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Cheers to great wine and scenic grounds at Northeast Ohio wineries

3News special contributor Emily Mayfield visits two local wineries perfect for fall, with plenty of space to social distance.

RICHFIELD, Ohio — Northeast Ohio is home to plenty of amazing wineries, and if you're looking for a great place to unwind and do it safely, there's no shortage of options.

3News special contributor Emily Mayfield checked out two local spots perfect for a fall day.

First stop: Michael Angelo's Winery, Richfield, Ohio

Brothers Mike and Matt Ciocca were already well-known in Richfield for their original family business, Michael Angelo's Bakery, before they expanded into the wine business in 2018.

"Our bakery passion started 20 years ago making amazing cakes for Northeast Ohio, that's what we're most known for," Mike told Emily. "From there, we had a passion for wine and we wanted to bring something where the wine and the bakery came together."

It all comes together in a beautiful setting on Broadview Road, where several varietals are made in-house, with state of the art equipment. With 15,000 square feet inside and expanded scenic outdoor seating areas, you'll find no shortage of space to safely social distance.

Plus, you can't forget the food.

"All our pastas [are homemade], we make scratch bread here, we do all our sauces," Mike said. "It's just an amazing marriage between the bakery and the food and the wine."

Second stop: Sapphire Creek Winery and Gardens, Chagrin Falls, Ohio

Sapphire Creek Winery and Gardens co-owners Kathleen and Andy Dangelo fell in love with the seamless incorporation of the indoor and outdoor spaces prevalent at Napa Valley wineries and decided to bring that concept home to Northeast Ohio. They opened Sapphire Creek in the spring of 2018.

"We encourage people after their meal to wander around the grounds, whatever season it is, and we do have all these little vignettes that they can come and explore while they sip their wine," Kathleen told Emily.

The fun doesn't even have to end in the fall - surrounded by a forest of oak and beech trees, their raised deck features retractable screens on three sides, overhead radiant heating and a cozy fireplace. 

So add these two great spots to your next wine tour, and enjoy safely. Cheers!

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