Our Winery

An Ohio winery was never in the Smith's (previous owners) plans, but sometimes things just happen! Before they purchased/renovated  the Wishmaker House, their plan was to create a relaxing, enjoyable environment for locals and guests to enjoy in the evenings. Because the number of liquor licenses is restricted by a percentage of county population in Ohio,  there were no liquor licenses available in Bellville So they had to think outside the box! Ohio law states that if you "produce" alcohol on premise, you are automatically entitled to a liquor license. Thus, Wishmaker House Wines were born. 

During our purchase process of The Wishmaker House, Vic Swisher (original vintner) asked Donnie Van Meter if he would be interested in learning the wine production process. The whole winery side was not of much interest to Donnie. You see, Donnie does not like alcohol. But, soon Donnie got the bug. After a very short time, wine became Donnie's passion. Donnie had quite a heavy burden to carry on when it came to Wishmaker's wine reputation.  Vic had made some pretty impressive wines. At the 2015 Ohio Wine competition he received a double Gold for our Moscato ( the highest award) and a silver medal for our Rhubarb and Starry Night. Vic continued to guide Donnie through the process for about a year after purchase. At this point, Donnie had become a vintner in his own right.  A lot of research was involved and we have spent many weekends visiting wineries, talking with owners and staff, and taking tours to see how other wineries operate. Donnie has now produced several of his own award winning wines. We have gone from Vic's original 11 wines to 25 at present. From time to time we still get a visit from Vic to see how we are progressing. He has seen the winery move beyond his dreams. We would like to think that he is proud of us and what we continue to accomplish.

Upon purchase in 2018, Wishmaker produced 1000 gallons of wine a year.  We currently produce about 4,700 gallons of wine per year. All of our wine is made from crushed fruit grown in either Ohio or New York with the exception of our Malbec. When it comes to grape wines, we currently specialize in regional varietals such as Niagara and Concord. But, The Wishmaker House is known for its sweet fruit wines. Very few in Richland County would argue that we stand among the best when it comes to our fruit wines. However, our wine bar serves not only our in house wines, but wines from around the world. We also serve delicious food with a focus on fresh and local ingredients. We are very excited to be able to share our wines with you and we hope that you will enjoy spending a relaxing evening in our wine bar or on our patio. Our winery and wine bar opened on March 21, 2014. Stop in and see what it's all about and enjoy some really great seasonal salads, soups and sandwiches. The winery and restaurant are open 11:00am-10:00pm Wednesday thru Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-8:00pm. Our kitchen closes at 9:00pm Wednesday-Saturday. Reservations are accepted.

                                                                        Winery and Restaurant Hours
                                               11-10pm Wednesday thru Saturday and Sunday 11-8pm

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 Upcoming Events

Join us for our upcoming Murder Mystery Dinner!

October 26th!