News & Upcoming 2019 Events
Spring is in the air! Good news for us, the vines survived the winter with only one dip of
temperatures below zero. Rick and Cousin Andy have the rough pruning done and we will
now focus on trellis repair, tying shoots and un-hilling. Joe Vidmar and company will be
planting some more of the ever popular Saperavi vines this spring.
The Ice Wine Festival took take place the first 3 Saturdays of March (2nd, 9th and 16th).
Broke attendance records of previous years and had a great team of helpers including: Debbi
Prokay, Steve and Kathy Mercer, Maple Mike and Chris Krzys, Barb and Rick Houston,
Rick Kovacic, son-in-law Konrad Bohm and our two grandsons Kevin and Chris.
Imagine this.....Our Sangiovese was awarded a Gold Medal in San Francisco International
and our Shiraz medaled as well. Not Bad for a little estate winery in Ohio!
We are now introducing a number of new 2017 releases. 2017 was an exceptional year with
a warm, dry, fall, which was almost too perfect for some cooler climate varietals. The Pinot
Noir from the Pinot Vista Vineyard was almost as dark as a Zin from California. The Pinot
Reserves are some of the best we've ever produced with rich black cherry flavors, hints or roses in a complex and elegant nose
and a soft velvety finish.
Also, in the release line-up are the 2017 Malbec blend and Merlot which are fruit bombs along with other new releases of
Sangiovese, Corvina, Cabernet and Saperavi. We will have more tasting notes as they near release.
On the lighter side we have a new Rose, a new Gewurztraminer and will be introducing 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and
Blanc de Blanc as Summer approaches.
Many of our customers have enjoyed our wine dinner/parings have requested we do more. So, we have we are hosting a
number of wine paring dinners this summer as listed below
Hope to see you soon!
Art and Doreen
St. Joseph Vineyard pouring wine made from ancient grape, the Saperavi
"The Saperavi grape, said to have originated 8,000 years ago in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, now is growing at St.
Joseph Vineyard in Madison." Read more in Janet Podolak's News-Herald article HERE
St. Joseph Vineyard and Winery Celebrates over 20 years of growing and producing award winning wines!
Read more about us and the many new wine project underway by clicking on this "About Us" link
Summer 2019 Events
At Pinot Vista
SUMMER WINE TASTING DINNERS!
We have finalized the dinners for this summer!
Friday - June 28th 6:30PM
ITALIAN WINE DINNER
Appetizer – Melon wrapped in Prosciutto
Entrées – Lasagna,
Cheese filled tortellini with alfredo sauce
Dessert – Tiramisu
Friday - July 26th 6:30PM
Appetizer – Cucumber with Smoked Salmon
Entrée – Slow braised Beef Brisket
Homemade Cole Slaw
Homemade Potato Salad
Dessert – Refreshing Lemon Cake
Friday - August 30th 6:30PM
FRENCH FLAIR DINNER
Appetizer – Portobello Stuffed Mushrooms
Entrée – Pork Marsala with Potatoes Au Gratin
Dessert – Raspberry Crème Puffs with Dark Chocolate
You will be tasting some new releases at these dinners! We will discuss the wines and as always we love the feedback from you!
Also, we will have a raffle at each dinner. So please join us at 6:30PM,
for some wonderful summer Friday nights! What better way to kick off a summer weekend!
Each dinner is $45.00/person which includes dinner and wines paired with each course. If you decide you would like to attend all 3
dinners the cost is $120.00 per person. Please let us know which dinners you would like to attend or if you would like to attend all 3.
Also, we will have limited seating so sign up early. Please confirm by sending a check or calling with a credit card payment.
Send checks to:
St. Joseph Vineyards
6060 Madison Road
Thompson, Ohio 44086
Or call 440-298-3709 with a credit card, to secure your reservation!
Download a PDF brochure about our locations and wines here
ABOUT SAINT JOSEPH VINEYARD
St. Joseph Vineyard is a family run boutique Ohio winery nestled amid the rolling hills of the Grand River Valley. At. St. Joseph, we
believe that all great wines begin in the vineyard where the influences of cultivar, soil conditions, weather vitricultural and cellar practices are
reflected in each vintage by what the French call terroir. Our family has been growing wine grapes in Ohio since 1972. In 1986 we planted
our latest vinifera (French/European) grape vineyard within the Grand River Appellation to benefit from the unique microclimate the region provides
Throughout the year, you will observe family and friends out in the fields tending to the early stages of the wine making process including
pruning, shoot positioning, thinning, hedging and other viticultural practices.
We believe that all great wines begin in the vineyard where the influences of cultivar, soil conditions, weather, viticultural and cellar
practices are reflected in each vintage in what the French call terroir.
Starting with hand picked grapes to ensure fruit quality, our wines are produced in small quantities using traditional techniques. Our goal is
to produce interesting wines which express the character, complexity and intensity of the vintage.
ABOUT THE NEW PINOT VISTA TASTING ROOM
Entrance located on Rt 307 (Warner Rd) 2 Miles East of Rt 528 just West of intersection of Rt 307 and County Line Rd. The hours are
1-7PM on Fridays and Saturdays. The new tasting room is situated on 60 acres of rolling hills and vineyards overlooking the beautiful Grand
River Valley. An attached deck provides a spectacular scenic view of the surrounding vineyards and valley. "The stucco exterior gives the
building a Tuscan appearance." suggests tasting room manager Cristina. Inside, a unique plank floor constructed of a variety of local
hardwoods is a feature which invokes conversation about its origin and history. Wines featured are those
grown on the estate vineyard and include Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. Cheese plates are available and visitors are encouraged to picnic.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD
St. Joseph Vineyard is located in a unique micro climate in the Grand River Valley Appellation which benefits from both the proximity to a
large body of water and its moderating effects and elevation which promotes good air and water drainage. With the longest growing season
in the region, the grapes ripen to perfection during warm sunny days and cool breezy nights.
The vineyard is planted on a 2 to 6 degree slope, which provides natural drainage in a North/South orientation for maximum exposure to
the sun. The vines are spaced 9 X 6 and trained on either single wire double cordon or double wire trellis systems with Vertical shoot
positioning. The soil is permeable sandy loam based on Loudenville and Lordstown sedimentary deposits left by the last glacier. The rocky
soil helps encourage drainage and radiates stored heat. Spur pruning is generally practiced since it allows even bud distribution on the wire.
Crop loading is limited to two tons per acre to allow proper ripening.
We utilize cultural practices including shoot and cluster thinning shoot positioning and leaf removal to maximize the fruit's exposure to the
sun and the production of colors, flavors and phenolic compounds. We try to base our harvest according to pH, grape suppleness and flavor rather than sugar level.
ABOUT THE WINES
Our wines are produced from selected grapes which we hand pick then ferment using the latest technology blended with proven traditional
techniques. Our goal is to create interesting wines that express the character, complexity, vitality and intensity of each vintage. Our size
allows us personalized attention to our vines, our wines and to our customers. Currently we produce award winning wines such as
Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Chardonay, Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Ice Wine, Pinot Noir, Reserve Pinot Noir, Merlot and Shiraz.
If you are near Cleveland, Ohio and want a unique wine tasting experience, a weekend visit brings you face to face with the wine growers and wine makers that make
Ohio wineries successful. Come taste the Ohio wines that have received international recognition and are produced in one of the finest wine regions of the New World but in
the same style of the Old World. A quiet setting where friends meet to talk and enjoy the premium
"We invite you to join us, if its wine you enjoy".