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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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  • Catawba

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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  • Buccia Vineyard

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

  • Virant Family Winery

    The Virant Family Winery is located just a short drive from Cleveland, Akron and Erie. Our winery...

  • Ferrante Wine Farm

    The ferrante family has been making wine since 1937 when Nicholas and Anna Ferrante started the o...

  • Flint Ridge Vineyard

    Come spend an afternoon among the scenic hills of Southeastern Ohio. Relax with a glass of wine a...

  • Valley Vineyards

    You’ll find nationally award-winning, estate-grown table and dessert wines from our vineyards in ...

  • Markko

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

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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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  • Had a couple of zins watching the game - tonight it's the Badgers vs. Buickeyes.  Ohio State is to good, but being from the Badger state...On Wisconsin!!!From last night - An '07 Prisoner (When David Phinney was still making it.) and a 2012 Buehler Napa Valley. Read More

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  • Biscotti Wines Dark Cherry


    I tried this wine for the first time and absolutely LOVE it!! Definitely my FAV!! Read More

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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.

    Comment by 478561marilyn4849 478561 marilyn4849

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