Sip your wine in a gorgeous setting at this weekend’s wine festival

Recognized in International competitions, Hanover Winery produces many Double Gold and Gold Medal award-winning wines. Pictured are wines from the 2017 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (Hanover Winery was also awarded a Silver Medal for their Tempranillo wine in the 2017 Indy International Competition. CONTRIBUTED
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Recognized in International competitions, Hanover Winery produces many Double Gold and Gold Medal award-winning wines. Pictured are wines from the 2017 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. (Hanover Winery was also awarded a Silver Medal for their Tempranillo wine in the 2017 Indy International Competition. CONTRIBUTED

Festival goers and wine lover’s from across Butler County and beyond will enjoy wine tastings, food, live music and more during the Hanover Winery Wine Festival on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19.

Hanover Winery owners Eddie and Elizabeth McDonald started the festival in 2010 as an anniversary celebration and a customer appreciation event. Every year since, they have continued the tradition during the summer, and the festival has grown in popularity each year. A large crowd usually turns out both days of the festival. Last year, around 1,000 guests attended the two-day event.

“This is something we started after our first year, as an anniversary celebration, and people have really enjoyed it. It’s a great thing for the community, to draw people to Hanover Township and Butler County because people come from all over to be here, and to enjoy the music,” said Eddie McDonald.

“This started out as a ‘thank you’ to all of our loyal customers, and we’ve continued to do it every year for basically the same reason. It’s a good opportunity for everyone to get together and have a good time,” said Elizabeth McDonald.

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Festival goers will enjoy wine tastings, food and music at the Hanover Winery Wine Festival on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. CONTRIBUTED
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Festival goers will enjoy wine tastings, food and music at the Hanover Winery Wine Festival on Friday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. CONTRIBUTED

THE WINERY

Hanover Winery affords a park-like setting with a pond and mature trees.

Situated on a 15-acre property, the family-owned-and-operated winery opened in 2009.

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THE WINE

It offers more than 25 wines from dry to sweet dessert wines, including many wines that have earned International wine-competition Double Gold and Gold Medals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Blackberry and Ohio Apple, among others.

Hanover Winery’s latest wine is called “Dammit Annie!” The wine is a blend of Blackberries and Haskap Berries, sweet enough for dessert. The wine was named after The McDonald’s youngest Labrador Retriever, Annie.

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The award-winning Hanover Winery wines are also featured in area retail locations, including Kroger's, Jungle Jim's International Market, Noonan's and many more. A list of retailers is available at www.hanoverwinery.com/our-wines/retail-locator.

The annual festival will offer wine tastings with at least three wine-tasting stations. There will also be live entertainment and food vendors on site.

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Eddie McDonald, who is the vintner/winemaker and owner of Hanover Winery in Hanover Township, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED
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Eddie McDonald, who is the vintner/winemaker and owner of Hanover Winery in Hanover Township, Ohio. CONTRIBUTED

THE MUSIC

On Friday, Thunderbay will perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday, Mr. Man and Mojo Band will take the stage from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and The White Brother’s will be in concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (The White Brothers features Jared White from American Idol.)

On Saturday, Mr. Man and Mojo Band will take the stage from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and The White Brother’s will be in concert from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (The White Brothers features Jared White from American Idol.)

THE FOOD

J. Damon’s Wood Fired Pizza will be available on Friday and J. Damon’s Wood Fired Pizza and Food Fellas Food Truck will be available on Saturday.


WANT TO GO?

What: Hanover Winery Wine Festival

Where: Hanover Winery, 2121 Morman Road, Hamilton

When: 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, August 18; and 1 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 19

Cost: $5 entry, or a $10 wine-tasting entry (which includes a souvenir wine glass and a tasting card for 7 wine tastings.)

More info.www.hanoverwinery.com or email info@hanoverwinery.com. 21 and over event. Guests may bring a lawn chair or a blanket. Rain or shine.