The vineyard is located approximately four miles north of Powell, Ohio in Liberty Township, Delaware County. The property is six acres and located in what is zoned as FR-1 or agricultural-residential . The property is located in what the Delaware County Soil Conservation District labels as “prime farmland.” The land is relatively level with approximately a 2% grade. A 250 to 300 foot drop in elevation is situated both east and west of the property due to the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers approximately 1.0 and 1.5 miles away, respectively.
There are three types of grapes grown at Soine Vineyards. They are the Vitis Vinifera, Vitis Labrusca, and French-American Hybrids. The vitis vinifera (vinifera) species are the typical European-derived grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The vitis labrusca (labrusca) species are the typical north American grapes such as Niagara and Concord. French-American hybrids are a cross between the two species. Hybrids typically produce a high quality grape while retaining excellent cold-hardiness that is essential for survival in Central Ohio winters.
The following are the types that Soine Vineyards is growing:
Cabernet Franc (vinifera)
Cayuga White (Hybrid)
Seyval Blanc (hybrid)
Vidal Blanc (hybrid)
Landot Noir (hybrid)
Additional vinifera cultivars such as Chardonney, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir are grown locally and may be planted in the future; however, these cultivars are more susceptible to Central Ohio’s winter climate and would be planted in smaller quantities as they require more maintenance.
Hybrids are capable of producing high quality wines while exhibiting excellent cold hardiness. Similarly, additional labrusca cultivars may be planted at some time in the future as they generally produce excellent yields and are very cold hardy. However, the marketability of labrusca varietal wines is relatively low, therefore the demand for these grapes is lacking. Varietal wines such as Catawba, Concord, and Niagara could be produced in high volumes but the public’s association of these grapes with grape juice, jellies, and jams is difficult to overcome when trying to market these as wines.