Ohio Wine

Add a photo
for this region?

By 1860, the Catawba grape had risen to prominence in Ohio, and the state led the entire nation in wine production. It wasn’t just coincidence. First planted in the state by Nicholas Longworth in 1825, Catawba quickly caught on with consumers. American wines were fairly potent at the time and wine drinkers enjoyed the light, semi-sweet style of wine made from the grape. Longworth even used it to produce the country’s first 'champagne' – Sparkling Catawba. The history of winemaking here can actually be traced back to 1823. At that time, Longworth lived in the Ohio River Valley, with vineyards planted to the Alexander and Isabella grapes. It’s hard to imagine where the Ohio wine inidustry might be today if not for Prohibition, which wiped out essentially every vineyard in the state in the early part of the 20th century. With Prohibition now just a bad memory, more than 40 wineries again operate in the state, with more in the planning stages. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

View More

Popular wines made in Ohio under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Varietals Produced in Ohio View all

  • Catawba

    Even older than the Concord grape, this historically-important variety is thought to be a chance seedling from North ...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Ohio

Popular Wineries in Ohio View all

  • Henke Wine

    At Henke Winery it all starts with family. Joe's initial aspirations to make wine were sparked in...

  • Woodstone Creek

    Don decided to go "pro" in 1982 when he became a champion homebrewer and president of the New Yor...

  • Kinkead Ridge Winery

    The mission of Kinkead Ridge is to produce ultra-premium estate-bottled wine in Southern Ohio (Oh...

  • Buccia Vineyard

    Buccia Vineyard was established in 1975 by Fred and Joanna Bucci. Buccia Vineyard's Bed & Breakf...

  • Georgetown Vineyards

    Our winery is family owned and operated and specializes in a varied selection of award-winning ...

  • Markko

    Here in Ohio, people have been making wines for over 100 years, so I suppose my late partner Tim ...

Page 1 of 23

Ohio on Snooth

  • Forgive my late response. Work had me preoccupied. I currently live in SC, ... ... ... I was born and raised in Ohio. Haven't been in SC long so I haven't picked a team yet...lol. I'm a big Cavs fan and my favorite football team is the Steelers. Yes I know, my family calls me a trader. I love Merlots and Ports. I find myself buying Mondavi and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Yeah but it's tough. He said edge of the rust belt - not sure where exactly ... very far into New Jersey or Ohio to realize that the wines available in NYC and San Francisco aren't the norm.One of the problems is that people buy by brand and if not that, by variety. For example, "Chianti" is something people know. If you asked them what that wa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Oh.. and I like the reference to the Michigan-Ohio War... that little known fact about the Old Northwest.  Nice touch to remind us of it.  There was an adjustment to the boundary, I believe, though it has been some time since I looked into the matter (I am reluctant to say how long). Z. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Little known fact, the Michigan Ohio War (1835–36), was actually fought for the rights to Toledo - Michigan won. ;-} Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Also the best sword-blade steel was from there for centuries. Not sure what ... ... might originate from the Ohio version. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hello everyone. New here. Spend my time in Ohio and Florida. Love being on the tennis courts and finishing with a cab or Malbec . Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Seeing you are from Ohio here is a Syrah right in your backyard. Not sure of your comfort zone price wise but Sonkin Cellars is real tasty. The wine is made in Napa but the Partners/Winemaker live in Cleveland and fly out here to tend to business. I popped this one last night and am following its progress as it is quite young. 4-5 hours open and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Can't believe I missed this thread.  I think of life as a series of ... company who used to work for Ohio's wine board--who compare them pretty convincingly.  Both are made from one plant (grapes, the tea tree), from one part of that plant, and reflect their soil and climate conditions in the final product.  Both are ancient plants with lots o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Coffee & Tea


  • Watershed Distillery Four Peel Gin NV

    Snoothrank:

    Spicy, herbal. Delicious. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Isn't it though? Enjoy that Mark, it's the last vintage for that ... is an attorney from Ohio who is now a winemaker as well. I've dined with him on a couple of occasions but have never tried his wines. This one was part of a wedding gift to us. I've had some nice Syrahs from the Yorkville Highlands including Copain and Halcon. Excited to try t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I was under the impression that this forum was to learn about wine. There are too many people that think they should go winery hopping to get drunk. The wineries do not put up with this. Most of them want you to appreciate their product of hard intense labor in the vineyard and then in the cellar. If you want to get drunk, you should go to a bar.

    Comment by 502259tb999 502259 tb999


  • Went on an "Ohio Winery Tour" with Beverly from LADY LIMO (her horrible business) and our old driver Betty- it was single handedly the worst experience I have ever had in my life. Actually considering a lawsuit against Beverly's company from the treatment and empty threats she gave me and my friends on our car ride home after paying her for her ...

    Comment by 480382Sassyny12 480382 Sassyny12


  • Re: Thorn Creek Winery in Aurora, OH Would not suggest this winery. We went there with family and were treated very rudely by the owner/manager. This winery is overpriced on their wine and food for the quality and amount that they serve. I would suggest a different winery if you are looking to have a nice classy evening out.

    Comment by 478561marilyn4849 478561 marilyn4849


1 2 3 4 5  ...  23 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Recent Forum PostsView all


Ohio wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network