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WELCOME to Buckeye Appellation, The Ohio State University grape and wine research and extension online resource!  We invite you to explore our website and uncover the wealth of information developed by our team of OSU researchers, Extension specialists, Extension educators, and staff.  For current research in viticulture and enology, please visit the "Research" page.  If you are novice to this cash crop or wanting to refresh your knowledge about commercial grape and wine production in Ohio, please visit the "Grape Growing" and "Wine Making" pages.  To keep abreast of the current situation in Ohio vineyards, learn about research updates from the OSU Team, check out the "Newsletter" page.  Our Team has also developed several Extension bulletins and factsheets listed under "Resources" and one-click away for downloading on your electronic device.  Our goal is to increase accessibility of our work at OSU to the general public.  Enjoy and please send us your feedback!  Your suggestions are appreciated.

News

  1. Ohio Wines Score Two More Big Upsets in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

    Jan 16, 2020

    It may not rival the Judgment in Paris, but Ohio wines scored a couple of huge upsets and turned heads – again – at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

    Ferrante Winery and  Ristorante:  2017 Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc Ice Wine captured the designation of “Specialty Sweepstake Winner” 

    Ferrante Winery and  Ristorante:  2017 Gewürztraminer captured a “Best in Class” designation

  2. 2019 Harvest from Connecticut to Minnesota "difficult" growing season, with one exception: Ohio!

    Dec 13, 2019

    The grape growing season in the East and upper Midwest during 2019 has been described as “difficult,” although the problems growers faced in the East were somewhat different than those in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The only region reporting excellent quality grapes and good yields is Ohio. Tony DeBevc, owner of Debonne Vineyards in Madison, OH told Wine Business Monthly, “2019 was the best year we ever had. Every variety from Sémillon and Malbec to Concord had quality grapes and a good, solid crop across the board.”

  3. Bad Weather? Bad Wine.

    Oct 14, 2019

    The expectations, for wine grapes, can be crushing.

    A vintage stands or falls on the fruit’s quality. Soil quality, temperature, the health of the plant and summer rainfall — everything has to go just right for a grape to make a fine wine.  

    When it comes to the last couple of growing seasons, that’s bad news for Ohio and the region in general.