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“The Best Ohio Winery and One of the Best in US”
Review of Markko Vineyard

Markko Vineyard
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Conneaut
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

This was our second trip to Markko Vineyards. Arnie Markko and his partner Linda run this Vineyard and Winery. Markko has been making Fine Wines (not fruity) but ones using European stock since 1968. The Ohio Wineries all speak fondly of Arnie since he not only was the Godfather but goes out of his way to help new Wineries and Vineyards. The first time I visited Markko, I had the same feeling - OMG what am I getting into - if you want a pretty place go to Debonne or some of the other wineries. If you want Koolaide they are plenty of wineries which will supply you. If you want to learn about wines, taste and buy some award winning wines try Arnie's. Most of the vintage is $25+. We tasted a 2009 Riesling which was just bottled this year - so Markko is more into quality than quantity. The grapes he grows goes into his wines and they are damn good. This one place I would not miss if I am going to any of the wineries in Michigan or Ohio. We tried a 2010 Chardonnay which tasted like he put a dab of butter with it. His Vintage Riesling, if you can get it , is great. We bought a bottle of the Riesling which he just bottled otherwise he has been sold out since last year. His late harvest chardonnay is soo good.
Some of the other comments are true, Linda is not real talkative, but Arnie makes up for it, The place isn't pretty, but I have been to places that were pretty and the wine had not Character or Body just a name and made for masses. I shouldn't give Markko so high a review because I want to be able to buy his wine - either on Internet or preferably in Person and you may get there first.

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Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

With all the old world charm of a graveyard, Markko leaves a bit to be desired from ambiance but makes up for it in delicious wine. This place is not for the faint of heart. You will most likely be served by an indifferent contacerous delightful old woman who couldn't care less if you enjoyed wine or disco danced on the table, but if you do choose the wine she will serve you a large taster without a smile and its doubtful if she charges you a dime for it. She knows her wine and will shoot you straight with what's good and what isn't. You'll get no bull from her, but only a plethera of samples. As you turn off the paved road onto a gravel path don't be put off, and as you approach the dicrepit building know that you're in the right place. If you can overcome your fear you get when you look at the place, you will find the finest dry red and white wines in the region. This stuff is amazing! If you prefer sweeter wines, might I suggest you stay in the car with the doors locked and guard the car while your friends enjoy an amazing Chardonnay.

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Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

This place may look a bit sketchy. You may think you hear banjos playing (think Deliverance). You may wonder if it's an actual winery or just someone's home. But, whatever you think, don't turn away. Take a chance, walk inside, and sample all the delicious wines you want. This is not your typical winery, but the tasty wine and interesting (albeit strange) atmosphere will surely keep your attention. The woman working had such a quirky sense of humor that will make you chuckle as she pours you another tasting. The Chardonnay is INCREDIBLE as is the Cabernet Sauvignon. We bought a case and got 10% off as well as a poster! Markko is not your typical winery...but haven't you had enough of the same old same old? If you have an adventurous spirit, take a chance! You won't regret it...

3  Thank Megan R
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

Group of six visited the vineyard - great experience. Markko is a smaller winery offering strictly estate grown grapes. Owner Arnie Esterer founded the winery in 1968.

Back in the woods and very comfortable. We enjoyed tasting of several wines including '09 Pinot Noir and a wonderful '10 Reserve Chardonnay (my favorite). Also tasted and purchased a bottle of '99 Late Harvest Select Reserve Chard - sweet like an ice wine.
We didn't want to leave.

1  Thank Scott R
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

We were staying in Geneva on the Lake and decided to go wine tasting. Markko Vineyard seemed like it was the furthest away so we started there and worked our way back to Geneva. This was the BEST winery that we visited all day. We purchased several bottles of wine. We prefer Chardonnay and Cabernet wines and they had quite a variety to choose from. Their wines were full-bodied and very flavorful. Some other places in the area have wines that taste more like flavored water but you won't be disappointed in the wine or the customer service.

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