Thursday, September 5, 2013

Maize Valley Winery in Hartville

Maize Valley Winery in Hartville
by Brit Charek

Whether you're looking for a romantic dinner on a patio with live music or an afternoon family outing, Maize Valley Winery is the perfect place to enjoy the fall harvest. Located about 25 minutes from downtown Akron, Maize Valley is a restaurant, a market that sells locally sourced foods and an award winning winery with a comfortable tasting room.

I recently spent the afternoon at Maize Valley, sampling some wines in their tasting room and then eating lunch on their beautiful patio out back. The staff were pleasant and very knowledgable about the wines and the food was great, especially considering how reasonably it was priced. Take a peak at their menu by clicking here.

My friend Dina, a fellow blogger who wrote about Shear Possibilities and the Hartville Thrift Shoppe, ordered the best of both worlds: a burger with a quinoa and black bean salad

I opted for the soup and half sandwich-- the homemade Roasted Red Pepper Soup was amazing!
While I was roaming around the market, I saw employees setting up a private dining room for a wedding rehearsal dinner, which was absolutely beautiful.

Private dining area. Photo couresty of Maize Valley's website

Maize Valley will be hosting special fall activities including a corn maze and pumpkin cannon firing starting on September 12th. They are also having a Hot Air Balloon Lift Off and Art Fest on September 28th, and on October 12 they will be hosting a giant car crushing, pumpkin eating robot dinosaur called Megasaurus-- I made certain to mark my calendar for that one. For more details about upcoming events and family friendly fun, check out Maize Valley's event calendar.  

Make sure to check Akron Empire next week to see how you can win a Fall Hartville Getaway!

These chairs on the back of the patio are the best place to relax, have a glass of wine and enjoy the fleeting warm weather.

Maize Valley Winery is located at 6193 Edison St. NE (St. Rt. 619) in Hartville, Ohio.


  1. Thank you for stopping by Brit! We are really proud of our staff and so glad you also enjoyed some of the unique menu items we offer. We are sort of a winery with ADHD and people don't always understand all we do.

    Please give me a shout when you stop out this fall. Megasaurus day is pretty nuts and the new improved NASHOG Pig Race track is looking pretty cool. We may be the only place you can sip a glass of wine while you watch a pumpkin fly, see pigs race and come back later in the year for a 5 course paired wine dinner featuring....well pork? ;-)

    Take care

    Bill Bakan
    Fun TSAR
    Maize Valley

  2. Also Brit

    Have you ever gotten out to Walborn Reservoir? Pretty cool place, to fish, mild hike, horseback (if you have your own horses) rent a kayak, canoe, or even small motor boat. It's about 5 minutes from us. A real value. Another neat winery is Barrel Run, they are about North and East of us, Portage County I think? Even just a drive down Swamp Road (just North of us) is pretty cool in the summer. Lots of vegetables grown there and the red romaine and green leaf against the back drop of the Black as Coal Hartville Muck soils looks pretty cool. The road has lots of history to it. Funny with all the "Buy local" etc. there used to be 20 farm markets lining that street as late as the 70's but folks flocked to the super markets and the markets folded. The last one was called Hartville Farms and it was owned by a local IGA owner, but when he had to sell out to Giant Eagle the last one folded. Anyhow take care and thanks again.


  3. What a fun stop. While I'd prefer to relax inside, I'm sure the pumpkin firing is a huge hit with the kids! The Hot Air Balloon Lift Off sounds like a lot of fun. Looks like Maize Valley Winery has some great events on the horizon!