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OHIO 2017

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21 w w w . o h i o h a s i t . c o m P art of the pleasure when traveling is experiencing the local culture through cuisine. One of the best ways to do that is by visiting an Ohio winery, since grapes refl ect the climate, soil and geology of their particular regions. Ohio ranks as one of the nation's top 10 wine producers, with many of the sites open to groups for tastings, tours and dining. ese wineries across the state are eager to showcase the fruits of their labor. INDIAN BEAR LODGE AND WINERY WALHONDING Poised on a hill overlooking 200 acres, Indian Bear Lodge and Winery is a destination winery with dining, entertainment and accommodations. e log-hewn, rustic tasting room features indoor and outdoor seating, a stone fi replace and views of the vineyard, lake and property. Wine styles include estate-bottled Ohio vari- etals, sweet and semisweet fruit wines, and full-bodied classic red and white selections. Each label is produced on-site. e wine bar serves lunch and dinner. Private and semipri- vate space is available for special events. Groups can sample from 17 varieties of wine produced on site. A loveable beagle that often vis- ited the winery inspired the name of one of the site's most popular varieties: Roscoe's Red. e red wine even won some awards for the site. e site off ers two lodges with laid-back atmospheres with rockers, log furniture and screened porches. "Many groups stay for the weekend and en- joy the winery and hiking trails," said co-owner Sherri Lechner. "If they stay a week, they'll usu- ally canoe, check out Amish Country and ree Rivers Wine Trail, of which we're a part." VINTAGE OHIO GO LOCAL BY VISITING THE STATE'S SUPERB WINERIES Above: Indian Bear Winery entrance Opposite page (clockwise from top right): Gervasi Vineyard; Dining area at Gervasi Vineyard; Laurentia Winery Courtesy Indian Bear Winery B Y E L I Z A B E T H H E Y

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