Just across the street from the booming sounds of rock bands playing at Blossom Music Center is Sarah’s Vineyard, a haven for those looking for a calmer time.
Its wood-hewn decks and pavilions with seating for 350 people overlook 15 acres of beautiful gardens and peaceful vineyards in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The entire winemaking process happens on-site, from the growing of grapes including vidal, traminette and frontenac, to the fermentation and aging in its refrigerated wine cellar.
Since the wine is mostly served on tap in carafes or glasses in an effort to cut down on waste, fewer preservatives like sulfites, which can cause headaches, are used.
“People that are sensitive to sulfites really love our wine,” says Michael Lytz, who co-owns Sarah’s Vineyard with his wife, Margaret Lytz. “We’re low in preservatives and we’re friendly to the environment.”
Don’t worry — you can still take a bottle of one of Sarah’s Vineyard’s dozen low-sulfite wines home with you. Lytz just suggests drinking it within a month or two.
The winery also has a food menu featuring wood-fired pizza, an art gallery with local artisans and a Wednesday night music series to keep guests entertained while sipping on its red and white blends, including a summer sangria. 1204 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-929-8057, sarahsvineyardwinery.com
Try This: Double Trouble ($22) is a refreshing, semi-dry white blend of vidal and traminette grapes that's perfect for summer.