Peter Ferrante (1923-2009) and Josephine Ferrante represent the success of the early history of the new Ohio wine industry. Leaders in local and national viticulture, the couple brought some of the first French hybrid grapes, a cross between American native grapes and European wine grapes, to the Grand River American Viticulture Area. This mix combines the best traits of both varieties; resisting disease, surviving northern Ohio’s cooler climate, and making better quality wines.
Photo of the Ferrante family receiving two prestigious awards; the Ohio Hall of Fame and the Ohio Winemaker of Year award by the Ohio Grape Industries at the Ohio Wine and Grape Short Course in Columbus, Ohio. Nicholas Ferrante is shown holding both awards.
Nicholas Ferrante, a third generation winemaker for Ferrante Winery in Harpersfield, is regarded as one of the state's most respected winemakers. His wines have been awarded 'Sweepstakes,' 'Best of Show,' and 'Double Gold,' recognition from coast to coast.
He has generously given of his time, serving on the Ohio Grape Industries Committees and on its research subcommittees. He has been a supporter and collaborator of research and innovation, be it through our universities or in his support or the Grand River Valley initiative or the creation of Pairings Wine and Culinary Experience. He has also been a speaker at nearly every major industry conference in the country.
Source: Ohio Wine Producers Association Hall of Fame website.
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