Back in February, I had a chance to spend some time getting to know Matt and Tara Meineke, the owners of M Cellars. I wrote a piece about their winery, their backstory, and their vision for Why CLE and that piece was part of what inspired me to start Authentically CLE: to be able to tell more stories like theirs.
Not only is M Cellars a small business that is relentlessly committed to quality, they are also committed to supporting other local small businesses in the products they use in their tasting room. To put it simply, they’re doing it right and putting out tremendous wines in the process.
Having just spent this past weekend in Geneva visiting some of my favorite wineries, I wanted to re-share here the piece on M Cellars with this update: Since the pandemic, M Cellars has been doing pick-up and delivery of their high-quality wines. They’ve stayed committed not only to a great product (seriously, their wines have gotten me through lock-down like no other), but also to great customer service.
The winery’s patio is now open and is the perfect spot for a glass of Brut Rosé in the sunshine.
Matt and Tara are committed to keeping both you and their employees safe, while starting back into in-person service. If you’re ready for a drink on a patio, visit them. And if you just need to replenish your at-home wine stock, you can order their delicious varietals online.
Also, if you have the chance to visit the winery and meet Matt and Tara, you’ll instantly see why I vibe so much with M Cellars. They’re a young couple who took on this passion project and are balancing the business along with raising two young girls, making time for each other, and just being charming, lovely people to talk to.
The vision for M Cellars started on Matt and Tara’s trips to Niagara on the Lake. They fell in love not only with the wineries, but with the wine-making styles they discovered in that region. Matt started experimenting with making wine at home and in 2007, they were able to acquire the land to start M Cellars. They planted grapes with the guidance of the agriculture program at Ohio State University and, since 2015, M Cellars wines have been crafted entirely with grapes grown on site.
M Cellars is truly a labor of love and a family business. You’ll find Matt down in the cellar making the wine or out and about talking to wholesale buyers to increase M Cellars footprint.
And you’ll find Tara behind the counter at the tasting room or sharing M Cellars’ story on social media. They’ve taken their personalities, passions, and strengths and poured them into different aspects of the business to make it work.
Matt and Tara pride themselves on M Cellars offering something distinctive and different than the typical Ohio wines. Through their years in business, they have stayed true to that mission, not trying to overreach, but rather excelling in their niche.
One of the distinctive varieties of wines you can find at M Cellars are sparkling wines, which are not typical for Ohio vineyards. Sparkling wines are labor-intensive, but Matt and Tara have a passion for them and work to produce some amazing ones, including the Brut Rosé, which is my favorite of the wines that M Cellars offers (maybe…I really like the Meritage too…and the Pinot Noir.)
There are many ways you can experience the distinctive difference of M Cellars wines. You can visit the tasting room, which is cozy and homey and gives you the opportunity to try and buy several varieties of M Cellars wine.
You can visit one of the several fabulous Cleveland-area restaurants and bars that carry M Cellars wine, including Urban Farmer, Quintana’s Speakeasy and Bar, Adega, Table 45, Lola, The Flying Fig, Toast, Spice Kitchen and Bar, Craft Collective, Beach Club Bistro, and Bistro 83.
Or you can join one of M Cellars’ wine clubs, which offer everything from bottles shipped to you monthly to more hands-on, tasting-room driven clubs with exclusive events and tastings.
You’ve heard me mention M Cellars a lot on the blog and it’s because I’ve never failed to have a stellar experience whether in the tasting room or enjoying one of their wines at home. But getting to know Matt and Tara has only increased my love for the winery. There’s nothing better than supporting a small, local business that is committed to quality, to growing and strengthening the region, and to having fun while doing it.
Cheers to M Cellars!
***Disclosure: I was asked to tell M Cellars story. In exchange, I received complimentary wine for the original post. As always, all opinions and the decision to reshare and update this post are 100% my own.***