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Contributed OSU programs benefi t Heritage Vineyard Winery By Josie Sellers josie@coshoctoncountybeacon.com WARSAW – When Tina and Randy Endsley decided to raise grapes and sell them to wineries, OSU Extension was there to help. “I think it was 1999 and they off ered a workshop on grapes,” Randy said. “At that time, wineries were hurt- ing for grapes.” Th eir grapes went into the ground in 2001 and around that time, there were 80-90 wineries in Ohio. “We started off with four varieties of grapes and most of what we sold went to Rainbow Hills,” Randy said. Since planting their grapes, the industry has grown a lot. As of last May, Tina said there were around 286 win- eries in Ohio. However, the demand for grapes didn’t climb with the number of wineries. “At fi rst we didn’t have any interest in having a winery, but we need to add more value,” Randy said. Th ey opened Heritage Vineyard Winery 10 years ago and their new adventure once again connected them to OSU. “Wineries pay an excise tax and part of that goes to research and outreach,” Randy said. “We use Th e Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center “We use The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) a lot. They have test vineyards and can help us with deciding the varieties of grapes we plant, seeing how hearty they are and if they are disease resistant.” - Randy Endsley (OARDC) a lot. Th ey have test vineyards and can help us with deciding the varieties of grapes we plant, seeing how hearty they are and if they are disease resistant.” Th ey currently have 10 varieties of grapes on three Contributed acres. “You don’t need that many of one,” Randy said. “You need more varieties and less of them.” OARDC also helps them with the winemaking pro- cess. “Th ey do workshops and can help me with problems in the vineyard,” Randy said. “I can snap a picture of something I have a question about and send it to them and they also can send someone down to help. We grow what we sell so we need to know what works in our vineyards.” OARDC especially help them recover from winter damage in 2014. “We had to bring the grapes back up from the ground and they helped us fi nd the best way to do that,” Randy said. “We actually use them a lot. Th ey are very educa- tional.” Heritage Vineyard Winery currently has 14 wines and is planning events to celebrate its 10th anniversary this season. Th ey are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and are located at 27561 Township Road 45. For more information, call 740-824-4314 or visit www.heritagevineyardwinery.com. Thank You OSU Extension for Serving Our Community! Dr. Todd A. Salmans D.D.S., Ltd. New Patients Welcome 229 South 4th St., Coshocton 740-622-5695 17-B THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com APRIL 17, 2019