Ohio State Fair offers 30 wines to taste

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ohio State Fair is primarily devoted to agriculture and innovation. Of course, there are fantastic rides and food options to enjoy. Have you considered the less obvious offerings, like Made-in-Ohio wine?

the Ohio Grape Industries is housed in the Taste of Ohio building and ready for you to take a sip of some of Buckeye State’s finest wines.

A little known fact is that the American wine industry began in Ohio in the 1820s along the Ohio River and in Cincinnati. This ended when disease destroyed the 3,000 acres of vineyard. Nearly a century later, the local wine business has started to grow again.

Today, there are over 1,500 acres of vineyards across the state and over 380 licensed winemakers. This means you would pass a local winery in any 30 minute direction from where you are in the state.

“Wine should be accessible, you can pair wine with anything I think,” said Christy Eckstein, executive director of Ohio Grape Industries. “There really is no wrong answer, you should drink what you like.”

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“The Ohio State Fair is a great way for us to showcase Ohio wines,” Eckstein said. “If you’re here at the state fair, there’s a wine you can pair with a corndog or a cheese stick or an elephant ear.”

When you are at the fair, you can taste locally produced wines; if you don’t know what you like, they will help you understand the process. There are 30 wines that have qualified to be at the fair. You are almost guaranteed to find one to your liking.

Elisha A. Tilghman