About wine making at Wyandotte Winery
The wine making facility at Wyandotte Winery is located in the cellar. All our wine is made there, on premises, by our winemaker Robin Coolidge, and his son/assistant, Ryan Coolidge. All of the equipment necessary to ferment, process, age, and bottle wine is located in the wine making facility.
Traditionally, Wyandotte was a winery, not a vineyard. That changed in 2009 when Valerie, Robin's wife and self appointed "Chief Whiner", planted 75 vines of a grape variety called "Marquette". The first harvest from those grapes will be in 2013.
Wyandotte has also partnered with a local vineyard called Broken Fence Vineyards to expand it's access to locally grown grapes. The plantings at Broken Fence were started in 2012, and expanded to about 2 acres in 2013. The first harvest from the Broken Fence Vineyard will probably be sometime in 2015 or 2016.
It surprises people sometimes that grapes are grown in Ohio, but the truth is that Ohio can grow some very good grapes. Traditional native American varieties like Niagara, Catawba, and Concord thrive all around the state. In the north, near lake Erie, temperatures are moderated by the big bodies of water. In this are they grow classic varieties like Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, among others. These are all cold hardy varieties that, while challenging, can survive the cold Ohio winters. In other places, vineyards grow French/American hybrid grapes that are developed to be very cold hardy. Varieties like Baco Noir, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Traminette, and Chardonel are examples of French/American Hybrids. In southern Ohio, where they benefit from a little more heat, they are even beginning to grow some very good Syrah and Cabernet.
Robin and Ryan try very hard to use Ohio grown fruit whenever possible. All of Wyandotte's white wines are made from Ohio fruit, as is our apple wine. Other grape or fruit varieties that don't grow well in Ohio are sourced from other places such as California, New York, and as far away as Chile.
In the winery yeast is added to the juice and, in the process of converting sugar to alcohol, the yeast also creates special flavors that are found in no other beverage in the world. Robin uses his skill and expertise to manipulate the environment the yeast is growing in to convert simple fruit juice into a work of art. The winemaking process can take anywhere from months to years depending on the kind of wine and the aging process used.
Wyandotte makes a variety of wines to please any palate. Dry to sweet, red to white, grape to fruit, we think you will enjoy a wine tasting at the winery. No matter what kind or style of wine, you can be assured of the highest quality, finest wines from Wyandotte.
When you visit be sure to get a tour of the facility and see exactly how the wine making process works. We offer free tours every Saturday, see our calendar for more information.