Ohio’s Wine — The Best-Kept Secret of Ohio Agriculture

  When people think about Ohio agriculture, images of soybean, corn or wheat fields, or maybe even a livestock farm, probably come to mind. However, most people wouldn’t think of Ohio’s grape and wine industry as being a significant agriculture contributor but surprisingly, it is.

The Ohio General Assembly recently designated June as Ohio Wine Month, so now is the time to celebrate Ohio’s wines — known as some of the best in the country — and their significant impact to Ohio’s economy.

According to Dave Daniels, the Ohio Department of Agriculture director, Ohio has 162 wineries, which incorporate 1,600 acres of grapes that produce more than 1 million gallons of wine each year.

Listen to the director’s interview with Brownfield Ag News about Ohio’s wine industry.

During the past 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 4,100 people and provides a payroll of $124.2 million.

Ohio Wine Facts (Taste Ohio’s Wines) 

•    Prior to the Civil War, Ohio was considered America's most
     important wine-producing state
•    Today, Ohio is one of the top 10 wine-producing states in the
•    Most of the wine produced in Ohio is from the northeast corner of
     the state — in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties — but Ohio’s
     wineries are located throughout the state
•    An average of 800 grapes make a bottle of wine
•    Grapes are the most valuable fruit crop in the United States
•    There are more than 10,000 varieties of wine grapes 

As you enjoy cookouts with family and friends this summer, try an Ohio wine with your meal. Better yet, plan a trip to an Ohio winery — many offer wine tastings and tours to educate visitors about the art of wine making and the great quality of Ohio wines. Visit www.tasteohiowines.com to locate an Ohio winery. 

Did you know that wine is a significant contributor to Ohio’s agriculture? Do you produce your own wine or do you know an Ohio wine producer? How do you plan to celebrate Ohio’s wine month? 


Photo obtained from: toledowinesandvines.blogspot.com

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