, and if your in the park visit for yourself.

Best Vineyards Winery (written Jun 01, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Chardonel

Did not visit winery in person, we met these great folks at a wine festival. The 2 girls working the event were very friendly and knew the wines inside out. They had 6 wines and a slushie available, and tried 3 of the wines - very good! I liked the Chardonel best, my wife liked the dry red blend. After tasting what they had and the great talk about the winery and the area they are in - these guy's are on the list to visit in the future. Thanks Best Vineyard!

Chateau Aeronautique Winery (written May 27, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

The tasting room here is really unique - a large enclosed gazebo. They sit on the edge of a private airfield which is also neat. The wines are all on the dry side, and unfortunately, nothing really stood out as exceptional (to us anyway). A really good visit overall, but could have done without Lorenzo coming in and announcing to everyone that he had just at that minute flown in from France with 4 other winemakers who had spent the week traveling the French and German wine regions. No one was impressed. If your in the area, stop by and visit - maybe something on the list will dazzle you.

Sandhill Crane Vineyards (written May 27, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

A very good stop, the wines were great, the staff friendly and knew the wines well. A little too commercial for my taste, but everyone was having a fantastic time. I wouldn't pass this up if you're in the area.

Lone Oak Vineyard Estate (written May 27, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Even though I agree that the grounds are in sad shape, I did not mind the interior of the winery - I thought it was cozy and comfortable. We sat out on the deck and did our tasting and found the wines interesting - not great but certainly drinkable. The other groups of people out on the deck were ordering food, and it looked great and everyone seemed happy with their selections. I found the owners to be friendly, and we didn't wait long for our wine. We had an overall great experience here and we would go back. And this wasn't the first winery we've been to that was in a "modular home", however the grounds were pretty uninviting - maybe a little work here is needed. it's still worth a stop if your in the area and like to try new wines/wineries.

Pentamere Winery (written May 27, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Great visit here - the wines were excellent and something for everyone. Nate was a very good host and knew the wines well (he even stayed after normal closing hours to let us finish our tasting). the old building in the center of town is a nice touch, and I liked the "cut-out" in the floor to see the tanks and wine making area. A must see if in the area.

J. Trees Cellars (written May 27, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

What a great time we had here - excellent wine, great server and some awesome food! The wines are on the dry side but not so dry that sweet drinkers would cringe. After tasting we both had a paninni, and they were super! you shouldn't pass this winery up if your in the area. We will visit again.

St. Julian Wine Company (written May 27, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Cab Franc, Traminette

Our first stop at a Michigan tasting room was definitely worth it! I wasn't expecting much from St. Julian because the wines available in our area are all sweet. Wow - was I wrong - they have great dry wines. And Will was a gracious host. I can't wait to go to the winery some day.

Soine Vineyards (written Apr 06, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Soliel

Very nice visit yesterday, fun friendly atmosphere and great wine. Our server was very busy (more customers than seats at the tasting counter) but kept up well and had time to explain the wines and their characteristics. Great place to put on your list of wineries to visit.

Shamrock Vineyard (written Apr 06, 2014)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Traminette, Marichal Foch

Had a fantastic visit here yesterday! When we first walked in, I thought wow - a tasting at the dining room table. One other couple was seated and halfway through their tasting as we sat down to start ours. The owner/vintner was pouring and didn't miss a thing. While there 2 other separate parties came in to buy cases of the Buckeye Red. It's popular in this area (a little sweet for us but not bad) and we were told it's a favorite at Ohio State tailgate parties by one of the case buyers. They are in the process of moving the tasting room to a new building - I hope they keep the dining room table theme!

Jean Farris Winery & Bistro (written Jan 19, 2014)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Riesling/Hell Hound

Just visited for the first time, had the place to ourselves which made for a very personal tasting experience. Wines were good, a little pricy. The atmosphere was fantastic - we'll be back!

Huber Orchard and Winery (written Dec 22, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Chardonnel, Vignoles

What an interesting place, commercial yet homey. The tasting loft is really neat, and being Christmas time was decorated nicely! The wine counter was jammed full, but the steward allowed us to squeeze in to get our tasting, and eventually a large group finished and we could get up to the bar. The wines were good, however we were disappointed in the Cab's - they seemed off on several qualities. The whites however were great, and I even found a sweet wine that wasn't gaggy in the Vignoles. overall a great visit - one you should definitely put on your list.

River City Winery (written Dec 22, 2013)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

Favorite Wine: hoosier red

First the good - really neat old building, nice history and some great information from the person who was not "officially" working the bar. The wines were O.K. - not great but certainly not bad. The food looked great, and we were going to dine there, but chose not to which leads to the bad. The young man who started our tasting explained that he was not the wine counter person, and that he would start us (thumbs up - great knowledgeable guy)but the other person would be with us shortly. The counter person shows up, sees we have a tasting going and says he will be right with us. He then walks back and forth the entire length of the bar several times before going back toward the kitchen to eat some pizza with another employee. A 2nd couple then walks up and he comes down to get them started (walking past us) and spends the next 10 minutes with them. Not a big problem until he leaves them, walks right past us again and back to the kitchen area to continue his lunch. My wife is now pissed, gets up and we put the cash for our tasting on the bar and start to leave. The original person (not working the bar) comes over and asks if we'd like to finish our tasting while counter boy stands in the kitchen watching as if nothing's wrong. I know places have good and bad days, and we probably caught them on a bad day, but this is a 3 hour drive for us to get here, and we won't be back. Sorry - you guy's missed out on a lunch sale and at least 1 bottle of wine.

Sinking Valley Vineyard and Winery (written Nov 05, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Nice friendly staff, most of the wines are on the sweet side - not my favorites, but still pleasant and enjoyable.

Cedar Creek Vineyards & Butcher (written Oct 27, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Fantastic wine from a small and cozy winery - very good reds and a nice fruit wine.

Winzerwald Winery (written Aug 26, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Nice cozy little winery. The staff were great. The wines were a little sweet for my liking, but still came away with 2 favorites - Vidal and the Pinot Meunier (Black Riesling).

Windy Knoll Winery (written Aug 26, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another great stop on a long wine weekend. The tasting room is fantastic, and the staff was very friendly. Our server knew the wines well, and they were superb! My favorite was the Seyval, my wife liked the Foch best. Well worth the drive!

Harmony Winery (written Aug 26, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A neat little place that was lot's of fun. The owner/vintner was on hand and we had quite the discussion about their wines - which are very good! Nebbiolo was my favorite, my wife loved the "C" Major Cabernet.

French Lick Winery (written Aug 26, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Really fun stop - highly recommended! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the tasting room is cozy and well appointed. Our favorite wines were the Norton and Traminette - my wife also like the Leon Millot.

Indian Creek Winery (written Aug 26, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another excellent find on a long trip - the vintner was working the tasting counter and was fun to talk with, and the wines were really good. Loved the Dry Creek Red and Misty Meadow.

Carousel Winery (written Aug 26, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Anglianico

Really nice visit - the staff were very friendly and helpful. Everyone was having a good time, and the wines were excellent. Will visit again!

Chateau de Pique (written Aug 26, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: dry Chardonel, Vignoles

Really enjoyed the tasting room, and the server was well versed in the wines offered. All the wines we sampled were great, with the dry Chardonel being our favorite.

Troutman Vineyards (written Aug 20, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Great winery, super friendly staff. Wines are excellent - liked the Lemberger and Vidal. must do if your in the area!

Stoney Ridge Winery (written Aug 20, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Fantastic tasting room with a great view of the pond. Staff were very friendly and knew their wines well. Overall wines were above average - good dry and sweet varieties for everyone!

Brooks Hill Winery (written Aug 18, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Very nice wines, neat tasting room. Wines re on the drier side, but very good for you sweet drinkers - I think you'll enjoy them. Server was very friendly and knew the wines/process. Thanks for a great visit!

Brandeberry Winery (written Jul 16, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

very nice location, tasting room very well appointed. Staff was friendly which is always a plus. The wines were above average. Worth a visit if your in the area.

Stone Crest Vineyard (written Jul 16, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Really nice folks working the counter, lots of fun! The winery and grounds were nice and well kept. The wines were above average, liked the Cab Sauv best.

Winery at Wolf Creek (written Jul 16, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Loved the Foch - very nice! The rest of the wines were average. very friendly staff considering the crowd. Will visit again!

Belle Meade Winery (written Jul 08, 2013)
Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

We stopped here at 3 in the afternoon on Saturday, and were informed that the grounds were closed for the day. When I asked about the winery, I was informed by a very snotty person that the "Grounds Are Closed". I won't come back - Thanks Belle Meade!

Sumner Crest Winery (written Jul 08, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

This winery felt too commercial, our server didn't know what grapes made up the Pink Passion, and the wines were fairly normal - only standouts were Pink Passion and Robertson King. Easy stop off the highway, so don't pass them up.

Long Hollow Winery and Vineyards (written Jul 08, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Very interesting winery, great wines and friendly hosts! Definately worth a stop.

Arrington Vineyards (written Jul 08, 2013)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

We stopped here on the 5th on our way to Nashville. Very beautiful grounds and winery, small tasting room and EXTREMELY crowded. We had to wait 45 minutes for a tasting, and were then rushed through our 4 selections. What we both tasted (8 different between the 2 of us) was fairly unimpressive. The White Chambourcin was unique, but not special. Like everybody says - great view.

Crocker Farm Winery (written Jul 08, 2013)
Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

Tried to stop here - address is a long gravel driveway to nowhere. No signs or evidence that anything is/was here.

Reid's Livery Winery (written Jul 08, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

This winery is a little out of the way, but definately worth the trip. The wines are done differently than most, almost all on the dry side. Even the fruit wines are dry, with the exception of the peach - and the sweet wine drinkers will love it! The tasting room is in an old 4 room farm house, and the grounds are very well maintained. The staff (Rex and Dianne) were very friendly and welcoming, and let us take our time photographing the flowers and horses and playing with their kitten. Wonderful visit!

Wight-Meyer Vineyard and Winery (written Jul 08, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Stopped here while traveling on the 4th, found the tasting room busy - but our hostess (the owners wife) kept up with everyone. The wines were o.k. (slightly on the sweet side), but nothing jumped out as special. The winery and grounds were nicely appointed, and the service friendly. Thanks!

MillaNova Winery (written Jul 08, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We had a great visit on the 4th - the wines were all above average, with the standout Mint Julia (gimmicky, but I had to try it). The dry Reisling was also very good (brought that one home with me). The winery itself is very nice, the grounds nicely kept and the staff was friendly. Thanks for the great visit.

Broad Run Vineyards (written Jul 08, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Chardonnay

Don't judge this winery by the outside appearance of the tasting room - come inside and be wowed at the fantastic wines! We stopped on July 4th, and found ourselves alone with the undivided attention of the steward, who had stories behind every wine served. All were excellent! A fantastic time - don't pass them by.

Three Brothers Wineries & Estates (written Jun 25, 2013)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

TOURISTY - extremely touristy. And the wines were below average (cool aid with alcohol). We stopped only because I had seen some photo's of the wineries and it sounded interesting. Too many REALLY drunk folks bumbling around, loud obnoxious women and 20 something's run amok. If you want to get blasted (and sometimes I do - not judging, just reporting my experience), then this is the place for you. Please though, get a DD. When I was in my 20's I'd have loved this place. Thanks!

White Springs Farm Estate Winery (written Jun 24, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Visited this winery late in the afternoon, construction was going on for new beer room, so a little noisy, and server was distracted. Wines were average, though not too sweet.

Highland Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Quaint little place, the server was very friendly and knew his wines. The tasting room was cozy and well lit. The wines were just average, nothing special jumped out. Thanks!

Glenora Wine Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Very large tasting room, very friendly informative staff. Above average wines - the Chardonnay stood out. Fantastic grounds and view of the lake! Thanks!

Zugibe Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Simply awesome! Great wines, great server and fantastic views! Loved the Dry Riesling and the Gewurztraminer - some of the best we had on our visit. Highly recommended!

Wagner Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

I just didn't care for Wagner. Can't put my finger on it - maybe the server and the girl up front arguing over how the tastings were explained to everyone (not just us), or the rushed tasting experience. Could also be that the front desk was somewhat surly over whether you were there for beer or wine - hurry it up. The wines weren't that spectacular either. Not any one thing was negative - but I think the combination was a turn-off. I might give them another chance on my next visit to the lakes. Thanks!

Sheldrake Point Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

The wines here were dry to the pretentious side, which made them not all that great. And the server was full of herself too. The tasting room was nice, and the view was pretty, but the ambiance was that of a library - just too stuffy.

Rooster Hill Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Only winery I didn't buy wine at - partly the average taste of the wines, and the crabbiness of the wine steward. The winery overall was nice, and a good view of the lake, but the wines were just not that great. You might have a different experience, so try away!

Red Newt Cellars and Bistro (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

I kind of got the same impression as others - more interested in the bistro than the wine counter, and our server acted like the 8 people there were beneath her level of wine understanding. Also a lot of emphasis on how they "exclusively" have the best grape growers in the region tied into contracts for their wines. Mentioned it 3 or 4 times. BFD - grow all your own, not just some of them. The wines were only average anyway. Other than that we had an O.K. time, and I won't suggest you stay away (quite the contrary - I think you should try all the wineries). They just won't be at the top of my list on my next trip to the lakes.

Ravines Wine Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Chardonnay

The wines here are definitely dry, I found them to be very good and the Chardonnay was excellent as well as the dry Riesling. Our server was the vintner, and he was a wealth of information. The winery was well appointed and had a very nice view of the lake. If you like dries - you have to visit. If you like sweets - well, stop and try them out, you never know what you'll find if you don't try! Thanks!

Prejean Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Last stop of the day, and the staff was still warm and friendly! The wines were above average, but nothing really jumped out as special. The views were nice, and the tasting room inviting and uncluttered. Nice visit!

Miles Wine Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Lost Weekend

The grounds make this winery! The tasting counter is classy, the server was fun and knew his wines, and yes - we got the ghost story. We enjoyed the atmosphere so much we took some cheese and crackers and a bottle of Lost Weekend down to the lake side and sat for about an hour. Very relaxing! One of our favorite spots, and next trip will be sure to stop back. Thanks!

McGregor Vineyard Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: gewurtraminer

The neatest tasting we did on our trip - they seat you and then serve your wine with different flavored bites to showcase the wines. Very good wines, very friendly staff and great views make this a stop you don't want to miss.

Lucas Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Small and friendly atmosphere with some above average wines. The winery and grounds were very well maintained, and the staff was just fantastic. Put this one on your list.

Leidenfrost Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Riesling

Don't let the remodeling run you off, or you'll miss one of the best wineries on the lakes! The wines were excellent, and our server (the vintner) was fun and refreshingly honest. The view off the deck was great, and if we had more time would have purchased a bottle and sat out there gazing at the lake for a while. Highly recommended - don't miss this one!

Lakeshore Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A nice visit - the wines were above average, the staff friendly and courteous, and the grounds were warm and inviting. Will go back to.

Keuka Spring Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Riesling

The Rieslings here are fantastic! That said, the winery itself is very nice, the view of Keuka is fantastic, the staff very friendly and know their wines well. Fairly crowded when we visited, but everyone had a good time! Highly recommended!

Keuka Lake Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

This winery doesn't look like much from the outside, but don't let that fool you! Excellent wines served up by a fun and friendly staff. The view of the lake is nice also. Worth a stop.

Hunt Country Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

First stop of the day - and 2 other couples already there. Owner was giving a tour to those that wanted to go, we tasted instead. Very good wines, our server was friendly and knew his wines, and the winery and grounds were very pretty and inviting. Nice stop!

Heron Hill on Seneca Lake (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

This is a satellite tasting room and wine sales depot for the main winery on Keuka lake.

Heron Hill Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Riesling, Game Bird Blush

This place is like a chapel to wine! The view of Keuka is awesome, the winery itself is the most impressive I've been to, and the wines are excellent. Our server was taking care of 8 people at the same time, and managed to stay focused, engaged and entertaining - he seemed to enjoy what he was doing. This is a must stop on your Finger Lakes visit!

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

This stop was just amazing for the wine - the quality was unbelievable! The old barn was nice, but not unique - there are several other wineries set up just like this. Our server was very informative about the wines and the wine making process, but struck me as not really all that friendly (3 couples and we all felt the same). Otherwise a very good visit - you should put this on your list of must do's.

Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We got here early and there was already a crowd! I knew from other reviews that the wines tended toward the sweet side, and was surprised when I found several dries to my liking. The atmosphere was lively and we had fun, but our servers seemed to be frazzled and the day was just starting. Overall a good experience, glad I chose to stop and not pass this one by.

Fulkerson Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We stopped in early and were the only customers, so we got fantastic attention from our server - who really knew his stuff! The winery is really neat, and the view is awesome. Oh, and the wines - some of the best on Seneca!

Fox Run Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Another gem on Seneca, friendly staff and great wines combined for an excellent experience!

Americana Vineyards Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Very nice winery, friendly staff and great wines made this a fantastic visit. Our server knew his wines and was one of the friendliest we met on our odyssey.

Dr. Konstantin Frank's Vinifera Wine Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Riesling

Wonderful! The wines were just fantastic - the dry Riesling and gewürztraminer were excellent. Our attendant was very well schooled in wines and even suggested some that weren't on our tasting sheet that were great. The winery itself seemed relaxed and friendly, not stuffy and uppity. The view of Keuka was spectacular also. I will return here!

Chateau Renaissance Wine Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

Wow - this place must have been something years ago, but now - not so much! The building is old and showing signs of being run down, the tasting room smells musty and of dog (2 basset hounds live inside). The wines were average, with the dry Riesling standing out. The owner was working the counter, and she was friendly and knew the wines well. Maybe if they updated the tasting counter and did some cleaning/remodeling this place might come back into style.

Castel Grisch Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Very nice winery with spectacular view of Seneca. The wines are above average, and the servers are friendly and knowledgeable. Next time we'll try lunch on the deck!

Bully Hill Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

O.K. - this place is strictly commercial - great for novice wine tourists. That said - we still had a good tasting experience here. The wines are average (yep, and sweet too), the grounds are fantastic and interesting and the view is one of the best. Our server didn't really seem like he enjoyed what he was doing, and spent little time trying to educate on the wines - bad for the newbies! Overall though, a good time. Don't take them off your list - but I can say "been there, done that".

Barrington Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

We found some nice wines here, the view was great, and the service friendly and helpful. Thanks!

Penn Shore Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

The wines here were on the sweet side (nothing wrong with that, just noting). Our server was waiting on us and 2 other couples - but kept up. The winery had more of a gift shop feel than an actual tasting room.

Lakeview Wine Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Very friendly owners, nice lake view, neat sand filled bar tops with sand from beaches around the world and good wine make this a great stop.

Presque Isle Wine Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Riesling

I have to admit I was surprised by the quality of the wines - excellent! All the others in the area we visited were on the sweet side - but Presque Isle nailed all their dry offerings as well as the semi-dry and sweet. I loved the old house and our server was very pleasant and knew her wines! Worth the trip - put them on your list for sure!

Heritage Wine Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A decent winery with above average wines, a friendly staff and nice grounds. none of the wines stood out as great, but several were good.

Arrowhead Wine Cellars (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

The tasting room is in a combined storefront area (mini-mall). The wines were on the sweet side, even the dries. The girl doing the serving was just pouring with no description - just repeating the name of the wine as she poured. They did have a decent gift shop.

Yellow Butterfly Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Vidal

Fantastic time here! We walked in to do a tasting right at dinner time, and were informed that there was an opening if we'd like to have dinner. Glad we did - it was excellent! The wines were very good, and the staff very friendly. The grounds a very well kept, and the alpaca's were fun to watch as we ate dinner. We'll definitely go back!

Broad Run Cheesehouse and Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We had a good time here - the servers were a lot of fun! The overall feel is very commercial, but the friendliness of the staff made you feel like you were in a smaller winery. The wines were just average and definitely on the sweet side. If I'm on I-77 again, I'll stop in.

St. Joseph Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

Wines were average, dry but average. Our server walked off in the middle of the tasting to attend to a friend that just walked in (with no explanation), and we were standing there ready to leave when the other person standing there decided maybe she should wait on us. She was unfriendly (apparently annoyed at having to finish server 1's tasting). So we left discouraged. The winery itself is very nice. I don't think I'd go back, but don't take them off your list because I had a bad experience.

School House Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Very neat location! Owner was serving and was very delightful. The wines were surprisingly good - I expected sweet everything - but there were several really good wines. If I'm in the area I'll definitely stop back.

Raven's Glenn Winery & Italian Restaurant (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: nothing stood out

A commercial feel with a rushed tasting. The wines were average, nothing struck us as special. The grounds are well taken care of and the tasting counter is classy. Our attendant acted as if she would rather be anywhere else but work, and was basically reading a script for the description of the wines. All in all an O.K. time, I wouldn't take them off a list of places to go.

Harpersfield Vineyard (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: gewurtraminer

The wines here tend more to the dry - I like that but sweet wine drinkers might be disappointed. The grounds are fantastic and the surroundings quiet and relaxing. Our server was very pleasant and knew the wines well.

Deer’s Leap Winery (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Chardonnay

The building doesn't look like much from the outside, but inside is very nice. The girls working the counter were extremely pleasant and happy. The wines tended to be sweet, but the Chardonnay was above average. Overall fun place and I would visit again!

Debonne Vineyards (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Nice winery, tasting lacked from server having zero interest in what was going on (and little plastic cups on a tray - a Northern Ohio thing apparently).

Breitenbach Wine Cellar (written Jun 23, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Riesling

First thought - extremely touristy! We stopped on Saturday afternoon - very busy (2 tour buses in the parking area). However the tastings were done quickly and efficiently. The grounds were fantastic, the wines just sort of average - what you would expect for a commercial operation. I'd still go back, even at a hectic pace it was fun!

New Day Meadery (written May 20, 2013)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A funky little place in an artsy neighborhood in Indianapolis (Fountain Square). A little too hipster for me with some of the flavorings in their meads, but many seem to find it great. The staff was friendly and they were busy!

Easley Winery (written May 20, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Reisling

Nice winery in downtown Indianapolis. The wines tended to be sweeter than I care for, but still pleasant. The tour was intersting, and the tasting room/grounds were nice. Stopped on a Saturday, and they were really crowded, but kept up with everyone - excellent job.

Simmons Winery and Nortonburg Wine Garden Facility (written May 12, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Reisling, Marichel Foch

Another great Indiana winery! Very busy when we stopped in (dinner crowds were just showing up)but staff remained calm and friendly! All the wines were great, we even found another fantastic Foch! The grounds were very pretty and well maintained. And the restaurant is fantastic!

Mallow Run Winery (written May 12, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Marichel Foch, Chardonnay

All I can say here is - WOW!We stopped on a very busy day (AAA had a bus tour going thru) and they were crowded besides. That did not stop this from being an excellent visit! Our hostess was very friendly and helpful even though she was frazzled (I couldn't have remained that polite with that crowd!). The wines were excellent, with the dry's being excellent and the rest well above average. The scenery was fantastic, and the tasting room was wonderful inside the old barn. I recommend the Foch - worth the side trip!

Equus Run Vineyards (written Apr 28, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Stopped in this afternoon, staff very friendly, however customers very uppity. Wines were average, nothing special. Grounds were very nice. Overall experience - meh!

Prodigy Vineyards & Winery (written Apr 28, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

stopped in for a tasting - pleasantly surprised by the quality of the wines - highly recomended

Rising Sons Home Farm Winery (written Apr 28, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

stopped in this afternoon - highly recommended!

Lovers Leap Vineyards and Winery (written Apr 28, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Absolutely recomend - fatastic wines, knowledgable staff and scenery to die for! Highly recomended!

Ridge Winery, The (written Apr 07, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Stream Cliff Farm Winery & Tea Room (written Apr 07, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

This winery is just fantastic!The grounds are beautiful, and the garden walk is relaxing and zen like. The tasting room is small, but the wait was worth it - the wines are excellent! The servers were very friendly and enthusiastic even on a busy day - always a plus. This is a must do if your in Southern Indiana.

Shade Winery (written Mar 31, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

All I can say here is wow! The wines were very good, the owners were friendly fun people, and everyone (7 other couples) was having a good time. Located right off the highway, but you'd never know it. We are planning a return trip here yet this summer.

Marietta Wine Cellars (written Mar 31, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

The setting here was unique - a winery sharing a building with a bowling alley. It doesn't matter though - the wines here are very good! Our server was very friendly and knew the wines well, and we were about an hour early or we would have stayed for dinner too. If your in the area look this winery up, you won't be disappointed.

WineTree Vineyards (written Mar 30, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

A very nice relaxed atmosphere with some great wines. Mostly on the drier side, but something for eveyone!

Talon Winery & Vineyards (written Feb 16, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Our trip to Talon was very pleasant. The complex is large and relaxing, you drive in past the barrel barn and bottling building (some might confuse this for the tasting room). Drive on down the road to the old homesite. The tasting room is mid-sized but comfortable. The wines were above average, but none really jumped out as special to me (the Chardonnay and Cabernet were excellent, but not outstanding).The girl working the tasting counter was very friendly and seemed to know wine, not just what she was selling. If we're in the area again, we'll definately stop in.

Wildside Winery (written Jan 20, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We stopped in today and had a super time! The wines were very good - the dry's were what you would expect them to be and the sweets were very good - not overly sugary and should appeal to everyones taste. Nice cozy tasting counter, and the owner was working the bar and was lot's of fun to talk with. We'll be back!

Mountain Valley Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

First stop on the wine trail, and as expected very touristy, sweet wines and also felt rushed (the counter attendant was grabbing the glasses as soon as we set them down to fill with the next wine). They did however, unlike the other 2 stops, rinse the glass between reds and whites. The attendant seemed to know what was on the tasting sheet, but little else. She was very friendly and smiling, which I'm sure is tough on a busy day of tourists. Overall it was a fun stop, and we did buy the blackberry wine, I like some sweet ones now and then!

Tennessee Valley Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Have driven by here for years, finally decided to stop and give them a try on our last swing through Tennessee. The tasting room is small and cozy, and the owners wife was tending the tasting counter - very friendly and knew her wines. They had some decent wines, just nothing that screamed "take me home". The view was very pleasant.

Hillside Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Extremely surprised here! 3rd winery on the wine trail, and in touristy Sevierville, I expected the same as my first 2 visits. I was wrong - the dry's were very good - not super - but pleasant! the semi-dry's were excellent, however the sweets were like syrup (not my style - but they have their followers). I was surprised by the sparkling Raspberry - very good! While tasting we were offered a slice of Sweetwater's Adoba cheese - very good. The girl waiting on us was super pleasnat, and was able to work 2 sides aof a tasting bar without any hold ups or losing her smile - Thanks!

Ocoee Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

The wines here were were just O.K. - I liked the Chardonnay, Cabernet and Reisling style Muscadine, but not enough to buy any. We stopped 5 days before Christmas, and the decorations were nice, but their outdoor decks view is a 4 lane highway - O.K. I guess. The girl doing the serving just poured, didn't say a word about the wine, and acted bothered by questions. I didn't try but 3 wines due to the server's friendliness, but am sure they have some good wines.

Morris Vineyard and Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dry Blueberry

Wow - what a surprise here! I put this on the list because it was close to a winery I really wanted to try, and am I ever glad I did. The wines are all Muscadine and fruit, and each variety is done as a dry, semi dry and sweet version. The owners were giving the tastings, and were fun friendly folks. And the view - worth the trip just for that.

Apple Barn Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Wayyyy too touristy, and average apple wines. i don't really care for apple wines, but it was part of the "Rocky Top Wine Trail", and who can't pass up a free wine glass! LOL - I wasn't dissappointed, yet wasn't impressed enough to buy any wine - but did have fun.

Monticello Vineyards and Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

If your in the area - you should stop and visit this winery - the Muscadine varieties are very good.

Murielle Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

An interesting selection of wines - I had to have a bottle of the passion fruit - it was so unique. The grounds are very pretty and the tasting was well done!

San Sebastian Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Vintners White

I have to agree with everyone - a little touristy, o.k. wines, and why oh why do you have to take the sales pitch tour to do a tasting. The building was very classy, the prices very good, the tour guide/salesman was very fun and kept people interested. That aside - it would be a great trip for someone new to tasting though.

Florida Orange Groves Inc. and Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Cat 5 Hurricane, Key Lime

We have tried the Florida Orange Grove wines at other sites and enjoyed them, so on our annual trip through Florida we decided to stop in at the "home port". The location is great - just blocks from the beach, the building is nice and inviting. We did the whole tour/tasting trip through the winery and felt both were rushed (we've been on dozens of winery tours, and they are all pretty much the same, but the newbies in the group we went with were asking questions after the tour that should have been discussed by the guide). The tasting was also very rushed - again bad for newbies, didn't bother me all that much. That's why the 4 for ambiance. The one thing about the wines - they are 100% fruit - no flavored grape wines. Overall a very fun day, and I would recommend the trip to anybody interested in going there.

Henscratch Farms Vineyard and Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

This was a planned trip while on the way to Sebring, and from the website I wasn't sure what to expect (more petting farm than winery). Boy was I wrong! I loved the open air "cracker style" building and the chickens running about. The wines were also excellent! All are made with Muscadine and Scuppernong grapes (except for several fruit wines). And the range of dry to sweet is surprising - the dry's are very good. The owners were offering the tastings and were very pleasant and passionate about their wines. We stroll the grounds for a while afterwards taking pictures and just enjoying a pleasant day. And yes - this is on the itinerary for my next Florida visit!

Keel and Curley Winery (written Jan 05, 2013)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Key Lime, Dry Blueberry

We were traveling through Florida, and wanted to visit this winery. We stopped in at 5:55 in the evevning and were told they closed at 6 p.m. However, they were setting up for a private party that started at 7, and there was another couple finishing a tasting, so we were told to sit and enjoy. The girl serving the wine was very pleasant and fun, and took her time even though she was "off the clock". The wines are very interesting - mostly Muscadines infused with fruit or blueberry varieties. I wish we had more time on our visit - I would have liked to take a glass out on the deck and just watch the wildlife on the lake. Very much fun - we plan to visit again!

Winery at Versailles (written Nov 24, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We stopped in yesterday, and were greeted by their very friendly staff. We both did a flight, and found the Chardonnay to be very good, as well as several other wines. When they brought the flights out, they didn't bother to ask us if we had any questions or offer any information about the wines. Maybe if we did sip samples at the bar. otherwise very good!

Schnebly Redland's Winery (written Oct 31, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

The grounds here are fantastic - I've never seen a more beautiful winery. The tasting room staff is energetic, fun and knowledgeable. The wines are all fruit wines, but there's really nothing wrong with that. We enjoyed the Cat 3 and the Mango, and found the Avacado to be surprisingly good.

Key West Winery (written Oct 31, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

An extension of the Florida Orange Groves franchise - but the lady working the tasting counter was nice. the fruit wines aren't spectacular, but for what they are they're good. and besides, it's Key West - you can't go wrong!

Thomas Family Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Savignon Blanc, Reisling

Great little urban winery with some fantastic wines! They even have a sparkling cider that is out of this world. The wines are on the dry side, so keep that in mind, although they have a blush that is semi-sweet and should satisfy the sweeter wine lovers. Tasting room is cozy and ecclectic and the staff is very friendly. we've visited twice it was so much fun!

Ridge Winery, The - Tasting Room (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Vidal

The Vidal is worth the trip, but wait until you hit the outside deck with the spectacular river view! The staff was very friendly - we got there when they were starting a Saturday dinner and were very busy. They still found time for us and didn't make us feel like we were intruding. We liked our visit so much we returned a month later and got to meet the owner. Sat out on the deck by ourselves with a glass of Vidal - felt like we were at home. A must visit in my book!

Lanthier Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Extremely friendly staff, knew their products. The wines were on the sweet side for me, still brought home a bottle of Mill Street Red (for on the patio).The art garden is fantastic - we spent about 45 min. photographing the flowers. Worth a stop just for the garden.

Ertel Cellars Winery & Restaurant (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Stueben

We stopped here late on a Sunday, mostly because we had been told about the fantastic restaurant, but the wine is the real star here. The server at the tasting bar was great - friendly and very knowledgeable and took his time with us explaining the wines. We then went outside to the patio for dinner, and were the last ones seated. I expected to be hurried, but much to our surprise the staff treated us like royalty and didn't try to rush us out so they could go home. I liked the Gewerztraminer (what we had for dinner) and my wife got a bottle of the Stueben to take home. A little pricey on the meal, but well worth it for the atmosphere and wine!

Chateau Pomije (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Fantastic - that's all I need to say! The wines are all good, the staff is super friendly, and the grounds are beautiful. I liked the Cab best, but enjoyed the Crush as well. And the restaurant looked and smelled great - next visit I'll wait to eat!

Buck Creek Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

We stopped here on our way home from the Indy 500 time trials. It's easy to find right off 74. The owner was tending the tasting room when we stopped, and he was very pleasant and had a passion for his wine. My wife loved the Foch, so we brought a bottle home. If your passing by, stop in - it's worth visiting. They also have a very extensive selection, so someting for everyone

Brown County Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

The women at the tasting counter were very friendly and greeted us the second we walked in. The wines are sweet, but your in a tourist area where that's more popular. And the prices are fantastic! 3 bottles of wine was 27 and change, and the waitress bagged them up and marked them so we could continue shopping and pick them up later. Thanks for a great experience!

Woodstone Creek (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 stars

All the wines here are sweet - honey mead based. not bad if you like that sort of thing. They have some strange hours - Saturday from 1-5, and the neighborhood it's in isn't the greatest. I found the owners to be rude - the husband was more interested in talking about their new bourbon venture than he was his wine, and the wife got snotty with several people about how much they'd had to drink (and it wasn't much). I won't go back again.

Vinoklet Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

This is in my old neighborhood, but I just recently visited for the first time. I found the staff to be friendly and knowledgeable, but they did seem to keep their distance (I liked that, you may not). The grounds are very pretty, and on a nice day I like to sit at the gazebo by the large fermenting tank. I like the arbors as you walk in - it makes you feel like part of the environment. The wines are good, but not great, and there is a taste for everybody fromextra dry to sweet. I actually like In Vino Veritas best, and generally go to the dry's. If your on the West side of Cincinnati, you should check this winery out.

Vermilion Valley Vineyards (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Dornfelder

The grounds here are fantastic, the owners very friendly and knowledgeable, and the wines are super! We'll be back here if we get back to Northern Ohio.

Valley Vineyards (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

The Schuchter's are great folks, and made my wife and I feel at home. The tasting trays are large and well marked, and the waitress knew the wines well. The grounds are split by Hwy. 22, but it's relaxing in the tasting room. The wines are excellent, and there's something there for every taste. This is a must visit if your in the area!

Winery at Spring Hill, The (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

It was raining when we stopped, good for indoors - but the grounds looked pretty. The waitress was extremely friendly and knew her wines, and was willing to discuss them as we tasted. The wines were on the sweet side (are all the Northern Ohio wines sweet?), but we found the cherry to be good and bought a bottle. Excellent visit!

South River Vineyard (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

I have to agree that the staff here leaves something to be desired - and it's a shame - beautiful place. When we walked in, I wanted to take some photographs of the stained glass windows and interior. I saw the girls behind the counter making faces like we were rubes - O.K. maybe I am to them - who cares. But when we were done and walked up to the counter, they pretty much ignored us until my wife spoke up. Then the girl pouring our flights rolled her eye's like it was a big bother to have to give us different wines (sorry you had to open new bottles). We then walked outside, and enjoyed the rest of the visit. there were maybe 6 other couples and a group of 12 or so, but it was very quiet and zen like as we sat and sampled our wines. After we finished, we spent about 20 minutes taking pictures on the rest of the grounds, and no one said a word. Other than the wait staff, an excellent time - but I've been there and won't go back. Oh yeah, and the wine, nothing stood out as special - just kind of average.

Slate Run Vineyard (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We enjoyed our trip to this winery, even if we felt a little rushed (there was a large party next door, and the owner was servicing them and us at the same time). Very friendly and knowledgeable owner, and some nice relaxing grounds - if not for the large party we might have had a glass here and sat outside.

Paper Moon Vineyards (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Not much to look at from the outside (in fact I wasn't sure I was in the right place at first). The wines were very good, the staff very friendly and know their stuff. The tasting room is fantastic, and looks and feels nothing like the industrial warehouse exterior.

Old Mill Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

My wifes favorite out of 21 wineries visited in a week. I was pretty fond of it too! The wines were average, and on the sweet side, but still good. The wait staff was the best - very friendly. Our waitress seemed to know the wines very well too. The overall feel of the place was pleasant - like an old family favorite that only the locals know. And the food was excellent - we ate dinner here twice out of 3 days in Geneva.

Old Firehouse Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We had already stopped for lunch before our visit here, so no comment on the food. The tasting trays were someting else - pre-packaged obviously from the day before. i got a dry tray, my wife got a sweet tray. We both had a champagne on our tray - mine was flatter than unleavened bread, while hers was plenty sparkly. minor complaint, but my tray was obviously not fresh. Overall - the wines were O.K. - nothing special. I did love the grounds, the ferris wheel was cool, and the firemans patches inside were fun to look at. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive - always a plus. The atmosphere though seemed more like a drunken tourist crowd was their target. Not that there's anything wrong with that - I've been a drunken tourist myself!

Mon Ami Historic Winery / Gideon Own Wine Co. (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Gewurtztraminer, Contero Moscato.

We were in the Catawba region for a few days, and stopped in on a Holiday weekend Sunday night - wow was it crowded! We decided to come back on Monday, and I'm glad we did. The tasting room is large and can accomodate a lot of people, and the staff are friendly, quick and knowledgeable. We loved the Gewurtztraminer, and decided to have a bottle with our dinner excellent choice! The lobster bisque is the best I've ever had, and the walleye is fantastic. Believe it or not, even with a good sized crowd we were seated on the patio and it felt fairly cozy and peaceful. So if you go and it's crowded - come back later - it's worth it!

Merry Family Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

We stopped here on our way to a destination for a break, and I'm glad we did. It was a very relaxing experience with some good wine. Another one of those "right off the highway" places that make you feel like your a million miles away. Most of the wines tend toward the sweeter side, and I don't remember the name of the white we had a glass of outside in the gazebo, but it was good and refreshing. Overall great experience.

Meranda-Nixon Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Seth Meranda is a very down to earth, super guy, and he takes pride in what he is doing. The wines are just fantastic, and the Norton is one of the best I've had. The Chardonnay is great too. You owe it to yourself if your in Southern Ohio to stop in and learn about the area and enjoy some really good wine!

Meier's Wine Cellars (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

What's nice to say about a wine factory? With Meier - everything! The outside of the building isn't much to look at, but step inside and it all changes. The tasting count has that homey feel to it,and the staff is very friendly and knows their stuff. They have good hours, and their prices are very reasonable. Oh, and the wines are great too. If your in the area, you owe it to yourself to stop in.

Matus Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Bob made us feel like we were long lost friends - a real carachter! He really knows his wine too. The wines were all fantastic, and we loved our bread and olive oil while we had a glass of Vidal. It was 105 outside, so we enjoyed ourselves indoors, a shame because the grounds look very inviting. Put Matus on your must do list!

Laurello Vineyards (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

The good first - great friendly owner,very knowledgeable about wine. The dry's are superb, and the sweets very good. The tasting room is neatly appointed and comfortable, and the food is good. The bad - we ordered lunch and it took forever to get served. The excuse was there was a large party there in front of us, and they had to take care of them first. Except it was only us and another couple there and they were leaving when we arrived. As we were finishing up, the large party (6 pople) came in, were seated, and given their food almost immediately. They should have taken care of the customers that were there, and worried about the others after they arrived. We still had a good visit and enjoyed the wine/food - but if we had been in a hurry I'd have been more excited.

Kinkead Ridge Estate Winery (written Oct 30, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

This winery is the closest to our home, yet it's hard to catch them open. We visited on Labor Day weekend, and all the local wineries had specials going on (wine and food pairings). Kinkead's wines are excellent - on the dry side, so be prepared for that. The scenery isn't much, and the ambiance is nil, but a very educational stop that I highly recommend - if your in the area and catch them open.

Henke Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Wow is all I can say here! You won't find better wine in Cincinnati. The Chardonnay is super, the Vidal fantastic and even the Blush is great. The interior of the building is neat and quaint, and the food is fantastic!!! Highly recommended

Heineman Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

I didn't expect much here, and wasn't disappointed. The building is old yet lacks carachter, there were a lot of "drunken tourists" (and we were here at 11 a.m.)and the wine was average (on the sweet side). We still had a good time - don't get me wrong - sometimes touristy is good!

Harmony Hill Vineyards (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Our first trip to "The Hill" hooked us, the place is one of the most relaxing I have been too. We stop and get lunch and head outside with a bottle of Aria and just watch the world go by. Very relaxing - and the entertainers are never so loud you can't have a conversation. Bill is also one of the nicest owners I've met in my travels. This should be on everyones list!

Hanover Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

This winery is a hidden gem - the staff are very friendly and know wine, the grounds are quiet and serene (even though your not far from civilization, you don't get the noise). Their signature Pink Toad is a little sweet for me, but the wife loved it. they also have several fruit wines, with one of the best apple wines I ever tasted!

Firelands Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

I was expecting a winery with vineyards and an outdoor seating area. What we got was a nice tasting bar with a hurried sampling. I did the dry flight and my wife did the sweet, and we found several wines to our liking. The servers were just grabbing who was next, so we had 3 different servers through six wines. They were however very knowledgeable about the wines, but it seemed impersonal. We did buy a dry reisling to take back to the hotel with us.

Ferrante Winery and Ristorante (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

O.K. - first impression is - this is a restaurant 1st, winery 2nd. That almost turned us away, but I'm glad it didn't. The girl at the tasting counter was very friendly and knew her wine well. We had already had dinner (it's a shame - looked great!) so we got a bottle of Vidal and sat outside listening to the music. A super way to end our day, and when we get back - I'm definately going hungry!

D & D Smith Winery, LLC (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

We stopped in on the 5th of July, and theey were getting ready for a benefit 5k. With that in mind, there was 1 person working there trying to administer 2 couples with tastings and set up for the party. The woman working there (owner I assume) was not very pleasant with either couple (exact words - "what do you want" when we walked up for our tasting). If it's a trouble to wait on people and set up for a party - how about you close or hire someone to help. That aside, the wine we did taste was nothing special, so left without a purchase. We won't be back, but I'm sure there are some who find this place their favorite.

Bardwell Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

This urban winery is a pleasant surprise. The wine is very good, and the owners are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Elk Creek Vineyards (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Cabernet, Vidal

Not a very busy day when we visited, yet the staff seemed like we were troubling them to get some service. That aside, when we finally did get our wine tasting flight, what we sampled was excellent. I thought the overall atmosphere was a little commercial, but still relaxing.

Baker-Bird Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Blush

Baker-Bird Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Blush

I was a little dissapointed here - they have you do a tasting starting at the sweetest working to the dryest. The owner is pleasant, but seems distracted every time we've been there. The staff is disorganized too. Maybe they'll work that out eventually. The grounds are beautiful and very relaxing. They do not yet grow their own grapes, and are subcontracting the winemaking.

StoneBrook Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Vidal, Black Night

A very pleasant owner and staff - your not a stranger here. All the wines are good - I'm a fan of Vidal and their's is great. A lot of fruit wines for those so inclined. A little hard to find - my GPS sent me the wrong way - but worth it when you get there!

Camp Springs Vineyard (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Cabernet, Honeysuckle

The owner here is very knowledgeable, and made us feel at home on our 3 visit's here. All the wines are fantastic - but try the Honeysuckle - it's different and enjoyable!

Seven Wells Vineyard & Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Racoon Red

Very nice view, and very relaxing to sit out on the patio. The Racoon Red was the wife's favorite - so we had to bring one home.

Atwood Hill Winery (written Oct 29, 2012)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Favorite Wine: Vidal

The owner was very pleasant, the wines were all good, we bought a bottle of the Vidal Blanc to bring home. Tasty!

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