Welcome back! On my last tour I talked about wineries in the Western Lake Erie region. Today I’ll be taking you on a “sorta south” winery tour, including one of my favorites. Here are the local wineries I’m highlighting. If you love local wine this is the blog for you!

Gillig Winery, Findlay, OH (3.8 Star Rating)

Nikki Gillig and her team buy grapes and juice from all over the world, and then create more than 50 different kinds of wine on site.  Don’t be disappointed, I promise you won’t miss the vineyard … and by concentrating on wine making and not growing grapes, you will find a wine you will love that has roots in such places as Italy, France, New Zealand, Chile or California. This is a local wine with an abroad twist. Just head to Findlay, Ohio, exit I-75 at Rt 224 and then make a few turns and you are there.  The location isn’t too exciting, but you will have a great experience.
1720 Northridge Road, Findlay, OH  45840
gilligwinery.com

Hilltop Winery, Gilboa, OH (4.3 Star Rating)

In this region of Ohio, this is one of my favorite places.  This winery is located in a tiny little town, in an old retail building.  They offer inside seating as well as outdoor seating on a tiered terrace.  You can sit beneath the vines or under an umbrella while enjoying the river and the smells of the country as the sun sets in the west. It is spectacular!  The wines and spirits are exceptional as well.  They offer a variety of small plates for very reasonable fees.  If you are looking to get away from the same old, same old, this is your place!
221 Main St. Gilboa, Ohio 45878
thehillsidewinery.com

Sycamore Lake Wine Company, Columbus Grove, OH

Have you heard of Columbus Grove, OH?  It is south of Findlay, north of Lima, and a little west of I-75 … a little over an hour from Toledo.  Jeff and Janice Hanneman are the owners and this family-run winery is a gem, well-worth the drive. This is truly local wine from local people. They have a great selection of wine (reds, whites, blush, & fruit wines) surrounded by a 17-acre lake and covered bridge, a nice patio, and beautiful vineyard.  Their entertainment is great as well. Check out some friends from Fremont called Classic Trenz when they perform.  This winery is on my schedule this summer, and I have heard nothing but great things.
sycamorelakewineco.wixsite.com/winery

Chateau Tebeau Winery, Helena, OH

Literally, this winery is in the middle of corn and soybean fields, is this doesn’t say local wine I don’t know what does!  The air is clean, the building is nice, and the outdoor seating is great.  Besides, these owners made a statement keeping it in Helena, OH, which is on St. Rt. 6, a little west of Fremont.  I stopped in here when returning from the Lake Erie area but I had too many wineries in the last post so I am including this one in the Sorta South.  I found that the people at the surrounding tables were as friendly as we wanted to be, so we had a lotta fun.  Wine is drinkable, and honestly, I only tried a couple of wines so I can’t say anything negative, but at the same time, nothing overly positive either.  This will require another visit for me to confirm my thoughts.  It is important to understand they are open only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
chateautebeauwinery.com

Stay tuned for my next wine tour where I will talk about wineries in the Northwest region of Ohio or check out my previous wine tour in Western Lake Erie.