June, now signed into law as Ohio Wine Month, is a time to celebrate Ohio’s wines, known as some of the best in the country, and their significant impact on Ohio’s economy.
Ohio’s 162 wineries incorporate 1,600 acres of grapes that produce more than 1 million gallons of wine each year. Wineries, located all over the state, offer wine tastings, educational day trips, and tours to educate about the art of wine making and the top quality of Ohio wines.
Consumers can also find Ohio wines at their favorite retail stores across the state, including Giant Eagle, which will be hosting their six for $6 wine tasting featuring all Ohio wines on Friday, June 1. For more information about this event, or more information about Ohio’s award-winning wines, visit www.tasteohiowines.com.
Over the last 10 years, Ohio’s wine industry has grown significantly. According to a 2008 Economic Impact report, Ohio’s grape and wine industry generates more than $580 million in economic activity that supports local communities while producing a superior agricultural product. The Ohio grape and wine industry also employs more than 4,100 people, providing a payroll of $124.2 million.