There is no arguing that Cleveland is very well-known for its beer scene. Great Lakes Brewing Company, Platform Brewing Co., and Masthead Brewing Co. are just some of the best breweries that make Cleveland well worth visiting. However, did you know there are a lot of Cleveland area wineries to enjoy, too?
Cleveland not only has some incredible wine bars around the city that make for perfect date nights, but there are also several wineries in the surrounding area!
While many people think of Napa Valley, Willamette Valley, and maybe even the Finger Lakes when they think of US wine destinations, there are some fantastic Cleveland wineries to check out too. In fact, Cleveland is only about an hour away from Ohio’s Wine Country!
So without further ado, let’s get into the Cleveland wineries you’ll want to go visit ASAP.
Top 10 Cleveland Wineries
This list is full of great wineries near Cleveland that are pretty close to the city. So whether you love a robust red, crisp white, or the summer time favorite rose, these are the top Cleveland area wineries to visit.
1. CLE Urban Winery
2180 Lee Rd, Cleveland Heights
Known For: Wine cocktails, seasonal wine and food pairings, and wine slushies.
Good to Know: This is only 20 minutes from downtown Cleveland. They do not have a vineyard, but they have a brewery-style tasting room and make the wine on-site.
Prices: Glasses of wine start at $8, flights start at $18, and wine cocktails start at $10.
Located in the historic Cedar-Lee neighborhood in Cleveland Heights, this urban-style winery almost looks like a brewery at first glance. However, it is actually wine being made in those big vats!
This laid back place offers brewery vibes, and they are known for naming their wines after Cleveland landmarks, neighborhoods, and traditions as well as giving back to the community.
CLE Urban Winery isn’t just selling wine by the glass either! They serve a delicious wine slushie as well as wine cocktails.
If you prefer to stick to regular vino, then the Rustbelt Rose or Murray Hill Pinot Grigio are sure to please.
2. Chateau Hough Vineyards
1650 E 66th St, Cleveland (Hough)
Known For: Sweeter wines like Crimson, Moxie, and Sassy.
Good to Know: They are located just 15 minutes from downtown.
Prices: Tours are $10, wine flights are $12 for 4 wine tastings, and bottles are $20.
Located between downtown and the University Circle area of Cleveland, Chateau Hough offers you a chance to admire rows of grape vines as you sip your wine of choice.
Chateau Hough was started in 2010 by Cleveland native Mansfield Frazier, who wanted to make use of vacant land in a way that would help reinvigorate the Hough neighborhood. The vineyard gives back to the community via the organization Neighborhood Solutions, Inc. where they help at-risk youth, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals through education and encouragement.
Chateau Hough is known for its hybrid grapes like their Traminette and Frontenac. These grapes make both sweeter, fruitier wines as well as drier red and white wines. Check out their sweet white wines like Sassy and Moxie, or their sweet red wine like Crimson.
If you enjoy drier wine, then Flame and Buttercup are definitely worth trying!
3. Vino Veritas Cellars Winery/Old Brooklyn Winery
4103 Memphis Ave, Cleveland (Old Brooklyn)
Known For: Red Zinfandel and Bourbon Barrel Merlot.
Good to Know: This Cleveland wine is made from California grapes, and they have plenty of outdoor space to make a picnic! It is also only about 15 minutes from downtown Cleveland.
Prices: Flight of 4 tastings is $4, glasses are $5, and bottles are $14.
Known for creating Cleveland wines from California grapes, the laid-back Old Brooklyn Winery is lovely to visit on a warm, sunny day. Pack a picnic and settle in at a picnic table while you sip Red Zinfandel, Rose, or even their Bourbon Barrel Merlot.
The winery spans for 2.5 acres, making plenty of space for their bocce court, cornhole boards, fire pit, 3 ducks, and 2 pot bellied pigs. You could easily spend a whole day here with friends!
4. Urban Vintner
37484 N Industrial Pkwy, Willoughby
Known For: Cabernet Sauvignon, Carminere, and their Muddy Paw fruitier wines.
Good to Know: This winery creates great wine from grapes from around the world. They also have something for everyone from a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon to a sweet, Benny Blush Rose. The winery is about 25 minutes from downtown.
Prices: Bottles start around $12.
Urban Vintner was founded in 2016 by Ed Trebets and Gregg Turk, who were on a mission to bring winemaking to Willoughby, Ohio.
Ed Trebets, the winemaker, was the former head winemaker at Debonne, where he won over 1,000 medals for his wines there. So you know the wine here has to be good!
This is definitely the place to branch out when it comes to trying new wine. The Carminere from Chile with hints of spice and chocolate or the citrusy Sauvignon Blanc from California are perfect wines to taste.
If sweeter wines are more your style, then their Muddy Paw wines like Semillon, Trigger Rouge, and Benny Blush are a must-try.
5. Michael Angelo’s Winery
5515 Broadview Road, Richfield
Known For: Great food, sparkling roses, and Sagebrush Cabernet Sauvignon.
Good to Know: Located about 30 minutes south of downtown, this winery creates wine both from their own vineyard as well as grapes sourced from around the country.
Prices: Glasses start at $9, wine flights are $18 for 4 wines, and bottles start at $26.
Founded in 2018, this winery was created for the purpose of enjoying the simple things in life. This, of course, definitely includes wine and food.
Michael Angelo’s Winery source grapes for their wines both from their very own vineyards as well as places throughout the country where those grapes grow best. The result: wonderful wine and good variety!
Check out their sparkling roses, full-bodied Sagebrush Cabernet Sauvignon, or a light, refreshing Riesling.
This is easily one of the best wineries in Cleveland that has some great food to go with it! Cheese and charcuterie boards, pizzas, and yummy pasta dishes are all meant to be shared between 2-4 people. And don’t forget to pick up some pastries from their bakery to enjoy for dessert!
6. ThornCreek Winery
155 Treat Rd, Aurora
Known For: Pinot Grigio, Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Good to Know: Located about 40 minutes south of downtown, this place is known for their award winning wines, culinary events, and entertainment on select dates.
Prices: Glasses start at $7.
This Napa-inspired winery is serving up fantastic, award winning wines like Pinot Grigio (which has won double gold at the Ohio Wine Competition), Riesling, and Cabernet Sauvignon. With quite a few Ohio Wine Competition medals under their belts, you better believe the drive to this winery is well worth your time!
ThornCreek Winery is most known these days for being an event venue (weddings here are seriously so gorgeous), but they also have live entertainment and garden events, and serve dinner a couple nights per week. Reservations for dining and events are recommended, though you can stop in to shop for wine any time during opening hours.
7. Sarah’s Vineyard
1204 W. Steels Corners Rd, Cuyahoga Falls
Known For: Double Trouble Ohio White Wine, Painted Lady Riesling, and Sangria.
Good to Know: Located about 40 minutes south of downtown, there is plenty of space for meeting up with a group of friends here. They also show Cleveland sports games during opening hours too!
Prices: Glasses start at $5.50, half carafes start at $8.50, and bottles start at $15.
Sarah’s Vineyard is a laid-back spot further south from Cleveland and closer to the bottom end of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. There is a ton of space to spread out here, including in their tasting room, loft, deck, garden, and pavilion. It is a fun place to relax all afternoon as you enjoy vineyard views.
While you can certainly order wines by the glass, this place makes splitting wine with friends even easier with half carafes, carafes, and bottles to share. Some of our favorites include the Double Trouble Ohio white wine made from Vidal and Traminette, Painted Lady Riesling, and refreshing Sangria for hot summer days.
8. The Winery at Wolf Creek
2637 S Cleveland Massillon Rd, Barberton
Known For: Wine slushies, Cabernet Franc, and Traminette.
Good to Know: Located about 40 minutes south of downtown, this place has breathtaking scenery, great live entertainment, and an annual Goat Derby.
Prices: Glasses start around $5, bottles start around $20, cocktails start at $8, and beers are $5.
This 10-acre winery is stunning on its own, but add in the delicious wine, great live music, and fun events like the annual Goat Derby, and this winery is the perfect little getaway from Cleveland you definitely don’t want to pass up.
The Winery at Wolf Creek has a wide variety of wines from sweet fruit wines to dry wines like their Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. You’ll want to try out their wine slushies, too! (And if you aren’t a fan of wine, they also offer plenty of cocktails and beer.)
9. Silver Run Vineyard and Winery
376 Eastern Rd, Doylestown
Known For: Sister Smiles peach wine, Chippewa Crossings, and Coal Miner’s Claim.
Good to Know: Located about 40 minutes south of downtown, this winery tells the story of historic Doylestown through photos and their wine. Bring your own food to enjoy.
After spending years traveling to wineries around the world, husband and wife duo Christine Sabo and Ed Sunkin decided to create a winery in historic Doylestown.
The tasting room at Silver Run features photos of landmarks from the town, and the wines also pay homage to the surrounding area. So cozy up by the fire in the tasting room or sit out on the deck with a glass or bottle of some of their sweeter or semi-sweet wines like Coal Miner’s Claim, Sister Smiles peach wine, or Chippewa Crossings.
10. Gervasi Vineyard
1700 55th St NE, Canton
Known For: Italian-style wines like Lucello Pinot Grigio and Abbraccio Cabernet Sauvignon.
Good to Know: Located about an hour from downtown, this place has a restaurant, winery, vineyard, and even villas to stay in! Villas book up fast though, so book well in advance.
Prices: Tastings start at $6, glasses start at $8, and bottles start around $32.
Gervasi is definitely the furthest of the Cleveland-area wineries, but well worth the time to get there. This Italian-style winery will transport you to Tuscany with their bold red wines and the villas on the property.
This place is huge and comprises an upscale Italian restaurant called The Bistro, a casual wine bar and eatery called The Crush House, a seasonal patio called The Piazza for al fresco dining, and even a coffee house and cocktail lounge called The Still House.
Aside from all of these venues for eating and drinking, you can enjoy live entertainment each night, lawn games like bocce, winery and distillery tours, and even a hiking trail nearby.
You could easily make visiting Gervasi into a weekend getaway, especially as they have villas you can stay in!
But if you are here for the wine (because who isn’t?) then definitely try their award winning Lucello Pinot Grigio and Abbraccio Cabernet Sauvignon.
Other Wineries to Check Out in Northeast Ohio
While these are some of the main wineries near Cleveland, Cleveland is also less than an hour away from the wineries in Ohio Wine Country (AKA the Grand River Valley), including the wineries in Geneva and Geneva-on-the-Lake.
As those wineries deserves their own guide post, I’m just going to list the main wineries you’ll want to try here:
- Debonne Vineyards
- M Cellars
- South River Vineyard
- The Lakehouse Inn & Winery
- Laurentia Winery
- Ferrante Winery
- Cask 307
- Grand River Cellars
- Harpersfield Winery
- Laurello Vineyards
- Silver Crest Cellars
Which is your favorite Cleveland winery? Which would you most like to try?
Kat is a Cleveland transplant and has lived here for over 5 years. She loves to eat, drink, and explore all across the city, and has made it her personal mission to find the best breweries and pizza in Northeast Ohio. She also runs a couples travel blog and podcast called World Wide Honeymoon.
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You need to do a post on NautiVine Winery on the Portage Lakes. An amazing view, especially in the fall.
I’ll have to add it to my list of places to check out!