Learn about the rich history of the Ohio grape industry while sipping local wine at your favorite winery! The Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC) is excited to premiere its new documentary highlighting the remarkable grape growing industry in Ohio and recognizing its growers.
The short film shows how the Vineyard Expansion Assistance Program (VEAP) is working to expand new and existing vineyards throughout the state. The goal is to create conversation around Ohio wineries and vineyards, and celebrate the long history of grape growing, which dates back to the 1850s.
The public is invited to attend one of the screenings on July 17. The showings will take place at the following locations:
- Buccia Vineyard Winery and B&B – 518 Gore Rd., Conneaut, OH 44030 at 5 p.m. under the covered patio followed by live music from 6-9 p.m.
- Folck Winery – 6843 N. Urbana-Lisbon Rd., Mechanicsburg, OH 43044 at 2 p.m.
- Gideon Owen Wine Company – 3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton, OH 43452 at 1 p.m. at the stage.
- Hanover Winery – 2165 Morman Rd., Hamilton, OH 45013 at 5 p.m., followed by live music.
- Vinoklet Winery – 11069 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45252 at 9 p.m. at the gazebo.
VEAP allows wineries to invest in and plant high-quality, high-value grapes onsite instead of purchasing them from other states. The VEAP is an incentive program created and funded by OGIC.
Ohio is the sixth largest wine producer in the country, with just over 1,500 acres of vineyards producing and selling 1.2 million gallons, or 500,000 cases, of wine annually. There are currently 340 licensed wine manufacturers across the state, creating more than 8,000 full-time jobs for Ohioans. VEAP is managed by OGIC, which was established in 1981 and operates in-part through the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Ohio wines here.