A Favorite Cincinnati Destination
Photography by Gary Baker
Where can you go in the Greater Cincinnati area to relax and enjoy a homegrown glass of wine and fine dining? Vinoklet Winery in Colerain Township is the place. In addition to award-winning wines, Vinoklet hosts several fun events throughout the year, along with family and corporate events.
Many may be surprised to know that in the mid-1800s, Ohio was America’s “wine country” and the nation’s largest producer of wine. With a soil and climate conducive to excellent wine making, Ohio still ranks among the nation’s top 10 states in wine production. A winner in highly competitive state and regional competitions, Cincinnati’s very own Vinoklet Winery ranks among Ohio’s top wine producers and is the only working winery in Hamilton County. “We are very proud to represent Cincinnati at the competitions,” says Kreso Mikulic, owner and founder of Vinoklet Winery. “When you drink Vinoklet wine, you really experience something from Ohio.” Each wine is a unique product of its specific climate, soil and skill of its wine master. Speaking to Mikulic reveals the genuine heart and soul necessary to craft such top quality wines. Experiencing the distinct taste of an award-winning Ohio River Valley wine is not the only local experience guests will have at Vinoklet Winery. On the first weekend after Labor Day each September, the winery organizes an annual Art and Wine Festival, featuring local musicians and regional artists. The two-day, fun filled festival offers something for all ages, from musical performances throughout the day, to the annual grape stomping.
Other events throughout the year include craft shows and live performances by top local bands and theatrical artists, including the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. “This is a place we want people to relax and enjoy,” Mikulic says.
Visitors to the winery are drawn into the cozy, intimate setting. The huge, rustic stone fireplace gives the main dining area an incredible warmth and glow, and if you come close to sunset or twilight, make sure you book a table next to a window to experience the gorgeous sunset over the winery. The “Grill to Perfection” dinners on Fridays and Saturdays allow guests to grill their own entrees to their liking, while other menu options are available throughout the weekdays. Weddings and rehearsal dinners are particularly popular, especially since views of the winery provide some of the most unique and stunning backgrounds for photos. Special events such as birthdays, anniversaries and parties are also in demand, as are corporate events, and off-site meetings or corporate training sessions. The staff is very flexible and aims to meet the needs of the occasion. “We have a lot of repeat customers, and they become like family,” Mikulic says. “We are committed to making guests feel completely comfortable and at home at the winery.” Voted “Best of the West” in 2017 by Cincinnati Magazine, the winery has expanded its activities over the past few years and continues to add new events to its calendar. New this year is a “Murder Mystery Dinner” and “Girl’s Night Out.” Whatever the occasion, whether enjoying a relaxing glass of local, homegrown wine or a memorable family or corporate event, make no mistake – Vinoklet Winery is quickly becoming one of Cincinnati’s favorite destinations.
Vinoklet Winery is located at 11069 Colerain Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45252. For more information, call 513.385.9309 or visit www.vinokletwines.com.