Napa, Sonoma and Bordeaux might be the leading names in winemaking, but don't book a flight just yet. Great places to taste premium wines can be reached in just a short drive.

For unique wines, food and a romantic setting, Vinoklet Winery (1106 Colerain Ave., Colerain) is a sure bet. Vinoklet, which means "little wine house" in Croatian, sits on a former dairy farm with lush vineyards and three lakes. The winery was started by Croatian immigrant and wine aficionado KreÅ¡o Mikulić in 1984, and has been selling the fermented fruits of his labor ever since.

With spirited selections including Cincinnatus (dry, robust red), Tears of Joy (mellow white) and La Dolce Vita (sweet, flavorful red), tastings at Vinoklet make for a cheerful excursion. Wines aren't the only draw. Guests can enjoy restaurant offerings such as New York strip steak, salmon fillets or ricotta ravioli in Vinoklet's solarium or open-air gazebo. To make it an extended trip, stay at the bed and breakfast on site.

Visit Meier's Wine Cellars (6955 Plainfield Road, Silverton) for a producer with some serious history. The company has been generating grape products since the late 1800s, first selling grape juice and moving on to wine after Prohibition. Currently, Meier's sells 45 types of wine as well as a line of premium sparkling grape juices, all made from native American grape varieties.

Meier's store in Silverton offers tastings daily and sells wine by the glass and bottle at its wine bar. Visitors can also purchase their own winemaking tools and customizable gift baskets from Meier's. The Great Room can be reserved for lunch or meetings. Meier's plays host to several summer events, including the Silverton Business Association Summer Concert (June 5), the Art and Wine Festival (June 19) and the Silverton Craft Show (July 10).

Venture a little farther to Adams County for the scenic Moyer Winery and Restaurant (3859 U.S. 52, Manchester). The family-owned vineyards produce popular wines such as River Valley Red and River Valley White, Vidal Blanc and Moyer Blush. Moyer also has a restaurant with breath-taking Ohio River views and food selections of pasta, beef, desserts and more.

For a tour, try these other nearby wineries:

Burnet Ridge, 6721 Richard Ave., North College Hill

Elk Creek Vineyards, 150 Highway 330, Owenton, Ky.

Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill St., Madison, Ind.

The Ridge Winery & Tasting Room, 11048 E. Highway 156, Vevay, Ind.

River Valley Winery, 1279 Mound Hill (Highway 549), Carrollton, Ky.

Valley Vineyards, 2276 E. US 22 & 3, Morrow

June is Ohio Wine Month. For a complete list of Ohio wineries, with directions, visit