Viking Vineyards

(330) 678-2080 268 Old Forge Road
Kent, OH 44240
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Hi! I’m Dana Nelson and I’m the Business Manager and part owner of the Winery. My husband, Jeff, is the other part owner, as well as the winemaker and vineyard manager. We first got together in 1997. At that time, I was working as a Program Manager in New Business Development for the Bearing Business at The Timken Company, and Jeff was working as an environmental consultant. We were both doing considerable traveling, which meant that we spent quite a bit of time apart. In order to remedy this situation, we began thinking about starting our own business. While considering which business might be a good ‘fit’, we recognized the fact that Jeff had been a home wine maker for many years, we both loved wine and visiting wineries, and we had always enjoyed the type of people we met at wineries. We had both always heard that the best business go get into is one that you love. So, by the end of 1997 we had decided that a winery was what we wanted to do. We began looking for property in the fall of 1997 Read more »

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  • Chambourcin

    Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Va...

  • Traminette

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Hi everyone.  My wife Sandra and I have been into wine for the past few years and that's led to a few trips to Napa Valley and related areas in 2012 and 2013.  We enjoy all wines but reds are our favorites.  We hosted our first wine tasting party last night and it was a fun event - sixteen wine lovers trying different wines in a blind tasting.  ... Read More

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  •  Since my queries of this nature are usually tagged to the end of other threads of (somehwat) related nature, I figured I'd start one of dedicated nature. Hopefully this'll be easier to search for and come back to in the future.Here's an offer from HDH in Chicago. Anything of particular interest, or of relatively good pricing? This offer seems a... Read More

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  • These come from our friends over at 'The Wine Buzz', and starts with one for a great cause in downtown Cleveland:"One of our favorite events will happen October 8. Cleveland Wine Opener, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will take place at the Galleria at Erieview downtown, 7-10 pm (VIP reception at 6 pm). This is a great opportunit... Read More

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  • The wife & I are making our first trip to Napa for a two day excursion.  We have been doing a lot of research, including reading up on the previous forum posts, thanks Honda John for your informative essay!  We're a little worried about going during the summer, and on a weekend, but it was the only time it worked for us, especially since we live... Read More

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