When the tasting room opens this fall, the winery will offer seven wines for sampling, made from juice and grapes brought in mostly from New York state and other Ohio vineyards. Kennedy said as newly planted and recently planted grapevines reach full production over the next few years, the vineyard’s owners will use increasing proportions of grapes grown in their own vineyards to make their wines, with a goal of becoming an all-estate-grown winery in about five years.
Kennedy said his sister and brother-in-law operate a winery in the Columbus area, and his mother has made wine on the Darke County property for more than a decade.
The new winery is owned by Kennedy and his wife Louisa of Arcanum and by Robinson and his wife Shelley, also of Arcanum. All have other jobs but will collaborate in the business venture, Kennedy and Robinson said.
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