We’ve been trying to get to this winery for some time now. We finally made it! Their tasting room was this quaint little cottage, but don’t let it fool you, it’s bigger than it looks.
The tasting room is nestled on the grounds of a picnic-like setting. Hanover Winery is host to events that sometimes bring in 500-1000 people.
We were fortunate that upon our arrival, we were greeted by owner and wine maker, Eddie McDonald who provided us with a wonderful experience. With a love of chemistry, Eddie crafts his wines to feature the true flavor of the fruit.
We worked our way through a number of his wines, learning more about his process and enjoying good conversation.
Here’s what we tried:
- Vidal Blanc
- Hanover White – a blend of Vidal and Seyval
- Pink Toad – Catawba
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Sweet Lizzy – a blend of Vidal and Concord
- Unleashed – a blend of Raspberry and Riesling
- Black Dahlia – Blackberry Merlot
- Marechal Foch
- Baco Noir
- 2011 Attitude – a port style wine made from Baco Noir grapes
- Ohio Apple – a blend of seven different types of apples
- Hanover Red – a blend of Marechal Foch, Chambourcin, and Concord
- Mason’s Red – a sweet Cabernet Sauvignon
- Bubbly – Muscat
- Soft Red – Concord
- Peach – made from 100% Red Haven peaches
Eddie’s “true to the fruit” philosophy comes through on so many of his wines. His Traminette is softer in the nose and flavor without the floral bouquet overwhelming it. Unleashed was clearly raspberry and the Apple, Blackberry, Cranberry, and Peach were as close to the fruit as it gets. He touts Mason’s Red as mirroring the flavor of an actual Cabernet Sauvignon grape before it is fermented. Although considered a sweet wine, it was not so overwhelmingly so and was a real treat.
Hanover’s reds are full of fruit flavor with less emphasis on the tannins. Bushmaster, who prefers less tannins, found them all very enjoyable. The whites are not heavy on acid which makes them quite enjoyable too.
My favorites were Marechal Foch, Attitude, Mason’s Red, Blackberry, and Cranberry. Bushmaster’s favorites were Marquette, Chambourcin, Attitude, Mason’s Red, Blackberry, and Cranberry.
After such a great experience and some really good wines, we were wondering what took us so long to find this gem. We will definitely be planning return visits!