Cask 307 welcomes visitors at the gateway of Ohio’s richest wine producing area. Located in Madison, you’ll find an unexpectedly sophisticated spot to enjoy wine made from European varietals grown in the Grand River Valley.
At this boutique winery, owned by Debonne Vineyards, order a flight, glass or bottle guided by a friendly, knowledgeable staff. (Look for cherry sangria marinating close by.) Several local beers and a few cocktails, plus charcuterie boards, flatbreads and other seasonal snacks are also available.
Indoor seating means covered space that’s wide open to summer breezes thanks to retractable airplane hangar doors, and outdoor seating offers sturdy umbrella tables on a dog-friendly patio. Catch live music on the weekends or sign up for special events such as a winemaker or opera night dinner.
Being part of the Debonne family has its perks such as sharing the same winemaker, Michael Harris, but fans will find a different approach to wine here. Currently 15 wines are available, including a rare fume blanc, made from locally grown sauvignon blanc grapes.
“Unlike Debonne, which is great for a big party with a band, ours is an upscale tasting room offering wines that are more labor-intensive and more complex,” says manager Donna List. 7259 Warner Road, Madison, 440-307-9586, cask307.com
Try This: A good white wine aged in bourbon barrels, the bourbon chardonnay ($32) has a harder edge than buttery chardonnays, and a fleeting taste of seasoned wood without the heaviness of oak.