Ohio Wines Garner High Scores from Renowned Wine Critic


Reynoldsburg, OH (December 18, 2018) – Ohio continues to earn recognition as a wine destination, receiving global attention among other world-class growing regions. As the sixth largest producer of wine in the country with more than 300 wineries, the Ohio landscape offers producers terroir and growing conditions that cultivate flavors unique to the region.

James Suckling, named one of the most powerful wine critics by Forbes, reviewed 11 Ohio wines grown throughout the Grand River Valley, Isle St. George and Ohio River Valley viticultural appellations, all of which are featured in his article, “American Wine Revolution.” He awarded each of the wines with a score of 83 or higher based on a 100-point scale.

Ferrante Winery & Ristorante in Geneva received the top score of 93 for its Vidal Blanc Ice Wine. The winery’s Pinot Grigio secured the second highest score of 90.

He also notes that Ohio wine such as Meranda-Nixon Winery’s Estate Cabernet Franc rivals those produced in the Loire Valley, a notable wine-producing region in central France.

“You could mistake this leafy and savory, medium-bodied cabernet franc for a Loire wine, thanks to the sleek body and lively acidity,” said Suckling.

Additionally, Firelands Winery’s Gewurztraminer, Debonné Vineyards’ Unoaked Chardonnay, Laurentia Vineyard & Winery’s Clone 90 Estate Riesling, M Cellars’ Gewurztraminer, Meritage & Rhaksiteli, Meranda-Nixon’s Estate Chardonnay and St. Joseph Vineyard’s Pinot Noir were noted for their excellence in balance, finish and aroma.

“Ohio truly is home to something special when it comes to wine,” said Christy Eckstein, executive director of The Ohio Grape Industries Committee. “Suckling’s praises reflect both our region’s ability to produce a diverse range of high quality grapes as well as our winemakers’ continued commitment to crafting standout wines. We’re fortunate for our region’s rich capabilities and proud of those who have put Ohio on the map as a wine destination.”