The Vintage Ohio South wine festival will return to the Clark County Fairgrounds this year and will split into two parts to more effectively spotlight Ohio wines.
The event, hosted by the Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA), will be held in two sessions: from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, inside a large special-events building at the Clark County Fairgrounds.
Vintage Ohio South will include 20 wineries, dozens of vendors, food trucks, wine-appreciation seminars, cooking demonstrations and entertainment.
The two sessions will better accommodate the crowd and offer each taster a bit more personal attention, according to OWPA Executive Director Donniella Winchell. Last year, the wine festival attracted about 1,500 visitors.
“Taster” tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Attendees will receive 12 tickets for samples of wine and will take home a souvenir glass. Additional tasting tickets are available at $5 for three tickets. Designated driver tickets are $10 each and include some complimentary soft drinks or water. Wineries will be selling bottles and cases to go.
Parking is free. Advance tickets are available at www.OhioWines.org, and until May 10 at Brandeberry Winery in Enon and at Olde Schoolhouse Winery in Eaton.
The Kent State University-Ashtabula grape-growing and winemaking team will be on hand to help take some of the mystery out of wine appreciation, organizers said.
In addition to the traditional festival activities, the Clark County SPCA will be on site sharing the stories of pets available for adoption.
Live music will be provided by Albarino Affair from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and by Ohio Brass and Electric from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Food trucks will include Christian Bros. Meat Co., Freddie’s Franks & Burgers, La Pampa Grill, Rock Stop N Roll and Young’s Jersey Dairy.
Participating wineries, according to the OWPA, will be:
- AR Winery, Arcanum
- Brandeberry Winery, Enon
- Buckeye Winery, Newark
- Caesar Creek Vineyards, Xenia (New Jasper Twp.)
- Dalton Union Winery & Brewery, Marysville
- Debonné Vineyards, Madison
- Dragonfly Vineyards & Wine Cellar, Urbana
- Folck Family Winery, Mechanicsburg
- Hanover Winery, Hamilton
- Heineman’s Winery, Put-in-Bay
- It’s Your Winery, Medina
- Kinkead Ridge Winery, Ripley
- Lincoln Way Vineyards, Wooster
- Maize Valley Winery, Hartville
- Manchester Hill Winery, Circleville
- Old Mason Winery & Vineyards, West Milton
- Olde Schoolhouse Vineyards, Eaton
- Plum Run Winery, Grove City
- Sand Hollow Winery, Heath
- Valley Vineyards, Morrow
For additional information and to order tickets: www.OhioWines.org or call (440) 466-4417.
WANT TO GO?
What: Vintage Ohio South wine festival
When: Two sessions, from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11
Where: Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S Charleston Pike, Springfield
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door; $10 for designated drivers
More info: www.OhioWines.org or call (440) 466-4417.