Wyandotte Winery LLC located in Columbus, Ohio, has entered into an agreement with Rockside Vineyards LLC located in Lancaster, Ohio, to purchase the winery and vineyards. Both wineries will continue to produce unique, high-quality wines that leverage the strengths of each location.
“Wyandotte is tucked into a neighborhood setting, a unique location for a winery.” said Robin Coolidge, co-owner and Winemaker at Wyandotte Winery. “Our unique location makes it very difficult for us to plant additional vineyards or expand our facility.
Rockside has 4.5 acres of established vineyards, 17 total acres available to expand and grow, and a solid portfolio of hand-crafted wines produced mostly from fruit grown on the property. Wyandotte and Rockside will continue to operate independently, and both will continue to produce unique, high-quality wines in small lots using traditional winemaking methods. We will provide wine lovers with an exceptional, but different, winery experience at each location.”
“My wife Lynn and I have enjoyed creating and caring for Rockside Vineyards,” said Ron Rutter, current owner and Winemaker. “The winery has been more successful than we could have imagined, but for personal reasons it is time for us to move on. We believe that the Coolidge’s will provide our customers with great wine, great service, and care for the winery like we have.”
The sale is expected to be completed in late September 2014, but the two wineries will be working closely together to transition ownership as the transaction proceeds. Current Wyandotte Winery owners Valerie and Robin Coolidge will be joined by their son Ryan Coolidge who will become General Manager and Winemaker at Rockside. Rockside will be transitioning from being open four days a week and nine months per year to five days per week all year round. The winery will also begin to offer a regular schedule of live music and other events for patrons, and will be opening space for private events, including weddings in the vineyard.
About Wyandotte Winery
Wyandotte Winery is located at 4640 Wyandotte Drive in Columbus, Ohio. Opened in 1977, it is the first and oldest winery in central Ohio. Nestled in a neighborhood setting, the winery features a variety of boutique wines produced from fruit grown in Ohio and around the world. Wyandotte features a wide variety of wine styles from dry to sweet, red to white, produced from both grapes and other fruits. Wyandotte also features special gourmet wine cakes that are a unique treat, personalized wine labels that make great gifts, and a wonderful location for private events. At Wyandotte Winery, you enter a customer and leave a friend!
About Rockside Winery and Vineyards
Rockside Winery and Vineyards is located at 2363 Lancaster Newark Rd NE (Rt. 37) in Lancaster, Ohio. Established by Ron and Lynn Rutter in 2007, Rockside has 4.5 acres of vineyards growing Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, and Niagara, among others. The majority of Rockside Winery’s production is from grapes grown on the property. The winery building is nestled among the vines and provides a picturesque setting for enjoying wine by the taste, glass, or bottle. The winery is a beautiful and unique location for private events. Rockside Winery and Vineyards is a little slice of wine country right in central Ohio’s back yard.