The inspiration of opening a winery originated from the love of fine wines and the charming local wineries of the Grand River Valley. Opening a winery evolved into more than just an idea when two brothers were hunting in Idaho. While sampling some wines from California, it became clear that Northeast Ohio also has the potential to offer great wines. From here the idea came to life when the search began for the perfect place to make Laurentia a home. Things materialized as we acquired land for our vines and eventually this spot to build our winery. Plantings commenced in 2011 and in the following years while we broke ground for our production building and beautiful winery in 2013. It has been a long, exciting process, but we are completely rewarded with the end result and welcome you to share our joy.
The original inspiration was the owner’s Colorado cabin “Frying Pan Fish Camp”. The winery was to look like a house so that guests would feel as though they are invited to a comfortable home & not a commercial building. The stone used on the walls of the building is intended to reference the Grand River canyon walls helping to connect the building with its location. The architecture & materials are traditional & essentially timeless, lending a feeling of history & quality. Taking advantage of the terrific views from the winery was a priority.
Laurentia, the ancient land mass of North America, was once covered by a thick layer of ice. The glacier traveled south from Canada into Ohio and as it slowly retreated, deposited a geologic bounty forming Ohio’s Grand River Region. These rich complex soils, along with the cooling breezes of Lake Erie, make this a unique terroir that Laurentia, our winery and vineyards, calls home.
Laurentia is also the name of a small star shaped flower similar to Creeping Phlox. (This is the flower on our logo)