What we are All About
“We use 80% of our grapes in each of our wines. Our apple wines hold 100% of our own apples on our property. We only use 100% all natural peach, blackberry, and raspberry juices for our much sweeter wines.”
It all started when…
A passion for farming and a desire to keep the existing family farm in agricultural usage for the foreseeable future. Traditionally grains, hay, soybeans, and wheat have been growing with an initial vineyard planting since 2006. Additional planting was chosen specifically for our subsequent year totaling over ten acres of vineyards. Barrel Run Crossing Winery and Vineyard Inc was derived from a family run farm that has been in existence for four generations.
The interest in starting a winery arose after a few trips to Sonoma County and living in a winery region in North Carolina with a mentor nearby. Having had these experiences, wine making began first as a hobby for one of our owners. After much research on grape growing in Ohio, it was discovered that Barrel Run Crossing Winery & Vineyard’s land was a premier location and climate for wine grapes. A one acre test plot was planted and we continued to grow from there.
The winery business plan was initially developed in 2006 and all members have undergone extensive self-training. An agronomy background made for an easy transition to planting, fertilizing, and proper techniques when spraying the grapes. One member of the team completed a Certificate program from UC Davis California. Many hours were also spent by the team while working in different wineries in North Carolina. There are several other employees which have been vital to the business thus far. Pruning, planting, harvesting, and assisting in the wine making operations are just a few of the many tasks.
Our three main goals are to maintain economic viability, produce a regional product, and to demonstrate community responsibility. We have created a business model incorporating agriculture that is financially sustainable. We truly want to continue producing Ohio wine from Ohio grapes and not only intend to keep the land agricultural, but also, add jobs to the local community.