Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ohio Winery Visit: The Winery at Spring Hill

Toledo Wines and Vines paid two visits to The Winery at Spring Hill, once in December and the second earlier this month during the Chocolate Lovers wine trail event by tasting team members Spider Man and Glorious T. Based on the great blend of great wine, friendly people and excellent tasting room and grounds, you can bet we'll be returning again in the near future to this Geneva, Ohio, establishment. This is a new winery that does everything right.

The first impression of the winery is "first class." The bar is impressive with granite counters and a spectacular display of wines. The main seating area can handle large groups -- and often does, especially during the weekend entertainment. The furnishings, lighting, seating and flooring is all top flight. The comfortable sofa and seating near the fireplace is especially welcoming during the cold winter weather.

The slogan for the winery is "Our heritage is fruit, our legacy fine wine." For many years the farms grew fruit before branching into winemaking. The winery still offers fruit wine as a link to the past, but our tasting team was most interested in the Spring Hill Premium Wine Collection, which included Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

During their recent visit, Spiderman and Glorious T were impressed, "The winery is an older farmhouse with contemporary touches and great ambiance and hospitality." Their tasting included Cahmbourcin, Merlot, Riesling and Vidal Blanc.
The Chambourcin exhibits a bright ruby/violet color. It is dry and fruity with a cranberry finish. The Chambourcin grape is really a regional treasure that grows very well in the Geneva area. The Riesling was of the sweeter variety and most of our tasting team prefers the dry version. However, the Vidal Blanc was a winner during both TWAV visits. Glorious T said the Vidal has a fruity aroma, citrus flavor notes and a nice finish.

In addition to the excellent wines, Spring Hill also has a nice menu of appetizers and a bakery, which whips up some nice desserts including a wine cake and Merlot brownie.

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Anonymous said...

TWAV ... Great description of Spring Hill.
For those of you visiting the Geneva area, Spring Hill is a must see !!!!

Anonymous said...

The only thing not mentioned is that this winery does not have any vineyards- the wine that they make is made from concentrated juice most likely from another region (calafornia or NY?)

Dave Nershi, CSW said...

Not all wineries are "estate wineries," growing and bottling their own grapes. Chambourcin and Vidal Blanc are varieties that thrive in the Ohio region, although we didn't ask the source of the wine grapes.