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Curious About Ohio's Wine Industry? Learn What It Takes to Establish a Commercial Vineyard

October 23, 2008

PIKETON, Ohio -- Each year over 1.7 million people visit Ohio's 2,200 acres of vineyards and more than 100 winery operations, and demand for Ohio-produced wines continues to increase.


Ohio State University Extension is offering producers and other interested individuals the opportunity to be a part of the growing industry and learn what it takes to establish a commercial vineyard. OSU South Centers at Piketon is holding a workshop, "Key Steps in Establishing a Commercial Vineyard," Nov. 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The workshop is part of the Third Thursday Horticulture Business Training Series.

Cost to attend is $5 per person. OSU South Centers is located at 1864 Shyville Rd., in Piketon, Ohio.

OSU Extension small fruit specialist Maurus Brown will discuss the resources and strategies needed to begin producing wine grapes.

"We've seen about a 60 percent growth of commercial wineries in Ohio over the past decade and demand and interest in consuming wine continues to increase," said Brown. "We want to educate producers on how to get started with their own winegrape vineyard.

According to a recent survey conducted by OSU Extension, Ohio Wine Producers and the Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District, Ohio grape producers anticipate planting 234 new acres of grapes in the next five years. Visitors to the workshop will learn more about the status of the Ohio wine industry, the key components of wine production, where to look for vineyard resources and who to contact for farm visits.

Brown and his colleagues are conducting wine grape cultivar trials at OSU South Centers to determine how well the cultivars perform under southern Ohio growing conditions and to help develop the wine industry in southern Ohio.

For more information, or to register, contact Julie Strawser at (740) 289-2071, ext. 223, or e-mail


Candace Pollock
Julie Strawser