July 22, 2017

What Happened to SouthWestern Ohio Wine?

The Ohio Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) follows the river along the bottom of Ohio and extends into Kentucky and Indiana. It’s the second largest AVA, but wineries are positioned sparsely throughout the viticultural area. In the decades before prohibition, this region was one of America’s largest producers of wine, but what are they doing now? I did a little research and placed a few … [Read more...]

Should Wineries Be Craft Brewers Too?

Diversifying product lines is a smart business move. But ask any of the increasing number of winery owners who have recently started to make beer and/or spirits as well as wine why they did it, and diversification is not usually their answer.“We like craft beer and we drink it,” says Brad Schmiling, a co-owner of Wisconsin’s von Stiehl Winery.The winery, which produces 30 wines ranging … [Read more...]