Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Wine in Amish Country?

While Holmes County Ohio and the surrounding area may be home to the World's largest Amish Community, it is also home to some great wineries! For people who are not really wine drinkers you will find places like Swiss Heritage Winery or Silver Moon to have sweeter wines that are more enjoyable to new wine drinkers. For the "wine snobs" who prefer a more dry wine you will really enjoy Ravens Glenn Winery and the Winery at Perennial Vineyards. Ravens Glenn is located on the Tuscarawas River across from a golf course and has an on-site Italian restaurant with a great view and fabulous food. The Winery at Perennial Vineyards is set in an old barn from the 1800's with a wonderful ambiance and great pizza! Everyone will enjoy Breitenbach Winery which is Ohio's 2nd largest winery. They have drier wines such as a Cabernet and yet if you name a fruit, they sell a wine that is that fruit flavor and more of a dessert, sweeter wine. Rainbow Hills Winery does dinners on the premises. In the summer months you choose from beef or chicken and they have outdoor grills where you can grill your own meat. They provide the side dishes and a bottle of wine for each couple. In the winter months they have indoor gourmet dinners in a log cabin type setting. There are also wine tasting showrooms such as Gateway Place where you can sample wines from approximately 40 Ohio wineries. What goes better with wine than cheese? Holmes County and the surrounding area has several award winning cheese factories and many, many flavors of cheese that go with all sorts of wines. Some say it is the Amish milk that goes in the cheese making that make the cheese so good, but you can decide for yourself. You will also find weekend packages to celebrate your love for wine. One example of this is that Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast and Olde World Bed & Breakfast have teamed up to offer a mini-tour with a gourmet dinner. You will visit Heini's Gourmet Market in Sugarcreek where everything is made in Ohio, especially their wine & cheese. You will also stop at Pearl Valley Cheese Factory and have the opportunity to sample some cheese. Your ultimate destination is Ravens Glenn Winery where you will receive a winery tour and learn how wine is made, participate in a wine tasting with a souvenir glass, and then indulge in a 5-course gourmet dinner that includes 5 different wines to compliment each course. You won't have to worry about how much wine you sample because they will provide the designated driver with the package. There are 6 dates set up for this tour including special packages for Halloween and Valentines Day.
This article was written by Carol Steffey, Owner of Garden Gate Get-A-Way Bed & Breakfast in Millesrburg, Ohio.

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