The Uncorked Medina Wine Festival is July 19 & 20 at Buffalo Creek Retreat

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The 2019 Uncorked Medina Wine Festival will be held on the grounds of the beautiful Buffalo Creek Retreat in Seville.

By Mimi Vanderhaven

The Uncorked Medina Wine Festival is back for a third exciting year, this time featuring “the best of Ohio wines.” The two-day festival is being held Friday, July 19, 4-9 p.m., and Saturday, July 20, 2-9 p.m., on the grounds of the beautiful Buffalo Creek Retreat in Seville (part of Medina County Parks).

The festival will feature 14 different Ohio wineries, each bringing 6-8 wines, produced not only from local grapes, but also from those imported from California and beyond, including popular varietals like cabernet, merlot, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

If you prefer barley and hops over the grape, that’s okay, too. This year’s festival also features 10 different craft beers from the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, plus live entertainment and shopping opportunities in The Marketplace.

Food trucks include Hatfield’s Goode Grub on Friday, as well as Krav and Tropical Flame on both Friday and Saturday.

Friday, July 19

On Friday, the Uncorked Medina Wine Festival runs from 4-9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate and include 10 tasting tickets. There’s also a designated driver ticket for $10 that includes water and soft drinks.

Friday evening also features a special event called Sip & Savor, which runs from 6-8 p.m. The separate $50 ticket includes the same 10 tasting tickets plus delicious fare from some of the area’s top restaurants, including:

  • Blue Heron Brewery and Event Center
  • 111 Bistro
  • The City Square Steakhouse
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Samosky’s Homestyle Pizza
  • 17 Public Square
  • Westfield Country Club
  • Yellow Cheese House
  • Wine Down & Sweets Cafe

Friday’s entertainment is Ellen Swain from 4 to 6:15 p.m., and acoustic guitarist Victor Samalot from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

The two-day festival includes wine, craft beer, food, shopping and live entertainment.

Saturday, July 20
Festival hours on Saturday are 2-9 p.m. The evening also includes the popular Twilight Dinner at 6 p.m., featuring a five-course dinner by 111 Bistro’s legendary Chef Anthony Scolaro. Twilight Dinner tickets are $125 or you may purchase a table of eight for $900 (tasting tickets are included). Mimi got a sneak peek at Chef Anthony’s menu, which will feature heirloom tomato salad, scallop with cream sweet corn, spice rubbed salmon, grilled asparagus, a petite filet, zucchini succotash, herbed pound cake, crème anglaise and more.

Saturday’s entertainment is Jim Gill from 2 to 4 p.m. and John Husbands from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Traditional rock and pop artist Twin B Project takes the stage from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m.

The festival is an ideal way to celebrate summer with friends and family. (Below) The Twilight Dinner is a five-course dinner by 111 Bistro’s Anthony Scolaro.

Meet the Wineries

Participating Ohio wineries include:

  • High & Low Winery
  • Urban Vintner
  • D.D. Smith Winery
  • CLE Urban Winery
  • The Winery at Wolf Creek
  • Lincoln Way Vineyards
  • Troutman Vineyards
  • Thorn Creek Winery & Gardens
  • The New Frontier Cider Co.
  • Gervasi Vineyards
  • Feisty Mead
  • RedHead Winery
  • It’s Your Winery
  • L’uva Bella Winery & Bistro

Creative Show Promotions along with Jeanne Hurt of Bloom Event Planning Management and Services, and Kelley Jones of Kelley Consults. Proceeds from the festival benefit Friends of Medina County Parks which supports the mission of the park district in many ways, including sponsorships of park programs and financial assistance for park projects.

Parking and shuttle information is available at

For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets or to sign up to volunteer, please visit