Take 5: An Afternoon in Wine Country

Northern Ohio’s Lake Erie-moderated climate and rich soil make it an ideal spot for grape growing. As a result, the region is dotted with wineries, each with its own tastes and atmospheres.

The Winerie
Wine and dine while enjoying live entertainment on the patio overlooking the vineyard at the Winerie, a family-owned estate vineyard in Sandusky that exudes a cozy, rustic atmosphere. Pair a glass with an array of palate-pleasing appetizers, salads or sliders. thewinerie.com

Rocky Point Winery
This Marblehead hidden gem is known for its old schoolhouse home and native Midwest wines, including concord, a sweet Lake Erie red wine, and pink Catawba, Rocky Point Winery’s most popular creation that’s best enjoyed on the outdoor, pet-friendly patio with firepits. rockypointwinery.com

Paper Moon Vineyards
Paper Moon Vineyards in Vermilion not only offers a nice selection of wines, but visitors also rave about the destination’s hard cider, sangrias and selection of beer from local breweries. Enjoy your drink of choice with a selection of small plates and live music Fridays and Saturdays. papermoonvineyards.com

Ferrante Winery & Ristorante
Located in the heart of the Grand River Valley, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante stands out among the crowd. A family affair since 1937, third-generation brothers manage the vineyard’s 40 acres and winemaking, while two of their sisters and extended family members curate a menu of Italian-inspired dishes. ferrantewinery.com

Buccia Vineyard Winery
This boutique winery in Conneaut specializes in cool climate wines. Opt for Reflections of Lake Erie, a semi-sweet white wine that blends the best of the region’s grapes, or Baco Noir, a, light-bodied red wine that blends raspberry, spice and vanilla. Turn an afternoon into a weekend by staying at the on-site bed-and-breakfast. bucciavineyards.com