Passing cattle farms along the hilly landscape of Muskingum County, I approached Terra Cotta Vineyards in New Concord, Ohio. The long gravel drive boasted beautiful full grapevines that would soon be ready for harvest. It was an early Saturday afternoon, the calm before the storm as a large crowd was expected for the winery’s popular weekend cook outs with a selection of strip steak, marinated pork or salmon cooked over the grill.
The winery, owned by Donna and Paul Roberts, was first established in 1996 sitting in the midst of fifty-six acres. With an environment similar to the European wine regions, the Roberts family found the perfect terrior to grow quality grapes that can sustain the cold Ohio winters.
Entering the rustic winery, the light woods of poplar accented by the terra cotta walls were overshadowed by the gorgeous open, cathedral ceiling. The tasting table was to my left where I decided to try a few samples which included the Chambourcin, Steuben, Baco Noir, Catawba and the Terra Rosa.
I ordered a glass of the Terra Rosa and took a seat on the back porch to admire the dramatic valley views and rolling hills. I learned that beneath the beautiful green landscape was red clay soil and the region is known for its beautiful clay ceramics. In addition to their daughter, Alysia’s pottery, it was how the Roberts’ family came up with the name of the winery, Terra Cotta Vineyards.
So while I am enjoying the panoramic view and the delicious wine, I think about the upcoming harvest. While so many factors have an impact on the quality of the wine, all of the preparation and maintenance over the spring and summer will be important. But in the end, everything is about the harvest.
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Terra Cotta Vineyards
2285 Rix Mills Road
New Concord, OH 43702
Telephone: 740 872 3791