The Two Hearts team has put together a list of wineries in the Akron area that host special events. This is by no means a comprehensive list. Most of these venues are more suitable for smaller events, like your bridal shower or rehearsal dinner, but a few can hold larger wedding parties as well. Winery photo at right by Janicki Photography.
The Candlelight Winery has a covered deck attached to the winery that can hold up to 40 people. The deck has two fireplaces which make it available year round and in the summer the screened shutters open up, allowing the summer breeze to blow through. There is no “rental fee” but there is a minimum purchase agreement to reserve the space.
This lovely setting is perfect for a smaller gathering under 50 people. The Great Room, which is a separate building adjacent to the winery, has a breathtaking view of Wolf Creek and the surrounding vineyards and is the perfect location for rehearsal dinners, small weddings and receptions, baby and wedding showers. It’s a minimum rental of two hours. You may contract with any caterer or bring in your own food. For more details click here.
Jilbert Winery’s beautiful banquet room provides a choice of options for entertaining parties from 30 to 80. The winery produces honey wine and is housed in a historic dairy barn and has a covered patio for the summer months. The loft dining room has an elegant country atmosphere with open rafters and a large stone fireplace and is available for rent without food service for non-wedding events. Click here for details.
This vineyard is located about 20 minutes from KSU, on the southern end of Kent, and has a hospitality room that can accommodate groups up to 60. In a quiet, rural setting with a great view of the lake, the banquet room is adjacent to their working winery. Their rental fees are very reasonable and you can choose to bring your own food or use their on-site catering service. For a video overview, click here.
This winery can accommodate group sizes from 50 in their party room to 400 with tenting. From bridal showers and rehearsal dinners, to birthdays, anniversaries, or meetings, the staff at Maize Valley can help plan the details to make your special day memorable. Maize Valley provides catering for party room rentals and a variety of options are available for wine sampling during your event. Click here for details.
Mastropietro Winery is a lovely winery with several options for smaller events. Their banquet room comfortably sits 48 people and has kitchen access for your approved caterer. The Gazebo can seat a total of 48 and can be rented in conjunction with the banquet room. And a single rustic pavilion has 10 picnic tables that can seat 6-8 people per table. They will not be taking reservations for large weddings/receptions for 2015. Click here for details.
Sarah’s Vineyard is in a beautiful barn located across from Blossom Music Center and can accommodate groups up to 100 for private parties when the winery is closed (Mon-Tues). They do not host weddings or receptions. They charge a flat fee for the rental and food can be ordered off their menu or you can bring in your own. Click here for details.
Thorncreek is a gorgeous venue and has several options for event rental: The Fireplace Nook which can accommodate up to 20 guests; The Front Cellar (up to 30); The Aging Cellar (up to 75); The Winery & Gardens - The Secret Tented Waterfall Garden (up to 225); and the entire winery which can hold 225 or more. Parties of over 150 must rent out the entire winery for the night and must use one of their approved caterers and rental companies. Click here for more details.
The ballroom in The Villa Grande is also perfect for rehearsal dinners, showers and wedding luncheons. For more details, click here. For a sampling of gorgeous wedding photos taken at Gervasi like the two below by Genevieve Nisly Photography, click here.