Among the winding hills and majestic scenery of the Blue Ridge area (north of Newcomerstown), visitors of Yellow Butterfly Winery are taken back to a more surreal -- more peaceful time. Owner Michael White said, it "suspends your reality."
The 88-year old historic barn, newly-remodeled, renovated and finished with a coat of bright yellow paint, sets the perfect scene for a place to stop, relax and enjoy a glass of wine.
Yellow Butterfly Winery is the inspiration and idea of owners Michael and JoAnn White of Newcomerstown. They purchased the adjacent 30 acres to their current alpaca and horse rescue farm to create their dream -- a winery.
It has taken almost 10 years, almost 30 trips to wineries from Ohio to California and Michael's love of creating wines to come up with the idea. He said the winery's name comes from his love of the color yellow and his fascination with the mesmerizing characteristics of the butterfly.
"We've done a lot of research on wineries and what people are looking for," Michael said. "It is very important that the people in Newcomerstown are proud of it."
He said at one time he had almost 600 bottles of wine in his house that he had created. It was that love for making wine which led him to opening the winery.
Right now, the winery features grape-based wines with more fruit-inspired wines to come later.
During this process, the Whites received a lot of guidance from Lee and Joyce Wyse of Rainbow Hills Winery.
Currently, all of the wines are created on the premises with Michael and Rick Lindsay, the farm's superintendent of operation, creating or manipulating their wine to their own specifications.
So far, there are 262 grape plants planted on the farm. Michael hopes that within a few years, grape plants will be planted as far as the eye can see at the winery.
Also, there are four part-time employees that help with bottling and will later help with serving.
Starting June 18, Yellow Butterfly Winery will be serving dinner on Friday and Saturday nights from about 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Patrons can choose to dine inside the historic barn or outside on the spacious deck. The menu includes barbecue chicken or ribs, two side dishes and a homemade biscuit.
Michael said he is excited about the winery's chef, Raschelle Gilett of Warsaw. He said she uses more natural and locally-grown foods in her recipes.
He said, "She had me at the first bite."
Reservations are currently being taken for the dinners.
Besides dinners, patrons can also purchase a noche tray of cheese and grapes, along with their wine sampling during their hours of Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon to 8:30 p.m.
"The Nook," gift shop in the winery, features 95 percent local artists' creations. Michael said handmade wares come from artists in the four-county area around the winery. Some of the items include prayer pillows, jams, purses, incense, jellies, teas, Amish gift cards, candles, oak and poplar seats, etc.
Besides selling the wines at the winery, Yellow Butterfly Winery selections are also available at Smoker's Paradise in Newcomerstown.
"We're very happy and excited to be in retail stores," Michael said with more to come.
Yellow Butterfly Winery is located at 11611 Blue Ridge Road, Newcomerstown. They may also be found at www.yellowbutterflywinery.com or by calling 492-1216.
"Even on a rainy day, its beautiful here," Michael said. "Come and forget the problems of the day and take time off to enjoy yourself."