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Markko Chardonnay Homage 2001

Region: USA » Ohio » Lake Erie

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  • 2001

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Winery: Markko
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Markko:
Here in Ohio, people have been making wines for over 100 years, so I suppose my late partner Tim Hubbard and I can hardly call ourselves pioneers because we had guidance from Dr. Konstantin Frank. Yet we've often felt that way since Markko Vineyard's beginnings in 1968. Getting Markko off the ground meant turning my back on a 17 year career as an industrial engineer. Somehow transforming mysel... Read more
Here in Ohio, people have been making wines for over 100 years, so I suppose my late partner Tim Hubbard and I can hardly call ourselves pioneers because we had guidance from Dr. Konstantin Frank. Yet we've often felt that way since Markko Vineyard's beginnings in 1968. Getting Markko off the ground meant turning my back on a 17 year career as an industrial engineer. Somehow transforming myself from a desk-bound paper-pusher into a living breathing dirty fingernail farmer. But the real pionering came with the vines themselves. Because Markko Vineyard represented one of the first serious attempts by an Ohio winemaker to grow European Vinifera grapes on the shores of Lake Erie. Other winemakers had had some success with the hardier French-American hybrid grapes. But now, we were setting out to pour heart and soul into two of the world's great Vinifera-Chardonnay and Riesling varietals. Markko Vineyard started in 1968 as a winegrower to demonstrate the potential for vinifera in the new to be Lake Erie appellation. As a cooperator of Dr Konstantin Frank, his clones and cultural practice were adapted to produce here in the most natural and organic environment possible. Special attention focuses on winter survival. Then to produce estate wines, which reveal with minimal intervention the unique character and terrior for his five great vinifera - Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Gris. And finally to market these wines which hopefully capture the essence and character of each variety and vintage to the waiting wine world. This calls for building understanding, demand, and reputation for Lake Erie as a premium winegrowing region of the world. The primary parameter for that requires finding the one or two grape varieties, which can consistently produce fine to great wine. Read less

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11/19/2010

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