Grand River Valley Wine Region to Host 9th Annual Turkey Trot to Help Local Food Banks

The leaves are in full bloom which means it’s time to start thinking about the 9th Annual Grand River Valley Wine Region Turkey Trot. Join Debonné Vineyards, Ferrante Winery & Ristorante, Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant, Laurello Vineyards, and St. Joseph Vineyards on Saturday, November 5th from 12:00 pm  – 5:00 p.m. for this drive yourself tour of wine tasting paired with food samples for your Thanksgiving meal.

All five participating wineries are within 10 minutes of each other making this a very convenient excursion for travelers. Each winery will feature a different part of the Thanksgiving meal and pair two wines that compliment it. In addition, recipes will be given out. The cost is only $5.00 per person at each winery and if you bring in a canned food item to each winery you will receive $1.00 off. These food items will be donated to the local food banks just in time for the holidays.

“The Turkey Trot is a celebration of the end of harvest as we prepare for the holiday season,” states Nick Ferrante, winemaker and owner of Ferrante Winery & Ristorante. “This year in particular we have so much to celebrate with a stellar harvest. With the incredibly warm temperatures the harvest of 2016 is predicted to be one of the best in history, especially for the red wines.”

“The holiday season is a time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends,” says Cindy Lindberg, owner of Grand River Cellars. “Having local wines on the table just makes sense, especially for the younger generation that really pride themselves in eating and drinking locally produced products. This event will help you stock your wine cooler!”

While visiting the area the group encourages travelers to take a mini-vacation and spend their weekend in wine country. There are lots of shops to visit and beautiful covered bridges to check out in the area. For those looking for other things to do in the area contact the Ashtabula County Conventions & Visitors Bureau ( or the Lake County Conventions & Visitors Bureau (

The Turkey Trot is just one of a series of events The Winegrowers of the Grand River Valley host each year. Other events include the ever-popular Ice Wine Festival and the Cask Tasting. For more information about the Turkey Trot call 440-466-3485 or go to

Patrons will visit each of the five wineries in any order they choose. Each winery will provide samples of their wines along with a delicious appetizer. Area maps will be provided at all wineries to help patrons plan their trail.

Turkey Trot Menu
Debonne Vineyards
Turkey Sliders on a Potato Bun
Ferrante Winery & Ristorante
Cranberry Puff Pastry Square
Grand River Cellars Winery & Restaurant
Cheddar, Bacon & Cornbread Fritter topped with a Cranberry Glaze
Laurello Vineyards
Cranberry DeJohn Cream Cheese Appetizer
St. Joseph Vineyards
Ohio Corn Pancakes with Mackenzie Goat Cheese

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