Travel a few minutes south to the award-winning Dragonfly Vineyard and Wine Cellar. Visit this 4-acre vineyard in the Mad River Valley that produces its wine in its own on-site wine cellar from grapes that originate from its own estate vineyard as well as local and national vineyards. In the colder months, a fireplace keeps you warm and cozy and in the warmer months sit among the vines or on their new covered patio and enjoy the beautiful view!
Jump back on Highway 68 and head down the road to the largest indoor fish hatchery and the largest producer of fresh trout products in Ohio. At Freshwater Farms of Ohio, their well-known retail store is bursting at the seams with gifts, local foods, and local wine. Ask about their popular smoked trout spreads and take home a bottle of wine that pairs wonderfully with the assortment of Ohio cheeses that are also available. Freshwater Farms of Ohio is passionate about supporting local food and products.
Venture to Teabaggers on N. Main Street in Urbana for a lunch stop, or to shop their extensive selection of coffees and teas, or to enjoy a beverage from the espresso bar. Enjoy a salad, a panini, a specialty or classic sandwich, a cup or bowl of homemade soup, a pastry, or the cheesecake of the day. While enjoying your meal, share a bottle of wine or enjoy your own glass of fine wine from their varied selection.
Calling all night owls! The next stop on our trail takes you to one of Champaign County's newest businesses, The Spotted Owl Coffeehouse located at 115 N. Main Street in Urbana. During the day, the Spotted Owl will offer to-go lunch items like sandwiches. At night, it will open its doors for those seeking flights and charcuterie boards and, of course, wine!
Just a quick walk to Café Paradiso, located at 13 Monument Square, and you will find a little piece of Tuscany with a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Sip on a glass of vino while you enjoy a plate of freshly prepared Italian food. Café Paradiso offers complete lunch, dinner, and wine menus where you will find a flavor for any occasion.
No need to leave the Monument Square District for this next stop on the wine trail! One of Champaign County's newest businesses is Pequeños Tapas and Wine Bar. This beautiful wine bar with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, was created in hopes that guests will be able to share a memorable experience with family and friends over Spanish and Portuguese inspired small plates, wine and beer. Their authentic tapas plates pay homage to the great flavors of Portugal and Spain and pair great with the multiple wines and cervezas that will be carried in the wine bar.
The remaining two stops on the Champaign County Wine Trail take you to the eastern part of the county to the village of Mechanicsburg. MIXX 165 is a hidden gem that offers an extensive lunch and dinner menu. In addition, MIXX 165 is focused on craft beer selections with new selections being offered weekly on rotating taps, including a strong focus on Ohio craft beer. In addition to the craft beers on tap, an extensive wine collection is available, including many Ohio wines. Consider going on “Wine Wednesday” where select bottles of wine are half off.
As you head into the countryside you will be greeted with more beautiful views and winding country roads that lead you to Folck Winery. Here, micro-wines are made from hand-picked berries grown on their small, family farm. Choose from a variety of strawberry, red raspberry and blackberry wine as well as artisan jam and honey that are also available. At Folck Winery, the tasting room is available by appointment and curbside pickup is available by calling the winery.