A Booming Business: O-H-Wine-O!

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Château Hough, Cleveland (photo links to article and video)

In NE Ohio it’s not too difficult to participate in the farm-to-table, buy-local movement on a reasonable budget: milk, cheese, ice cream, craft beer, bread, etc. So, it’s no surprise to learn from a recent Crain’s Cleveland Business article by Jeremy Nobile that the number of Ohio-based wineries has increased from 89 ten years ago to 265 last year, including a mission driven, urban core winery—The Vineyards and Biocellar of Château Hough—in CLE that grows grapes on less than one acre of land.
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Enology and viticulture consultant David Popp, left, is shown with The Vineyards of Château Hough founder Mansfield Frazier.

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Foreman Marvin Foster applies labels by hand to freshly bottled Traminette at Château Hough.

A couple of other wineries highlighted in the article include Ferrante Winery & Ristorante in Geneva, Ohio (east of Cleveland, on the shores of Lake Erie)…
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Making wine in Ohio since 1937

…and Gervasi Vinyard in Canton, Ohio (south of Akron and roughly equidistant between Cleveland and Pittsburgh). The vineyard is Tuscany-inspired, which makes sense since the Codospoti family grew grapes on a farm in Italy before immigrating to the U.S.
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The 55-acre Gervasi Vineyard in Canton.

The article also mentions some service and education providers including the wine degree program of Kent State University’s Ashtabula campus and Bacchus Vineyard & Winery Services (see David Popp, consultant/proprietor, pictured earlier in article).
Lastly, if anyone wants to find a winery to visit in Ohio, then browse the Catch Wine website as it has a handy dynamic map and list by town.

​~Cheers.

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