If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon, I recommend a visit to Harmony Hill Winery in Bethel. Bethel sounds far away, but really, it’s only about 15 miles outside of Anderson, and not that far off of Beechmont Avenue.
I’ve written about Harmony Hill before, and it’s only gotten better. They’ve upgraded their tasting room. It’s so much fun to bring your friends, buy a bottle of wine, and grab an umbrella’d table, and just sit and listen to whatever acoustic band might be playing. It’s a perfect way to relax on a Saturday afternoon.
Of course, while you’re there, you really need to try their wines as well. At .50/taste, you can’t go wrong with trying whatever they have available. My favorite white is the Ovation, which is a Vidal Blanc blend, but our friends really enjoyed the Traminette Concerto. We also got to try, straight out of the tanks, two reds that will be bottled soon – the Rhapsody and the Rubato.
A visit to Harmony Hill is a great way to learn more about more domestic and French-American hybrid grapes. Bill and Patti, winemakers and owners, are more than willing to share their knowledge. I truly believe that Ohio wines are under-rated and intend on shipping a case out to California this fall for my Wine Bloggers Conference. That case will definitely include some Harmony Hill.
One of the great things about Harmony Hill is that it’s both kid and dog friendly. Our friends brought both with them, and it was no problem at all. I recommend packing a picnic lunch and grabbing a nice chilled bottle of wine at the tasting counter, sitting back, and just enjoying life.
Harmony Hill Winery
2534 Swings Corner / Point Isabel Road
Bethel, OH 45106
Open all Summer: Fridays, 5-9 pm, Satudays, noon – 6 pm
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