Winery Map – Ohio's Best Wineries

Ohio's winemaking industry began in the early 1800s when Nicholas Longworth planted Alexander, Isabella and Catawba grapes in the Ohio River Valley, and by 1860, Ohio wineries produced more wine than any other state. Unfortunately, over the next 30 years, disease and the Civil War destroyed Ohio's wine industry.

Nearly one hundred years later, hybrid grapes such as Baco Noir, Chambourcin, Chardonel and Vidal Blanc led to the revitalization of Ohio's wine industry, and more than one hundred twenty five Ohio wineries are now located within five American Viticultural Areas (AVA). Ohio wineries also produce wines from American varieties such as Catawba, Niagara and Concord, but several of Ohio's best wineries are starting to receive significant accolades for their traditional Vitis vinifera wines such as Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Award-winning wines are produced from grapes grown across the state, but a significant portion of Ohio's most highly rated wines are produced from grapes grown in the Grand River Valley and Isle St. George AVAs.

With such a wide range of quality wines, wine tourists are sure to find something they like in Ohio wine country!

Click the image below to see the map of Ohio wineries producing Ohio's best wines (based on awards won at major wine competitions).


Published: July 14, 2013

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