Awards & Honors

Our Wines

ThornCreek’s wines are crafted to compliment our seasonal menu items as well as the uniqueness of the winery. Our wine is bottled and labeled in our cellar and are sure to please the most avid wine drinker.

Our Wines

Our wines are as unique and distinctive as the winery itself. From Aurora Cream White – a regional table wine that has quite a dedicated following to our award winning Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve – a barrel select for the most avid wine drinker, our wine list is sure to please each and every winery visitor. Our goal at ThornCreek is to provide the highest quality wine possible. Our unique approach to winemaking in Ohio is to source premium produce from various locations throughout the country that are best known for the distinct personality of each varietal that we offer. Our partners are selected for their high standards of grape growing including the soil type, rootstock, field exposure and farming practices. Understanding these qualities help to explain how the same varietal can be characteristically different from fields that are in the same general proximity and also helps us select the right partner for each varietal that we offer. Our boutique winery model is designed so that our wines are limited and can only be purchased in a few select locations with the primary sales source being from ThornCreek Winery.

Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors
July 21, 2017

Medal Winners of the 2017 Ohio Wine Competition

The 2017 Ohio Wine Competition was help May 15-17 at Kent State University Ashtabula. There were 271 entries with 216 wines receiving medals. The competition was sponsored by the Ohio Grapes Industry Committee.

ThornCreek is thrilled to announce we were awarded the following medals:

SILVER : ThornCreek Winery Pinot Grigio
SILVER: ThornCreek Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve
GOLD : ThornCreek Winery Syrah
DOUBLE GOLD: ThornCreek Chardonnay

Come experience these award-winning varieties at ThornCreek Winery and Gardens.

Awards & Honors
August 26, 2016

Tasters guild announces the medal winners of its 29th annual international wine judging, 2016

Tasters Guild International’s annual wine judging includes 30 experienced judges from across the US who completed over 1600 evaluations of wine from over 10 countries and 36 US states in April, 2016.

This year, ThornCreek entered our dry but fruit forward Riesling, our complex layered Cabernet Sauvignon and our lush, elegant Merlot.

We are thrilled to announce the award winners!

SILVER AWARD: ThornCreek Winery Riesling
SILVER AWARD: ThornCreek Winery Cabernet Sauvignon
BRONZE AWARD: ThornCreek Winery Merlot

Come experience these international medal winning varieties at ThornCreek Winery and Gardens.

Awards & Honors
The Aurora Advocate, December 3, 2014

“Thorncreek Named Aurora’s Business of the Year”

ThornCreek Winery was honored at the Aurora Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Holiday Party as “2014 Business of the Year”. Aurora Chamber Executive Director Laura Holman said David Thorn, owner of ThornCreek Winery & Gardens, sets the highest standards in creating what can only be referred to as “the ThornCreek experience.” “The exquisitely landscaped gardens of ThornCreek are paired with award-winning wines and creative menu items to create a truly unique opportunity to relax and enjoy,” Holman said. Thorn purchased the property formerly known as Dankarona Winery in 2006 as a place to house his growing landscape design company DTR Associates. “Thankfully, his artistic mindset allowed him to see beyond the practical use of the property, and ThornCreek Winery & Gardens grew from that vision,” she said. The winery is open for food and drinks, with live entertainment scheduled weekly. It also hosts private events, “and each benefits from the attention to detail that has come to signify ThornCreek,” said Holman. Thorn is an involved member of the Aurora business community, and his commitment includes volunteering time and to the Chamber of Commerce, including serving on its board of directors and holding the office of president. “ThornCreek is a vital and vibrant member of the Aurora business community, and the Chamber is proud of honor it as business of the year,” Holman said. At the awards banquet, ThornCreek was presented with Business of the Year by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce; Key to the City presented by the Mayor of the city of Aurora; Certificate of Recognition and Achievement from The U.S. House of Representatives, presented by congressman David Joyce; and Proclamation from the Portage County Board of Commissioners.

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155 Treat Rd.
Aurora, OH 44202
Phone (330) 562-9245

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