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A Sparkling Experience

At Sparkling Ponds Winery, we believe that wine tasting should be more than just sampling a few wines. It should be a Sparkling Experience! When you come to Sparkling Ponds Winery, you can expect your visit to be relaxing, pleasurable and above all FUN!



Wine - an Italian Tradition

The love of wine is a long-standing Carrara Family Tradition. Richard Carrara grew up in an entirely Italian coal mining community where bragging rights were hard won when it came to good food and good wine, particularly one called Dago Red. Years later, as a business owner, Dick found himself making wine for fun in his offices. He enthusiastically offered a glass of wine to everyone who walked in the front door!



Dago Red is Reborn

In 2010, he decided to share his love of great tasting wine by branching off from the family steel fabricating and erecting business when the opportunity became available to purchase a small, little-known “hobby” winery located on the shores of Lake Erie, situated in the heart of Great Lakes Wine Country. In a nod to Dick’s generations of wine making, the first of many of Sparkling Ponds Winery’s mainstays was created and Carrara Cellars’ Dago Red wine was reborn. Come out and see why many of our loyal Italian customers give this wine two thumbs up!



A Great Time with Wine Tasting on the Side

After much research and planning and along with some exciting renovations, Sparkling Ponds Winery was reinvented under the watchful eye of Richard Carrara and his wife Tami. The first thing that was renovated was our mood! We’ve gone from being just another “wine tasting” stop to a great time with a little wine tasting on the side!



Welcome to the “Fun Winery”

We invite you to come experience how wine tasting was meant to be. It’s not unusual to see our guests sitting in our gazebo overlooking our sparkling pond enjoying the fountain and a glass of wine, chilling outside at one of our quaint café tables or hanging out by the fire pit sharing a few laughs. Sparkling Ponds Winery offers one of our area’s best wine tasting experiences. For a small flat fee, you get to try everything we offer including food pair samplings and our delightful semi-frozen Frappe Vino “Wine Slushie”. We believe you deserve to have a Sparkling Experience. Come see why time and again our winery visitors call us the “Fun Winery”. The fun you have and the memories you make are free!

More than just the handsome devil featured in our advertising and on our “Woman Pleaser” sweet white wine label, Daniel’s one of our guest wine tasting servers. Come on by and have your picture taken with him. Our life-sized cut-out sign substitutes for the real Daniel when he is not working.

For generations, Dago Red has been a true Italian wine making tradition. At Sparkling Ponds Winery, we’re delighted to carry on that tradition. Come try our Dago Red and you’ll see for yourself why our loyal Italian customers give it two thumbs up.

From the minute you come through our doors, you’ll feel welcome. At Sparkling Ponds Winery, we’re all about enjoying life. We love people, and it certainly shows. Our customers tell us that they come for a great time with a little wine tasting on the side! We feel that‘s the best compliment we could possibly get!

At Sparkling Ponds Winery, we’re always up for a little bit (or a lot) of fun. Hijinks and monkey business are regular activities around here. If you haven’t smiled or laughed much lately, you’re overdue for a visit. Come on out and say "Hi". We’d love to see you!