A couple of years ago when Harmony Hill opened to the public, the owners faced a big challenge - their location. This hard-to-find winery is located in a very rural area outside Bethel, Ohio. An online map won't get you there and the mailbox numbers seemed to be randomly placed along the road in no specific order. We turned around twice, sure we were missing something - but we hadn't gone far enough. This winery seems to have surpassed this obstacle. When we finally found the winery, we encountered a huge number of visitors that turned out on a Saturday afternoon...plus several of their wines were sold out. This indicates one thing to me: success. Once we found it, we pulled into the long drive back to the tasting room. I was immediately impressed with what I saw. The grounds were lovely and I noticed several seating areas as we drove to the parking area. The main parking lot was full, and we had to park in the overflow parking area - but it wasn't very far away at all. As we walked from the car to the tasting room, I could hear the sound of live music as we passed the vineyard. In the main seating area near the building there were many groups of people picnicking and listening to the music. Everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time.
Bethel winery expands business underground
BY MICHELLE SHAW | COMMUNITY PRESS STAFF WRITER BETHEL -
It's hard to imagine this place is called Harmony Hill. With an enormous hole in the ground and piles of dirt and broken limestone being surrounded by a crane, tractors and semis, the noises fell together in a symphony that might open to less than rave reviews. But by next spring the hole will be filled and covered by a stage, a parking lot or a patio and landscaping will disguise it ever being there.
Wow!! What a summer. 2006 was greater than we could have imagined. Thank you to all of those visitors who have made this summer truly memorable. Following is a collage of 2006's SUMMER SATURDAYS.
September 30th AAC ANNUAL PICNIC
Harmony Hill entertained 120 staff and family members of Anesthesia Associates of Cincinnati for their annual Fall Harvest Picnic. The weather was wet but the spirits weren't dampened. See you all next Fall.
August 19th JAZZ IN THE COUNTRY
'Jazz in the Country', as Harmony Hill featured the soft jazz sounds of Emerson & Hagerman. Thanks guys for making it one of the busiest Saturdays of the summer. The music was wonderful, and Patti and I are looking forward to your repeat performance September 2nd.
August 12th LEAGUE FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
Harmony Hill was pleased to welcome the League for Animal Welfare on August 12th for an Adopt-A-Pet event on the winery grounds. The pooches and kittens they brought were to die for. I had to keep blinders on Patti, as 7 rescue dogs and 2 cats that currently reside in our house is all we can handle. Thanks Toni and Maxine for all your hard work.
Click here to see the web site for the League of Animal Welfare.
August 5th COOL PICKERS AND HOT METAL
Cool Pickers and Hot Metal was the theme for our August 5th event, as Harmony Hill featured the cool sounds of local bluegrass pickers (thanks Mike) and the hot metal art of Bethel's own blacksmith extraordinaire, Tom Cole. All in attendance seemed to enjoy themselves and to watch Tom work the hot steel was a thing of beauty.
July 29th DOC DAN UNPLUGGED
Visitors to the winery relaxed to the sounds of Doc Dan and Andy Wags this Saturday. It was a real treat to reminisce about old times while Dan and Andy played acoustic versions of classic rock favorites. Some gray haired guy even got to audition for next summer's events (last pic....Thanks Andy, your mandolin makes anyone playing classic Neil Young sound great).
July 22nd FAST CARS AND FINE WINE
Harmony Hill Vineyards & Winery hosted the First Annual Wright Motor Sports Porsche Event on Saturday, July 22. Off to a rocky start with bad weather in the morning, the sun and the cars were dazzling by mid-afternoon. Thanks Greg and John for making this event happen. See you next year.
Eighteen Wine Geography students and instructors arrived mid-afternoon from Wittenberg University in Springfield. Thanks Artimus Keefer for including Harmony Hill on your fieldtrip (I regret that there weren't classes like this when I was in college). I had a hoot of a time and look forward to seeing you all next year..
July 8th REPTILES ROUND THE WINERY
Harmony Hill featured a visit by The Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society on July 8th. Peggy Fille and friends brought 20 different reptiles of varying shapes and sizes. The children were fascinated, and winemaker Bill (who used to keep frogs in his pockets as a child) had the time of his life. Thank you Peggy for making Saturday a fun event.
July 1st HARMONY HILL FARM GAINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION AS A CERTIFIED WILDLIFE HABITAT
The National Wildlife Federation announced recently that the Harmony Hill Vineyards in Bethel has been certified as an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat site. Vineyard and property owners Bill and Patti Skvarla moved from Pittsburgh to Bethel in 1994. At that time, they had 15 acres but quickly expanded the property to encompass the 70 acres which now attract the diverse and abundant wildlife that live and nest on the property today.