Residents of the Buckeye State, it’s time to turn aside from the tribulations of Jim Tressel and media coverage of showboating LeBron James. Raise you spirits and raise a glass to salute Ohio wines. To celebrate Ohio’s wines and their significant impact on Ohio’s economy, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich declared June “Ohio Wine Month”.
At Toledo Wines and Vines we have had the opportunity to visit many Ohio wineries and meet the winemakers. You’ll find award-winning wines, scenic tasting rooms, great food and entertainment. You can click on the “Winery Reports” tab on this page to read about some of our visits. We encourage you to support the “locapour” movement by supporting your local and regional wineries.
Ohio’s 148 wineries tend to 1,600 acres of grapes that produce more than 1 million gallons of wine each year. Wineries, located all over the state, offer wine tastings, educational day trips, and tours to educate about the art of wine making and the top quality of Ohio wines.
A number of restaurants in the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus areas will feature Ohio Quality Wines by the glass or bottle from June through August. It would be great to see them featured in the Toledo area. For more details about these events, or for more information about Ohio’s award winning wines, visit http://www.tasteohiowines.com/.
Over the last 10 years, Ohio’s wine industry has grown significantly. According to a 2008 Economic Impact report, Ohio’s grape and wine industry generates more than $580 million in economic activity that supports local communities while producing a superior agricultural product. The Ohio grape and wine industry also employs more than 4,000 people, providing a payroll of $124.2 million.
Stay tuned to TWAV as we will feature some posts on Ohio wines during Ohio Wine Month.