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Winery, Party Center, Coming to Bainbridge

Originally Published April 2017 by the Geauga Maple Leaf

A park-like setting at the end of a picturesque winding road in Bainbridge Township will soon become a top-of-the-line party center and winery complete with a walk-out wine cellar and multiple rooms available for gatherings and events, said Sapphire Creek Winery owners Kathleen and Andy Dangelo at the March 27 Bainbridge Township Trustees.

A park-like setting at the end of a picturesque winding road in Bainbridge Township will soon become a top-of-the-line party center and winery complete with a walk-out wine cellar and multiple rooms available for gatherings and events, said Sapphire Creek Winery owners Kathleen and Andy Dangelo at the March 27 Bainbridge Township Trustees.

Bainbridge Zoning Inspector Karen Endres assured trustees plans for the project have been approved, with construction set to begin soon.

The Dangelos founded the Ohio Valley Group landscaping design company in 1989 and purchased a 14.5-acre parcel in 2005 at 16995 Park Circle Drive for their company’s headquarters.

“Our business uses only about 3 acres,” Kathleen told trustees.

The couple is fond of visiting the Napa Valley wine region and realized about a year ago Bainbridge does not have a commercial winery that could host events.

They hired Lakewood-based AODK Architects to create a modern building with two, 3,500-square-feet levels, including a rustic walkout wine cellar on the lower level.

“We’re cutting in a private road that winds through woods, over streams and over gently rolling hills,” Dangelo said. “It will not be a shared driveway and the property backs up to undeveloped, landlocked property owned by Bainbridge Township.”

The Dangelos showed a video of the architects’ renderings of the new facility. The video can be seen on the architects’ website, www.aodkinc.com.

Dangelo said she and her husband have applied for a specialty liquor license, a D5i, which is based on several factors, including building size.

Trustees agreed they would not request a hearing on the liquor license, which clears the way for state approval in the application process.

Dangelo told trustees they have met zoning criteria by locating the building more than 500 feet from a daycare business on Park Circle Drive.

She described the new winery as open to the public, but having separate rooms for private events of from 20 to 350 people. She told trustees there is a need in the area for a top-of-the-line venue for special gatherings and celebrations.

“We are making a very big investment in the township,” Dangelo told trustees.

Trustees expressed enthusiasm for the project.

On March 28, local caterer The Hungry Bee owner Kimberly McCune Gibson announced on her company’s Facebook page she will be providing the food service at Sapphire Creek.

“The Hungry Bee has come close a few times in regards to finding a perfect home,” Gibson wrote. “The wait has been worth it. We are thrilled to announce our food and beverage partnership with Andy and Kathleen Birkel Dangelo of the Ohio Valley Group. Andy and Kathleen have designed Sapphire Creek Winery and Gardens — its beauty is a dream come true.

“Not only will this be one of the most stunning properties in the area, it will be a project focused on love of community. We can’t wait for you to check it out. We are currently booking events for 2018.”

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