June is now Ohio Wine Month, a time to celebrate Ohio’s wine industry, which Dave Daniels, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture says is a significant contributor to Ohio’s agricultural economy.
“We have 162 wineries, producing almost a million gallons, a little better than a million gallons of wine a year,” said Director Daniels. “It actually puts a great deal of money in to the economy, around $580 million dollars every year.”
As part of the Wine Month kickoff event, Christy Eckstein, Executive Director of the Ohio Grape Industries Committee says a new magazine, “Exploring Ohio Wine Country,” will help consumers learn more about Ohio’s wine industry.
“It’s a 40 page, 4-color, glossy publication with the Ohio Wine Guide inserted in the middle,” Eckstein said. “Lots of editorial information about visiting Ohio’s wineries, advertisements so the consumer can actually see where these wineries are and what they have to offer.”
Exploring Ohio’s Wine Country is available statewide at AAA offices, Giant Eagle stores, wineries or by emailing the Ohio Department of Agriculture.