New local winery poised to expand offerings

A.R. Winery, 3564 Gordon-Landis Road northeast of Arcanum, is selling wines at some retail outlets, and expects to open a tasting room to the public later this summer, according to co-founder Russell Rex. Rex married the winery’s other founder, Angie Flory, just eight days ago, and on Saturday, he picked up three large fermentation tanks that will allow him to expand production.

Rex said winemaking and spirits-making runs in his family, and he and Flory collaborated on plans after surveying friends and acquaintances on what types of wines they like. The product line includes “Lock, Stock and Berries,” made from blueberries, blackberries and red raspberries that Rex mashes himself; “Forbidden Apple;” “Bluesberry” wine from blueberries; and a white-grape wine called “She Said Yes.” Coming in August will be “El Loco,” a wine made from limes that Rex likened to a margarita; and later this fall, El Nino, made from pineapple, mango, papaya and strawberry.

Retail outlets that carry A.R Winery’s wines include Miami Valley Wine & Spirits in Tipp City and the IGA stores in West Milton and Greenville.

And tomorrow, Tuesday June 30, A.R. Winery’s wines will be available for sampling from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Company 7 BBQ at 1001 S. Main St. in Englewood. The barbecue restaurant has been hosting Tuesday night wine specials spotlighting wineries in west-central and southwest Ohio and eastern Indiana.

Darke County is also home to two other wineries: The Winery at Versailles and Kennedy Vineyard near New Madison.

For more information, check out the A.R. Winery web site at www.arwinery.com.

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