Ohio Quality Wines

Are you looking for Ohio’s finest wines, made from Ohio-grown grapes?

The Ohio Quality Wine (OQW) program, established in 2007 by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee and the Viticulture and Enology Program at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, enables consumers to easily identify Ohio’s premier quality wines.

The OQW program is open ONLY to Ohio wines that are produced with at least 90% Ohio-grown grapes and which have passed sensory and chemical analysis.

Beginning with the May 2012 submission period, Labrusca varieties, including Concord, Catawba, Niagara, etc. were included into the program. As a result of this addition, the OQW program now has three specific classifications which you will find listed next to these award-winning wines.

As judged May 2017

Bokes Creek Winery NV Frasca Frenzie Ohio Vintage Brandebery Winery NV Polar Crush Ohio Specialty Burnet Ridge Winery 2016 Pinot Gris Lake Erie Vintage Ferrante Winery 2015 Frozen Vidal Blanc Grand River Valley Specialty 2016 Gewurztraminer Grand River Valley Vintage...

As judged May 2016

Ferrante Winery NV Cask 1015 Grand River Valley Vintage Gervasi Vineyard 2014 Unita Ohio Vintage NV Sognata Ohio Specialty Kinkead Ridge 2013 Chambourcin Ohio River Valley Vintage Kosicek Vineyards 2015 Estate Pinot Noir Grand River Valley Vintage Meranda-Nixon Winery...

As judged November 2015

Gervasi Vineyard 2014 Lascito Ohio Vintage Raven's Glenn 2014 R2 Ohio Vintage 2011 Scarlet Raven Ohio Specialty Total...

As judged May 2015

Brandeberry Winery NV Chardonnay Ohio Vintage 2013 Vidal Blanc Dry Ohio Vintage 2013 Vidal Blanc Semi-Dry Ohio Vintage Caesar Creek Vineyards 2013 Caesar's Rosé Ohio Vintage Debonné Vineyards 2013 Chardonnay Grand River Valley Vintage 2013 Riesling Grand River Valley...

As judged March 2015

Soine Vineyards 2012 Chambourcin Ohio Vintage 2013 Traminette Ohio Vintage Terra Cotta Vineyards NV Seyval Blanc Ohio Vintage NV Vidal Blanc Ohio Vintage Valley Vineyards NV Concord Ohio River Valley Heritage NV Pink Catawba Ohio River Valley Heritage NV Pink...

As judged November 2014

Debonné Vineyards 2013 Chambourcin Grand River Valley Vintage Firelands Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Isle St. George Vintage Laurello Vineyards NV Cabernet Franc Grand River Valley Vintage 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand River Valley Vintage NV Cask 1014 Grand River...

As judged August 2014

Brandeberry Winery NV Polar Crush Ice Wine Ohio Specialty Caesar Creek Vineyards 2013 Miss Petunia Pie Ohio Vintage Chateau Tebeau Winery NV Frontenac American Vintage Debonné Vineyards 2013 Pinot Grigio Grand River Valley Vintage 2013 Merlot Grand River Valley...

As judged May 2014

Barrel Run Crossing Winery NV Tipsy Conductor American Vintage Burnet Ridge Winery 2013 Pinot Gris Lake Erie Vintage Chateau Tebeau Winery 2011 Frontenac Dessert Wine American Specialty Ferrante Winery 2013 Signature Series Gewurztraminer Grand River Valley Vintage...

As judged April 2014

Caesar Creek Vineyards 2012 Caesar's Red American Vintage Debonné Vineyards 2013 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine Grand River Valley Specialty 2013 Vidal Blanc Grand River Valley Vintage Ferrante Winery 2013 Signature Series Chardonnay Grand River Valley Vintage 2013 Signature...

As judged November 2013

Caesar Creek Vineyards NV Headwaters Rosé American Vintage NV Skipping Stone American Vintage Debonné Vineyards NV Classic Red Grand River Valley Vintage Ferrante Winery 2012 Reserve Chardonnay Grand River Valley Vintage Terra Cotta Vineyards NV Chambourcin Ohio...

Classifications include:

Vintage Class

  • European Species (Vitis vinifera – all styles)
  • Hybrids (all styles)

Heritage Class

  • Vitis labrusca – Examples of varieties grown in Ohio include but are not restricted to: Catawba, Concord, Delaware and Niagara
  • Vitis aestivalis – Examples include Norton, also called Cynthiana.

Specialty Class

  • Fortified wines
  • Dessert wines

Ohio Quality Wine vs. Ohio Award-Winning Wines

Harpersfield GrapesWhile wines bearing the OQW designation are a guarantee that the wine is produced from a minimum of 90% Ohio-grown grapes, there are numerous other award-winning wines produced in Ohio, made mostly of bulk wine, grapes or juice imported from places such as New York, California and beyond.

Ohio wineries have something for everyone, however if you are interested in purchasing wine produced from at least 90% Ohio-grown grapes, look for the distinctive OQW logo printed on the wine bottle capsule or for the gold foil sticker placed on the bottle of these qualifying wines.