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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)

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Catawba

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

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  • Maize Valley Winery

    Maize Valley Winery, located in beautiful Hartville, Ohio, focuses on our dedication to our NE Oh...

  • Debonne Vineyards

    Our family vineyard operation was founded by Anton Debevc in 1916. In 1971, Tony Sr. and son, A...

  • Breitenbach Wine Cellars

    Nestled among the rolling, picturesque hills of Ohio's Amish countryside is Der Marktplatz. This ...

  • Swiss Heritage Winery

    The Broad Run Cheese House was established in 1933 by a group of local dairy farmers trying to ge...

  • Coffee Cake Winery

    Coffee Cake Winery and Vineyard is nestled in the rolling hills of Harrison County, Ohio. Patio,...

  • Laurello Vineyard

    Laurello Family Vineyard History - In 1944, Cosmo Anthony Laurello owned and operated a small wi...

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  • Greetings,I'm an Arizona transplant from Ohio.  I am American of Croatian Decent.  I was in the Marines, and am now a Retired Police Officer.I like Rose wines from France especially those with Grapefruit.  So fare Ruby Red Rose Grapefruit is my favorite.  It comes Côtes de Provence·France.I am looking for something similar.  I also like Mead win... Read More

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  • Wine searcher has a new article on UPS and FedEx they are allowed from ... ... ... Florida, Texas Michigan,Ohio and Michigan are on fedex list already that cannot receive wine from a retailer. I have received several notices from National online distributors that will no longer ship to Texas, this is all caused by individual state laws and ha... Read More

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  • Port-a-potty?  Haven't heard that one, but there is plenty of swill ... ... and many are.As for Ohio examples, tell me more. Z.&nbs Read More

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  • Hey, half of Brooklyn used to get their grapes brought in from CA and they made ... many years ago - Kincaid, in Ohio. Good wine from their own estate, bordering Kentucky. But they couldn't cut it. Too bad. I haven't had any from Illinois thoug Read More

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  • Rockr - There are a lot of those sugar shack wineries in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, etc. The people trying to make serious wine get really frustrated because they get lumped into the same category and some of them just haven't been able to make it, partly because they were never taken seriously.But Ohio does in fact grow Merlot, Cab, and many othe... Read More

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  • I am not sure if they actually source their grapes for dry wine from the north ... I know are for sure grown in Ohio are sweet wines with lots of grape musk. Like Concord and Catawba. I have asked the same question about where they source the grapes for dry wines around here considering the region is not known for dry win Read More

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  • The name of the local winery I was talking about is called Park Ave Winery in Ashtabula Ohio, not sure if they ship but it is very interesting sweet wine. I also like a wine called Ravens Glen Moondream, it is like a spicy port, a lot of tannins while still being off sweet and it is 21% ABV so it packs a punch. It is $16 a bottle so a decent val... Read More

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  • I went to a local (Ohio) tasting this summer and I discovered a winery locally that produces some very interesting sweet wines and to boot I found out that my friend co-owns it with his mother, didn't even know!They have a white wine (more like yellow) called Mystique that I can not get enough of, it is like white Catawba with peach juice and bl... Read More

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  • where to find Raven Glenn white zinfandel american wine ??

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  • Emark - you're right to a large extent, and there's a LOT of swill in ... is cheap, like Michigan and Ohio, you can make your wine for less, but people aren't interested in that wine so much, and you're limited in what you can plant.There are some great wines around - Qupe Central Coast for example, is an excellent Syrah. I get it for $12.99. ... Read More

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  • DV - I like Penfolds except the Rawson's Retreat and that level of their ... watch to many bowl game - Ohio State vs Washington tomorrow nigh Read More

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  • 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.

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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.

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