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 2012

Barrel Run Crossing Winery NV Tipsy Conductor Ohio Vintage Brandeberry Winery NV Vidal Semidry Ohio Vintage Burnet Ridge 2011 Pinot Gris Lake Erie Vintage Debonne Vineyards 2011 Riesling Reserve Grand River Valley Vintage 2009 Chambourcin Grand River Valley Vintage...

As judged March 2012

Ferrante Winery 2011 Gruner Veltliner Grand River Valley 2011 Golden Bunches Dry Riesling Grand River Valley Meranda-Nixon Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Ohio River Valley Raven's Glenn Winery 2011 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine Ohio Valley Vineyards NV Red Reflections Ohio...

As judged November 2011

Debonne Vineyards 2010 Cask Red Wine 1012 Grand River Valley Ferrante Winery 2010 Cask Red Wine GRV 1011 Grand River Valley Laurello Vineyards NV Christopher Grand River Valley Terra Cotta Vineyards NV Chambourcin Rose Ohio NV Seyval Reserve Ohio The Winery at Wolf...

As judged August 2011

Ferrante Winery NV Cabernet Franc Rose Grand River Valley 2010 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Grand River Valley 2010 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine Grand River Valley Maize Valley Winery NV Lacrescent Ohio NV Little Red Pecker Ohio Quarry Hill Winery 2010 Cabernet Franc Lake Erie...

As judged May 2011

Debonne Vineyards 2009 Cab/Cab Grand River Valley 2009 Chardonnay Grand River Valley 2009 Riesling Reserve Lot 907 Grand River Valley 2010 Riesling Reserve Grand River Valley Ferrante Winery 2010 Golden Bunches Dry Riesling Grand River Valley 2010 Chardonnay Signature...

As judged March 2011

Breitenbach Wine Cellars NV Cabernet Sauvignon Lake Erie NV Merlot Lake Erie NV Solara Cream Sherry Grand River Valley NV Tawny Port Ohio River Valley Burnet Ridge 2010 Pinot Gris Lake Erie Ferrante Winery 2009 Signature Series Cabernet Franc Grand River Valley 2010...

As judged November 2010

Debonne Vineyards 2008 Chambourcin Grand River Valley 2009 Riesling Grand River Valley 2009 Riesling Reserve Grand River Valley 2009 Riesling Lot 807 Reserve Grand River Valley 2009 Cabernet Franc Grand River Valley Raven's Glenn Winery 2009 Scarlet Raven Ohio 2009...

As judged July 2010

Debonne Vineyards 2008 Chambourcin Grand River Valley 2009 Riesling Reserve Grand River Valley Ferrante Winery 2009 Cabernet Franc Ice Wine Grand River Valley 2009 Signature Series Pinot Grigio Grand River Valley Firelands Winery 2008 Dolcetto Isle St. George Valley...

As judged March 2010

Debonne Vineyards 2008 Vidal Ice Wine Grand River Valley Firelands Winery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Isle St. George 2006 Cabernet Franc Isle St. George 2008 Pinot Grigio Isle St. George 2008 Pinot Noir Isle St. George Valley Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Ohio River...

As judged November 2009

Debonne Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Franc Grand River Valley 2008 Chardonnay Grand River Valley 2008 Riesling Reserve Grand River Valley Raven's Glenn Winery 2008 Ohio Vidal Blanc Ice Wine Ohio Valley Vineyards 2008 Hillside Red Ohio River Valley 2008 Seyval Ohio River...

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.