long winemaking tradition is usually traced back to the Ohio River Valley in the early 1800's when Catawba grapes were transformed into light, semi-sweet wines that were popular (and remain so) throughout the region.
Later, a new Ohio growing area emerged in the Lake Erie Islands with German settlers bringing with them the knowledge and skills of European winemaking.
By the turn of the century, thousands of gallons of wine were being produced by dozens of area wineries. Vineyards were soon planted along the entire southern shore, a narrow strip of shoreline now part
of the Lake Erie Grape Belt.
The tradition continues today with award-winning wines being produced by a thriving industry.
Above, the Slate Run Vineyard in Canal Winchester, Ohio.
More information about Ohio wineries around the Web:
Ohio Wines - Here's your first stop for Ohio wine facts from the Ohio Wine Producers Association including a complete database of Ohio wineries searchable by keyword or region, a history of Ohio winemaking and traditions, facts on how to start a winery, event calendar, and membership info.
Taste Ohio Wines - Check out a multimedia blast including video presentations, virtual tours, photos, searchable winery database, and lots of information including Ohio Wine 101, related maps and suggested tours, plus a tutorial on how to grow your own grapes in Ohio.