Replacing old Niagara vines with new varieties, primarily Pinot Noir and Meritage blends, installing proper drain tile, and building a boutique winery requires time and careful planning. It took Matt Meineke, a small batch hobby winemaker from Mentor, seven years to establish his winery on 12 acres of land in Geneva.
Canadian wineries situated on Niagara-on-the-Lake served as a source of inspiration for the Meineke family and the training Matt received at UC Davis and OSU helped him further develop his craft of producing cool-climate high-end wines.
Established in 2012, the winery offers a tasting room, cozy fireplace, a loft, and an outdoor deck and patio overlooking the vineyard. The location creates European-style dry wines and is the only licensed Meritage producer in Ohio.