Discover Geneva’s “Church Winery” at South River Vineyard

Ohio’s Wine Country is overflowing with world-class wineries and impeccable scenery. South River Vineyard is most recognizable as the “church winery” and gives its visitors a unique way to sip on their favorite reds and whites. Take in the scents of the vineyard, uncork your favorite bottle, and relax fireside at this cozy vineyard.

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Everything You Need to Know About South River Vineyard

Embark on one of Ohio’s best wineries at South River Vineyard. The self-proclaimed “church winery” has a reputation in the region for entrancing views and top-notch wine. This is one you don’t want to miss. Start planning your trip to the winery today!


  • History of South River Vineyard

South River Vineyard is comprised of a church that initially sat in Shalersville, Ohio. Owner Gene Sigel was driving past the old church on his way to Kent one day and asked a resident if he could photograph it. The resident replied, “you can do more than photograph it; you can have it.” And so, Sigel began dismantling the 1892 church and brought it back to Geneva.

It has operated just off of South River Road since 2002 and remains a favorite for locals looking for a quiet place to unwind.


  • The Experience

red wineThe winery continues to restore some of the most critical factors of the church to preserve its bones. Sit in the original pews, stand over the reclaimed wood flooring, and awe at the stained glass windows. 

However, that’s not to exclude their newer additions. Recline in an Adirondack chair and relax in the vines or warm up by the large, outdoor fireplace. South River doesn’t need the sights and sounds like some of its counterparts—become one with Mother Nature at South River Vineyard.

Travel Tip: South River Vineyards is just 50 miles east of Cleveland and a quick 20-minute drive to Geneva-on-the-Lake. 


  • The Wine

Chances are you came for the wine, and South River doesn’t disappoint. The winery offers oak-aged Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Don’t hesitate, open a bottle and stay awhile—the winery offers recorking if you don’t finish. Want to enjoy South River at home? Purchase a bottle or a case to bring back with you!   


Come Back to The Lakehouse Inn Resort

lakehouse inn room 5Once you’ve explored the many wineries of Northern Ohio, fall back to The Lakehouse Inn. A stay in one of our comfortable inn rooms is unparalleled in relaxation. Our eight different guest rooms include king or queen-size accommodations, private bathrooms, and most have first-floor access.

Book the Wine Lover’s Package and enjoy a bottle of Lakehouse Inn wine, two souvenir wine glasses, a corkscrew, and an artisan cheese plate. We are so excited to welcome you to Geneva-on-the-Lake