The Mastropietro Winery, located just outside Berlin Center, Ohio, is the first winery in Mahoning County. The winery opened on May 20, 2005, on 52 acres -- reportedly 12 years after owner Dan Mastropietro first started making wine in his basement. Today, we enjoy visiting the winery (about half an hour from our home) especially when the weather is nice enough to sit outdoors at a table on the patio or perhaps on one of the benches that overlooks the one-acre lake (as was the case when most of these photos were taken). When the weather isn't cooperating, though, we can head indoors to the tasting room to enjoy the heat from the huge stone fireplace.
Wines are sold by the glass or bottle, and sample trays of reds, white and mixed can be purchased as well. Our favorites include the dry cabernet ($16 per bottle), the semi-dry Riesling ($14) and, especially in the summer, the sweet Dolce Bianco ($12).
Youmight be interested to know that the first 20 photos came as part of an experiment I learned about at another membership Web site. The idea is to "draw" a roughly 10-foot by 10-foot square in which you'll stand. The challenge is to take 20 photos from anywhere within that square (in any direction including up and down). I parked myself on the lawn near the large picnic pavilion with a digital camera that has a 20X zoom lens, and the results are what you see here.
All the subsequent photos were taken after I left my photo "walls" through No. 39; the remainder were taken during a previous visit.
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