Feb 17, 2021
Fourteen grape growers in Ohio will receive up to $3,000 per acre in grant money to create new or expand existing vineyards, allowing for more wineries to use Ohio-grown grapes. The Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program (VEAP) allows wineries to invest in and plant high-quality, high-value grapes onsite instead of purchasing them from other states. VEAP is an incentive program created and funded by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC).
Jan 25, 2021
The University of Minnesota published a new factsheet on the newly released ‘Itasca’, a super cold hardy white variety with promising vine and wine attributes.
Jan 21, 2021
January 20, 2021
From the release prepared by WineAmerica, Winegrape Growers of America, the Smith Family Winery and the National Grape Research Alliance.
Oct 28, 2020
AVON LAKE, Ohio — A pint-sized pest with a penchant of destroying the plants it touches is now on the state's doorstep. The spotted lanternfly, an invasive insect first detected in eastern Pennsylvania six years ago, was found in Jefferson County, Ohio earlier this month, the first positive identification of the planthopper. Easily identifiable by its red body, black stripes, and white dots, the insect feeds on fruit-producing plants and it has a particular affinity for grapevines.
Jul 22, 2020
CLEVELAND — The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a warning about an insect that could kill wine in Ohio.
The spotted lanternfly can cause significant damage to some plants and has been seen in Pennsylvania.
According to the Department of Agriculture, the insect is fond of grape and fruit trees, hops, blueberry, oak, pine, poplar and walnut.
Adult spotted lanterflies usually eat grapevines, while nymphs eat multiple types of plants.
Apr 21, 2020
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Southern Ohio vineyards took a hit last week when frost killed off early emerging buds, and northern Ohio grape growers are bracing for the potential in their area as well.
News Article by CFAES News
By: Alayna DeMartini
April 21, 2020
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
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.”
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.
Aug 20, 2019
U.S. cities where you might not have expected to find a nice bottle of local wine.
You won’t need a passport to explore the many cities that are redefining the boundaries of wine country. Chances are, you’re only a hop, skip and cork pop away from one of the many vineyards peppered throughout America. Whether you have one day or an entire week to dedicate to wine tasting, you probably won’t have to travel far to sample some of the country’s best.