This summer, the “new and notable” are the headliners. For starters, Camelot Cellars in Columbus recently moved to new digs in Olde Towne East, and their longtime supporters can look forward to…well, to more of everything: a more spacious tasting room and a bigger wine production area, which customers can access when they make and bottle their own wine. If you can’t spare the time for production, Camelot’s “Adopt-A-Batch” program enables customers to select a wine, custom-label it and cork it on the spot. Visitors also will find an on-site bistro and craft beer – both new developments at this location.
It’s all new at Dalton Union Winery outside of Marysville, which opened its doors August 1, 2015 – and the changes keep coming: In the first few months, owner Tonya Mabry and her husband already were expanding. They started with a 280-square-foot tasting room and just launched the new space in June, more than six times the size of the original! They’re adding live music on Saturdays.
Late August/early September is the target time for opening the new St. Ives Winery in Cable, in the west-central part of the state. Their wines, already sold in area retail outlets, range from dry vinifera Cabernet Sauvignon to sweet-fruity Pomegranate, Wildberry and Coconut. Their newest creations are a sweet red spiced wine and two meads, all crafted and bottled on-site.
Our last item comes from the 1285 Winery in Mansfield, which is practically its own entertainment center: not only do they serve up vino and casual meals, they also feature monthly yoga classes, wine-and-paint parties, and on Fridays, live music. Both the winery and their patio have received awards in the past year and, since the winery opened 18 months ago, they’ve joined the new Mansfield Convention and Visitors Bureau’s new “Wine and Ale Trail” for Richland County.