Ohio Wine Facts
There are 150 licensed wineries in the state of Ohio. In 2009,
Ohio winemakers produced more than 1.1 million gallons of wine.
The largest number of wineries are located in Lake, Geauga, and
Ashtabula counties. Most of the wine made in Ohio is made in the
Northeast corner of the state. However, Ohio’s wineries are
located all over the state.
Sweet Ohio Wines?
In 1830 Ohio’s semi-sweet Catawba wine was the pinnacle of good
taste and much sought after across the United States. When Eastern
Europeans came to the Lake Erie shores they made the style of wine
they were familiar with from native grapes and that wine was sweet
Today with Ohio winemakers produce more sophisticated European
varietals from very dry to semi-sweet to meet higher expectations
of modern consumers. These wines win awards all over the country
including California competitions.
The good news is that no matter what your level of experience
with wine, you should be able to find one just right for your
palate in Ohio.
Cool Climate Wines
Ohio and most Eastern Section wine states are known as "cool
climate" wine producers. Ohio has five viticulture appellations
determined by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms: the
Lake Erie region, the Ohio River Valley region, Isle St. George
(North Bass Island) in Lake Erie, Laramie Creek, and Grand
Winegrowers have found many small sites where the microclimate
and soil conditions are perfect for growing grapes. The last census
of grape acreage showed about 2,200 acres of grapes in Ohio and
that number is growing.
Cool climate grapes regions include northern France, some of that
countries finest wine producing regions, Germany, Austria, Washington
and Oregon and much of the grape growing acres east of the Mississippi
River. In cool climate regions grapes must come to full ripeness in a
shorter growing season. The resultant wines tend to be crisper, fruitier,
aromatic and extremely good matches with food.