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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.

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winery, Lake Erie AVA, Grand River AVA, Madison


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