Ohio Oddities Travel Pieces by Dale Pierce
These were the words of a slightly bemused gentleman to his wife as he studied Harriet, an orange-haired Highlander cow at the Perennial Vineyards in Navarre.:
“It looks like some kind of yak to me,” the wife dutifully responded, just in time to hear Harriet indeed let loose with a loud snort before turning indignantly toward the barn in the fenced-off pasture adjacent to the Perennial Vineyard tasting room.
“Strangest looking thing I’ve ever seen,” the old fellow grumbled. “It didn’t even give us a moo. What kind of cow doesn’t moo?”
Even without a proper moo, Harriet the Highlander once again proved herself a draw to the winery in the farmlands outside downtown Navarre, a short distance from Massillon.
There had been two such critters beforehand, but evidently Harriet’s friends died and the winery owners have yet to find a replacement.
The wines, however are the real draw, though Harriet does help pull in the people. Other side attractions include a menu of large, but unique pizzas with a host of unusual toppings, meat/cheese trays and weekend band concerts.
Non-alcoholic beverages are also available for those dining or visiting, though such seems a bit of a contradiction, considering the focal point of the business to be wine sales.
Wines range from dry to sweet under a wide variety of titles. Some of these include Eclipse, Wine Dog Red, Element and Flowers.
People may sample the wines, buy bottles or drink by the glass in a tasting room one might envision King Arthur and his knights to hold council within.
Not all of Ohio’s wineries grow their own grapes on the premises,’ commented a stocky winery worker identified as Justin. A lot of Ohio wineries send out to buy their grapes, but we have our own vineyard right here on the premises Other wineries often get their grapes from out of state and make the wine then, when the grape some in, but our wine comes right from the grapes we have here.”
Visitors just looking to the right of Harriet’s pen will see row upon row of growing grapes, attesting to this.
Unlike visitors to the winery, Justin did not seem captivated by Harriet, but this could attest to his seeing her every day while working the fields.
He does, however, imitate her famous snort to perfection, again from hearing it on a daily basis.
Visit Harriet and observe her from the distance, then try the wines up close, Tuesdays though Fridays and on Sundays during summer time. The winery has a webpage with hours and other information at http://www.perennialvineyards.com that is most helpful.
Perennial Vineyards is located at 11877 Poorman Street SW in Navarre, Ohio.