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Being the largest viticultural area in America at 16 million total acres, the Ohio River Valley AVA actually spans four states: West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. The history of wine making here goes back over 200 years to when The Kentucky Vineyard Society was first established in 1798. At one time, the Ohio River Valley was the largest wine producing region in North America. This all changed in the second half of the 19th century when the local manpower was depleted because of the Civil War, leaving few to work the vineyards. Subsequent years saw the vineyards ravaged by mildew diseases like oidium (powdery mildew). The ultimate blow to the region’s wine industry came in 1919 with national Prohibition. When the second wine revolution began in the early 1960’s, the historic Ohio River Valley region would rebound and vineyards again flourish with dozens of wineries dotting the banks of the gently meandering Ohio River. Wineries in all four states are producing quality wines from hybrids such Read more »

Varietals Produced in Ohio River Valley View all

  • Traminette

    This white wine-producing hybrid, a cross of Gewurztraminer and Joannes Seyve 23-416, produces excellent quality wine...

  • Niagara

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • Virant Family Winery Cabernet Franc Grand River Valley NV

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

    Wine review by jwgwine


  • Equus Run Vineyard Merlot Blend Ohio River Valley

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    This is a great desert wine. With nice chocolate under tones. Check out my full review at http://wineloversjourney.blogspot.com/ Read More

    Wine review by StacyL1976


  • Laurello Vineyards Cabernet Franc-Grv NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Laurello Vineyard Riesling Grand River Valley

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    They have both a riesling dry and a riesling off dry. My rating reflects the dry. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Laurello Vineyards Cabernet Franc-Grv NV

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    My wife and I had very different appraisals of this wine. It is a strong, smoky wine that is probably good with cheese. I felt it was a little too smoky... almost like drinking smoke. Our rating is the average of our two ratings. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Laurello Vineyard Supertuscan Blend Grand River Valley Rodavi 2004

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    I call this wine a great "pizza wine" and that's not an insult. It is tangy and lighter than a cabernet or chianti but still a full-bodied wine. A great wine to have with rich food. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


  • Laurello Vineyards Cosmo 2005

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    This may be my favorite wine in the entire Great Lakes region. Heavy and dry but just the right amount of fruity as well. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


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  • (A great little wine publication out of Cleveland, Ohio: www.Thewinebuzz.com )NORTHEAST OHIOAugust 18Vegan DinnerBistro 185, 991 East 185 St., Cleveland. Featuring Vegan Chef Jakub Mejstrik; Tex-Mex theme entree. Reservations: 216-481-9635 www.opentable.com August 20Dinner on the DiamondProgressive Field, Cleveland. 6:30 pm; $250/table for two... Read More

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  • Laurello Vineyards Cosmo 2005

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    Cosmo is one of my favorite wines at Laurello's! It is similar to a Chianti and so delicious! Read More

    Wine review by traisian


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