Our Story

Our Story

Raise a glass to Cleveland! CLE Urban Winery is a fun, inviting, upscale boutique winery experience in the historic, urban setting of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. We produce, serve and sell a wide variety of wine, all branded to honor and celebrate the city of Cleveland. We are a Federally Bonded Winery producing, serving and selling our own hand-crafted wines exclusively. Our wine production facility, signature Tasting Bar and primary retail outlet is located in the Cedar-Lee District at 2180B Lee Road in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

CLE Urban Winery offers our customers a chic, convenient, comfortable, urban environment to taste and appreciate wine made in Cleveland, by Clevelanders. Our passion is to share our knowledge and love of wine with our customers and to offer them a unique experience unlike any other in Ohio. We share our love of wine through our unique wine tasting experience, wine-related events, wine education and appreciation programs, clubs, classes, and other offerings.

There are “wine bars” around the city, and a growing number of traditional farm vineyards and wineries predominantly located out in the Ohio countryside. We’re different – the CLE Urban Winery concept is not only unique because we produce a wide variety of high quality, hand-crafted wines made from ingredients from around the country (such as grapes from California, Oregon, New York, Washington and Ohio) within the Cleveland metro city limits, but also because all our wines are named to celebrate and honor the city we love.

CLE Urban Winery is a working winery, producing and exclusively selling our own locally hand-crafted wines made from high-quality juice from around the country. Our wine and food offerings, events and programs stand on their own, and  complement and supplement the offerings of other establishments in Cleveland Heights and other culinary and  cultural businesses/venues nearby. Our wine enjoyment and education focus offers you hands-on opportunities to experience and learn about wine, and even create your own batch of wine complete with custom label! Joining our U-Dub Wine Club gives you all kinds of fun perks as an integral part of our winery family. To complement our wines, we offer “grab and go” food items if you want a bite to eat as you enjoy a glass or bottle of wine at the winery – you can also bring in your own food to enjoy with our wines.

Our Winery & Tasting Room

Handcrafted wine – right in your neighborhood! The term “urban winery” doesn’t just refer to a working winery in an urban space. The new concepts of urban winemaking, similar to the growing trend of microbreweries for craft beer, have been emerging across the country. We seek to embed our urban winemaking concepts into the greater cultural fabric of the city of Cleveland, bringing the customer closer to the winemaking experience close to home and integrating enjoyment and appreciation of wine into the fabric of the community in a more meaningful and personal way than a traditional wine bar or retail wine store.
CLE Urban Winery Tasting Bar

Our winery and signature Tasting Bar is located in a 100-year old former garage in the Cedar-Lee neighborhood which we have turned into an urban winemaking oasis! Here is our architect’s conception of our Tasting Bar where you can taste and drink our hand-crafted wines – and even make your own custom-labeled batch!

CLE Urban Winery Wine Production AreaOur wine production area is located across from the Tasting Bar and is designed and built so that our winery operations are performed in full view of our customers. You can sip wine and watch our winemaker at work! We recently expanded the footprint of our wine production and bonded storage areas to almost double in size, and added space for more barrel aging of our wines. You can now see the whole winery from Lee Rd!

CLE Urban Winery Seating Area

There are ample seating areas at the Tasting Bar, the winery shelf bar and in the front section of the winery. The rear section of the winery is an open space that can  be configured in a number of ways to accommodate parties, events, receptions, and fundraisers. Our front and rear seating areas feature a roll-up garage door to let the outside in during the nice weather!

Before & After

CLE Urban Winery Before PictureThis magnificent 100-year old garage went through quite a transformation to become CLE Urban Winery. It had great bones though, and we carefully retained its gritty, industrial qualities while adding modern conveniences like air conditioning, ADA-compliant bathrooms and bar top, comfortable seating areas, ambient lighting, a new kitchen, modern artwork and of course the winery itself with its large windows and shelf bar to offer our guests a front row seat to the winemaking show!

CLE Urban Winery After Picture

Our Philosophy

Good Wine Made Fun. Our hand-crafted wines, which are produced in our former garage space in Cleveland Heights, are high quality, approachable and affordable. With the wide variety of wine we produce – white, red, fruit-infused and dessert, plus our famous wine slushie – we offer something for everyone, available right in the neighborhood in a casual, hip and fun environment.

Celebrate Cleveland. We are Clevelanders – and all of our wine varieties at CLE Urban Winery honor and celebrate Cleveland and its neighborhoods, districts, traditions and landmarks. Cleveland rocks!

Drink Wine and Do Good. Another of the core tenants of our business is to actively support and participate in community service and charitable fundraising causes with and for the people who live in the city we love.