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Traveling to Ohio this Summer? Visit a Winery

Raven’s Glenn Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Ohio wineries can be discovered throughout the state. While traveling to or through Ohio be sure to stop at a winery to discover the wines produced in this large state.

Currently Ohio has several AVAs including Lake Erie, Isle St. George, Grand River Valley, Ohio River Valley and Loramie Creek appellations.

Barrel Run Crossing Winery & Vineyard, Ohio

During the 1800s Ohio was known for growing the Catawba grape. This was where the majority of sparkling wines were made in the US during those early years. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote about about the Catawba grapes and the beautiful river, known as the Ohio River.

 It was the Civil war and grape diseases that led to the demise of the grape industry in Ohio. Later the industry began to develop again but Prohibition put a stop to the industry until the 1960s.

Today Ohio has wineries in the North East, North West, South East and South West. Wine trails include: 

  • Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail
  • Vines & Wines Wine Trail
  • Capital City Wine Trail
  • Canal Country Wine Trail
  • Appalachian Wine Trail
  • Ohio River Valley Wine Trail

Wine grape types growing in Ohio include vitis vinifera, American and hybrids. Look for traditional wines as well as a variety of fruit wines.

If you are looking for a fun event in Ohio, get your tickets for the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival taking place August 3rd and 4th. The event will be in Kirtland, Ohio which is located northeast of Cleveland.

Vintage Ohio Festival Notes:

  • 18 wineries will attend
  • Numerous business are expected to attend including: Santa Rosa Stitches, Rescue Village, Lake Humane Society and JoVann’s Tobacco Shop.
  • Craft and gourmet vendors will offer jewelry, candles,  soaps, wind chimes, waffles, cookies, spices and tea
  • Presentations by chefs will include: barbecued pork belly burnt ends and smoking steak fajitas
  • Live entertainment will be available on two stages and include: Don Perry Duo, Discovery Band and Miles Beyond.

While attending the festival stop by one of several restaurants or food trucks offering an array of mouthwatering food items.

Visit the Wine Trail Traveler website for reviews of the many Ohio wineries we visited.


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