Buckeye Lake Winery
13750 Rosewood Rd
Thornville, OH 43076
Let me preface this article by saying that I know that Buckeye Lake has been in the press lately for some negative reasons. If you aren’t aware, much of the lake’s summer boat traffic was eliminated by the lowering of the dam’s water levels. Please don’t let that deter you from going to Buckeye Lake Winery! It truly is a tranquil place with tasty small plates and incredibly kind owners.
The atmosphere is by far my favorite aspect of visiting the winery. The interior of the building is well-decorated, but you must sit outside if you can. The patio is enormous, filled with umbrella-topped tables and shade trees, as well as a gorgeous view of the lake. You can also find a firepit, surrounded by a number of super-comfy Adirondack chairs. Snag one of these chairs if you can – they are so relaxing to sit in, and they have a built-in wine holder slot. In fact, I liked them so much that I bought two for my own home! There is also live music outside on many weekend days. It is indisputably a picturesque spot to spend an afternoon, just watching the water and enjoying the wine.
Speaking of wine, Buckeye Lake Winery has some solid wine options. I am partial to the Lake View Red (a dry red blend), but there are plenty of great choices made just for the winery, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Zinfandel, and Lake View White, a dry white blend. All are made with California grapes, with the exception of the new Sweet Lake View, which is made on-site with Ohio grapes. Try a flight to sample them all and find one that suits you!
The small plates menu is small, but very satisfying. Nothing goes better with wine (or anything else for that matter) than cheese, and the Walnut and Apple Brie, served warm with port wine reduction and crostini hits the spot. Don’t miss the Deep-fried Green Beans, or the Winery Chips, house-made and topped with French Onion sauce, Parmesan cheese and scallions. My absolute favorite item though? The Fig and Gorgonzola flatbread. You should probably order two, because you won’t want to share. This pizza delight contains garlic cream sauce, mission figs, smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and gorgonzola, meeting all the sweet and salty cravings you’ve ever had. There are a few dinner selections with entrees like salmon, strip steak, and chicken penne, but ordering a bunch of small plates is so much more fun because you can try everything that way! The winery also offers brunch on Sundays from 11-2, complete with menu items such as eggs benedict, bagels + lox, and made-to-order omelettes.
So, stop in and visit Buckeye Lake Winery! Get there before warm weather is over to enjoy the magical patio and serene vibes.
Culinary Clue: If you are a food truck fan, stop in on Tuesdays for Food Truck Tuesdays! They feature a different mobile eatery each week, so you can nosh on a variety of treats while you imbibe!