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Three generations of the Farinacci family have made wine but Michael Farninacci was the first to turn it into a commercial venture. It all started when home winemaker Antonio Farinacci, an immigrant from Gildone, Italy settled in the Little Italy area of Cleveland in 1912. His son, Dominic, carried on the wine making tradition and then passed it along to his grandson, Michael.

In 2006, Michael and his wife Dawn acquired 38 acres of farmland in Austinburg and converted a barn into a winery with outdoor space and a great room. The winery offered several varieties of red wine, Vidal Blanc, and Limoncello, Antonio’s recipe made from Meyer lemons, grape brandy, and cane syrup.


nonoperational, Lake Erie AVA, Grand River AVA, Austinburg


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