Learn About Kinkead Ridge Winery
Savor the taste of memorable wines with unique tastes from Kinkead Ridge Winery in Ripley, Ohio.
We produce quality wines from Ohio grapes as well as from grapes beyond Ohio. Unique varietals and blends born in the imagination of our winemaker, hand-crafted in small fermentations at our Ohio winery.
History of Kinkead Ridge (information from the History of Brown County)
William Kinkead, Jr. arrived in the area in 1796. He and his wife built their cabin on the J. Harris Survey, several miles north of Ripley in 1796. In 1797 William and his father made a journey overland to Chillicothe, Ohio and determined to settle there; returning after the harvest was gathered, they packed their goods and sent them by keel-boat to Chillicothe, while they drove the stock across through the woods. They returned to the Ripley area without unloading the goods from the boat after learning about continual conflicts with the Indians living in the area. William remained a resident of Ripley for the rest of his life. He had nine children. The Gothic Revival home on the property was built in 1880, as evidenced by the "Plain and Fancy Plastering" plaque that was found in a wall with a date and name.
May 2017 - Year Two - we are still making quality wines!
Don and Anna Marie Boweres
Even though we had 8 inches of snow on the cars in Northern Ohio just a few weeks ago, and a frost a few days ago, the plans are moving forward for our Memorial Day OPENING and release of the new white wines. For 2016 we returned to Ohio River Valley appellation grapes and added Grand River appellation grapes from our neighbors on the Northcoast.
This year we have six new wines to offer. Traminette (off-dry, residual sugar 1.6%); Seyval Blanc put through malolactic fermentation and aged on Hungarian Oak; Chambourcin Blush; Catawba from Grand River appellation (residual sugar 2.6%); Gruner Veltliner (a new grape for us goes well with savory meals with rich sauces); Two Rivers White which honors both the Ohio River Valley appellation with Traminette blended with Grand River appellation Catawba (residual sugar 2%).
We hope to see you Saturday, May 27 and Monday, May 29 from noon-5:00pm.
Don Bowers and Anna Marie Bowers