Raise a Glass to Vintage Ohio Wine Festival
Last week I had the pleasure of checking out the 2018 Vintage Ohio Wine Festival. For two days at the Lake Metroparks Farm Park in Kirtland, wine lovers come out to sample the many wines made right here in Ohio. The event was from 1pm-10pm each day with a fireworks display on the first night. The scenery was beautifully complete with rolling hills, tall trees, and a serene setting to enjoy your libations. There were also two main stages for entertainment, plenty of food trucks, and shopping from a variety of different vendors. There was so much to take in and see. Let me give a few tips on what to expect and how to navigate this space.
Tickets were available online at vintageohio.com, Groupon, at Giant Eagle for $30 and at the gate for $35 for the full Adult Sampler for one day ($45 for the two days). You have to be 21 and older to purchase the sampler but all are welcome to attend. Designated Driver’s are $12, 18 and under are $3, and children under 3 are free. Parking is free but may be a distance to walk if you arrive later in the day. Once you check in you will receive a wine glass, a wine tasting card, and a map to navigate your way through the festival. For each winery that you stop at, you have six samples that you can try from them. You are now ready to go forth and taste!
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a beginner who only likes sweet wine, there is something for everyone. Each wine vendor had plenty to choose from in both reds and whites. There were also some vendors who had ciders, meads, and beer for those who were looking for something a little different. Most wines are also available by the glass for $5.00 if you find one that you really like. It may be a journey, or you could be lucky and find something right away. It’s an all-day event so pace yourself. You have plenty of time to enjoy and find your favorite.
The weather was absolutely wonderful the day that I attended but the sun was beaming down very strong. While I sat in the shade for a bit, there was no escaping it while waiting in line for my samples. Be sure that you wear a hat, sunscreen, and drink plenty of water if you don’t want to end up being completely drained of energy. As an Ohioan, I know that I should always be prepared for the weather.
One of my favorite parts of the festival is the entertainment. I love to listen to music while sipping on wine and Vintage Ohio does not disappoint. I had the pleasure of listening to Forecast while sipping my wine in the shade. With two main stages, you can’t go wrong with finding something you like. There are plenty of food trucks and food stands to also find something great to eat. The sights, the sounds, the smells, will make you want to stay in that space forever. When reality sets in and you have to leave, you walk through a barn where all of the wineries have tables set up ready to sell you bottles and cases to go. I grabbed my favorite one from the festival and intend to drink on a special occasion. I had a great time and looking forward to it again next year!
If you have never experienced Vintage Ohio then you must put it on your bucket list for next year. Remember, it’s always the first Friday and Saturday of in the month of August. It can be the perfect date night, family outing, or a meetup with friends. If you love wine like we do, then you won’t be disappointed to see what Ohio has to offer in wines.