OSU programs benefi t Heritage Vineyard Winery
By Josie Sellers
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
“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
- 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
“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-
“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
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-
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
Thank You OSU Extension for Serving Our Community!
Dr. Todd A. Salmans D.D.S., Ltd.
New Patients Welcome
229 South 4th St., Coshocton
17-B THE BEACON
APRIL 17, 2019