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 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...

As judged August 2013

Brandeberry Winery 2012 Pinot Gris Ohio Vintage Caesar Creek Vineyards 2012 Caesar's Rosé Ohio Vintage 2012 Headwaters White Ohio Vintage Debonné Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Franc Grand River Valley Vintage 2012 Riesling Grand River Valley Vintage Ferrante Winery 2012...

As judged May 2013

Caesar Creek Vineyards 2012 Chardonel Ohio Vintage 2012 Traminette Ohio Vintage Ferrante Winery 2012 Pinot Noir Grand River Valley Vintage Gervasi Vineyard 2012 Belina American Vintage Maize Valley Winery NV LaCrescent Ohio Vintage NV Traminette Ohio Vintage NV...

As judged March 2013

Barrel Run Crossing Winery NV Locomotion American Vintage Burnet Ridge Winery 2012 Pinot Gris Lake Erie Vintage Debonne Vineyards 2011 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine Grand River Valley Specialty 2012 Pinot Grigio Grand River Valley Vintage 2012 Riesling Reserve Grand River...

As judged November 2012

Brandeberry Winery NV Merlot Ohio Vintage Maize Valley Winery NV Middle of the Road American Vintage Myrddin Winery NV Table Wine American Vintage Stoney Ridge Winery NV Enchanted Evenings American Vintage NV Ridge Red American Vintage Valley Vineyards 2011 Cabernet...

As judged August 2012

Debonne Vineyards NV Pink Catawba Grand River Valley Heritage NV White Catawba Lake Erie Heritage 2010 Cabernet Franc Grand River Valley Vintage Meranda-Nixon Winery 2011 Norton Ohio River Valley Vintage 2011 Trotter White Wine Ohio Vintage Terra Cotta Vineyards NV...

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.