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One of Ohio’s most picturesque locations exists east of Cleveland along the I 90 Corridor in Lake  and  Ashtabula Counties. Sparkling lake waters, rolling lush vineyards, deep river gorges with spectacular fall foliage  and  quiet back roads-less-traveled offer year round appeal for wine lovers  or  anyone seeking an idyllic escape from  a hectic world.

The region is easy to explore. Along the ‘Wines  and  Vines’ trail, travelers enjoy picturesque view sheds while they discover more than 25 unique, family owned wineries, all with a 45 minute loop. Beyond casual touring, early each winter the Chocolate-is-for- Lover trail matches locally produced confections with regional wines. Spring time brings the Wine-N-Bloom flower focused event  and  the holiday Tannenbaum Trail begins in late November. Ample lodging, upscale amenities at the Lodge  and  Conference Center in Geneva, many chain hotels  and  beds  and  breakfasts dot the area. A dozen livery services encourage safe travels.

For those seeking more of the ‘locavore’ movement, Geneva is home to Windows on Pairings, Ohio’s Wine  and  Culinary Experience  where  cooking classes, Ohio grown food stuffs, wine tastings  and  education programming of all-things- culinary attract thousands annually. To meet its educational goals, Pairings collaborates with Kent State Ashtabula, Ohio’s only university offering a 2 year wine industry related degree. In season, farmers’ markets, roadside fruit  and  vegetable stands, apple farms  and  many other back to the soil businesses abound.

The vintners of the Grand River Valley  and  those along the lake’s south shore sit amid the largest concentration of vineyards in Ohio. In the Federally recognized GRV, a tiny strip of land, just 22 miles long  and  4 miles wide, about 70 of all winegrapes grown in the state find exceptional soil conditions, temperatures moderated by the influences of Lake Erie, a deep gorge valley assuring good drainage  and  a long growing season to mature the myriad of cool climate, world renowned varietals grown there. Some wineries have broadened their appeal by opening a craft brewery  and  even a craft distillery.

The most widely planted variety is Riesling, a Germanic style grape producing lovely, well balanced wines ranging  from  crisp, dry styles to ones with a hint of sweetness in the finish. While some Canifornia-esque grapes cannot grow in the valley, vintners there have won national,  and  even international acclaim for their Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios, Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Francs  and  Gewurztraminers, all ‘cool climate’ grapes that thrive in the valley’s ‘terroir.’

Beyond those classic varieties, French hybrids like Chambourcin, Seyval  and  Vidal Blanc yield easy to enjoy every day table wines. Vidal Blanc is also the primary fruit used in the luscious dessert ice wines, a unique  and  costly style which can be grown in only a handful of places on the globe. And the region still supports hundreds of acres of the native Catawbas  and  Concords which yield soft  and  supple wines that appeal so very many palates.

We invite you to visit, explore, taste  and  enjoy.

Learn more at www.Ohiowines.org

Package: $820 value
- 2 overnights at the Lodge at Geneva [Sunday through Friday] $350 value
- Dinner for two at the Ferrante Winery  and  Ristorante $75 value
- Dinner for two at the Lakehouse Inn, Winery  and  Restaurant $100 value
- Four hour wine tour  and  transportation for 2 to four  or  five wineries by Barrels  and  Bridges Winery Tour $90 value
- Wine Palate Training  and  wine tasting at Pairings, Ohio’s Wine  and  Culinary Experience Value $30
- VIP wine tastings  and  tours at Debonne Vineyards, Madison  and  St. Joseph Vineyard, Madison Value $50
- VIP tasting  and  tour at the Red Eagle Distillery, Geneva Value $25
- Wine palate training for two at Pairings, Ohio’s Wine  and  Culinary Experience in Geneva Value $30
- Gift basket of Ohio wine related products: Value $100

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