Markko

800-252-3197 4500 S Ridge Rd
Conneaut, OH 44030
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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 Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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