An urban, bustling street wouldn’t be the first place one would expect to find a winery, but Good Vibes Winery is making a plethora of wines from their Westerville location. Tony Klausing opened the shop almost two years ago, creating not only a quite place to grab a glass of wine, but a stylish event space.
Good Vibes wines are, “Internationally grown, Ohio made,” Klausing says. He imports juices from all over the world to make their thirty plus varieties of wine. Dry reds come from California and Australia. White wines are made from grapes in California, Washington and Italy. Good Vibes rounds out their selection with sweet, fruit and dessert wines.
“Primarily we are a winery where we make wine and we sell it out of the tasting room,” Klausing says. The tasting room seats about 50 people and patrons can enjoy wine by the glass or bottle, sip on a flight and even do a tasting. For the perfect pairing, Good Vibes also offers a small collection of cheese plates with cheese from Holmes county in Ohio. On Fridays, patrons will also be entertained with live music with no cover charge.
Good Vibes has some unique options for those that want to get more hands-on with their wine, allowing patrons to bottle their own wine. For example, Klausing says groups are hand-bottling the beverage for wedding favors. “That’s been actually picking up,” he says.
The winery also provides the perfect setting for parties and events. From small groups to renting the whole tasting room for a blowout, Good Vibes hosts birthday parties to bridal showers, and wedding receptions to corporate events.
Westerville residents are enjoying being able to stroll to the winery. Situated on State Street in historic Uptown Westerville, “Most of my customers are local residents,” Klausing says.
Westerville is shaking their name as the dry capital of the world, allowing the sale of alcohol in the area as of 2006. “Since then there has been more activity in Uptown Westerville,” Klausing says. With new restaurants, and Good Vibes Winery moving in about two years ago, “Its’ turning into a nice walking community,” he says.
Increased walkability and rapid growth are what drew Klausing to Westerville for his urban winery. He had spent 30 years in telecom and was looking for a second career when he and his wife became entrepreneurs. “We decided to open a winery after visiting and seeing wineries in different parts of the United States,” Klausing says.
For more information, visit good-vibes-winery.com.