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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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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 ...

  • 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...

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Popular Wineries in Ohio View all

  • Coffee Cake Winery

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

  • Maple Ridge Vineyard

    Our winery is very secluded in the country on a narrow side road, where you can sit down under ou...

  • Troutman Vineyards

    Over the past ten years the Troutmans have experimented with many varieties of wine grapes in the...

  • Biscotti's Family Winery

    The Biscotti's Family Winery came about as the result of a hobby of making wine for Joe Biscotti....

  • Maize Valley Winery

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

  • Firelands Winery

    The premier winery both locally and within the state of Ohio, has been a leader in the emergence ...

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Ohio on 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

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  • 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

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  • Watershed Distillery Four Peel Gin NV


    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

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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

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • "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

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...

  • 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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  • 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

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