It’s been a busy year for us so far and unfortunately we haven’t been able to visit many wineries. So, when we had a Saturday afternoon free, we decided to hit the road and see what adventures we could find. We had a family party to attend in Medina and decided to check out some wineries after the party.

Our first stop was Filia Cellars Winery (3059 Greenwich Road, Wadsworth, Ohio 44281). Filia means daughter in Latin and is a tribute to owner and winemaker, Lisa, who followed in her father’s footsteps in the wine making and grape growing fields. We had a chance to talk to Lisa and her husband, Mitch, about the history of the winery and the wines they offered. Lisa’s family was originally from the west side of Cleveland before her father moved the family and their wine making business to Napa.

Lisa decided to return to Ohio and found a great property in Norton, Ohio, near Akron to open her own winery. Unfortunately, the soil tests on the property showed the land being very wet, which is not good for grape vines, so she was forced to find another location. With luck on her side she came across an old farmhouse that need a complete restoration. Lisa and Mitch were determined to get the winery up and running and in 2015 Filia Cellars Winery opened their doors.

Filia Cellars offers a great selection of wines ranging from dry to sweet and a couple of fruit wines. I was very impressed with their Dry Riesling but fell in love with their blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc called Isabella (named after one of their daughters).

The winery itself is broken up into multiple rooms, each with its own ambiance and theme. Since the weather was so nice, we headed outside to their picnic tables overlooking a small pond. We were quickly greeted by the very friendly duck, Fin, who we learned tends to bite any feet that are in sandals (some guests even keep a pair of tennis shoes in their car when they come to visit Fin). The winery was very peaceful and since we ended up having such a great time, we never made it to any other wineries.

Filia Cellars Winery is open Wednesday – Friday 5pm – 10pm and Saturdays 12pm – 10pm. I highly recommend the trip out there – just make sure you don’t wear sandals!

Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on the winery, please visit

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Amanda Conkol and her husband Chris are the owners of Candlelight Winery in Garrettsville, Ohio. Amanda’s passion for wine is evident in her weekly column “Notes From The Vineyard”, but that’s not all Amanda is passionate about. She maintains a full schedule raising twin daughters, working a day job consulting as an IT Project Manager and is the Girl Troop Leader for her daughters’ troop. When time allows Amanda loves to travel (especially to Disney World) and go for runs throughout Nelson Township.