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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...

  • 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...

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  • Swiss Heritage Winery

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

  • Lakehouse Inn Winery

    The Lakehouse Inn is a bed and breakfast on Lake Erie in Ohio located on the southern shore on th...

  • Shamrock Vineyard

    Shamrock Vineyard would like to welcome you to the first successful wine-grape planting in Centra...

  • Ferrante Wine Farm

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

  • Markko

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

  • Farinacci Winery

    We have been setting the standards for the serious wine consumer for over 5 years. Our winery i...

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  • 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

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  • Breitenbach Wine Cellars Black Raspberry NV


    Smokiness that seemed bitter. No complex tastes. Very simple taste. Read More

    Wine review by mec2973

  • Valley Vineyards White Blend Honey Mead NV


    Nice and sweet. Complex taste Read More

    Wine review by mec2973

  • Thanks for the replies..I was thinking of a full-bodied  chardonnay, but I ... a good wine shop in rural Ohio. We are about an hour and a half from Columbus, but it's not always easy to make that trip. By the way, Stumpie is my cat's name. Here's her picture.s her pictur Read More

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  • "I don't particularly like Chrome and I don't trust Google not to ... I took a river boat on the Ohio, I would not say I went on the Mississippi."Fox, in order:1) Hear hear and right on! Good to see some people are aware of the issue at least. They even scrape (ugly word, but fitting) email messages for their metrics. Needless to say my Gmail ... Read More

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  • So I am having no problems with Super Big Al's pictures displaying on my ... I took a river boat on the Ohio, I would not say I went on the Mississippi.  However, Enormous Al, by traveling on the Saone to the Rhone can truly say he is taking a Rhone River excursion that takes him to the wine country of Burgundy.  Which is very cool indee Read More

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  • Hi. This is the 1st time I've ever joined a site to learn about something ... wines,LOL! Sincerely, OhioPackrat in S.W. rural Oh Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • When I was in college, you'd drive across the border to Canada to buy beer ... are not that different from Ohio or Pennsylvania.GregT, you did oversimplify, but for a point.  Here's the other problem with varietal labeling:  It's misleading in the sense that the wine can still be a blend, even for grapes that don't traditionally get blended, l... Read More

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  • Virant Family Winery Cabernet Franc Grand River Valley NV


    Sept. 2013 had at the winery. Bought two bottles. Read More

    Wine review by jwgwine

  • I'd say since they control what's available and at what price, Ohio counts as controlling wine, too.But here's the real question: Did they include the "stumble out of bed and land in some vineyards" measure?  More Californians can do that than most folks outside France, Italy and (just because it's small and has lots of vines, but not a ton of g... 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.

    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 ...

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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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