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  1. Impact of April Frost/Freeze on Grapes in Ohio

    Jun 2, 2021

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  2. Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program Provides Grant Money to 14 Ohio Grape Growers

    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).


  3. Itasca - Cold Climate Grape Variety

    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.



  4. Rich Smith Distinguished Service Award virtually presented on January 19 to Ohio's Donniella Winchell

    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. 



  5. In-Depth: Local wineries concerned as invasive, destructive insect spotted in Ohio

    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.

  6. This insect could be detrimental to Ohio's wine industry

    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.

  7. Frost grips grapes in southern Ohio

    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. Complete Article

    News Article by CFAES News

    By: Alayna DeMartini

    April 21, 2020


  8. 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

  9. 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.”

  10. 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.