Estate Wines and Vineyard-Designated Wines from the Ohio
Locally grown, regionally
respected, internationally known
904 Hamburg St., Ripley 45167
(937) 392-6077 FAX
4288 Kinkead Rd., Ripley 45167
(937) 392-1178 FAX (775)
Mobile: (937) 545-3349
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Vineyard Planted 1999
First Vintage 2001
Our wines are now available in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus,
Dayton and elsewhere in Ohio. Serve an American wine for
Thanksgiving, an American Holiday!
Our award winning
wines are available in fine wine stores and restaurants throughout
and for shipping out of state.
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"The real magic and mystery of wine lies in this: that though wine
be grown in innumerable areas, great wines can only be produced in
special places and in minute quantities."
--British author, Alec Waugh
"When it comes to wine, small is beautiful.
Did you know that over 50% of wine sold in the U.S. is made by
just five giant companies? With the sheer volume produced,
quality may be OK, but it's rarely exciting. For wines of
character, seek out smaller estates run by individuals and
families for whom making wine is more than just a living. The
care they lavish on their limited-production wines shows in
--Wall Street Journal
mission of Kinkead Ridge is to produce ultra-premium estate-bottled wine in
Southern Ohio (Ohio River Valley appellation), exclusively vinifera, with great
attention and care paid to cultural practices and classic winemaking techniques.
primary grape varieties are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Viognier, and Riesling. Smaller quantities of Petit Verdot, Roussanne and
Chardonnay fill out the mix.
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Wine country is in your own back yard!
Kramer, Wine Spectator:
truth is that some of wine's most thrilling acts
-- the ones you want to shout about from the
rooftops -- are small scale. They're barely even
commercial. But not to hear of them isn't merely
to miss out on a buying opportunity. Indeed, it
would mean missing out on something more important
yet, because simply knowing that these efforts are
being made in today's hyper-commercialized world
is an inspiration.
all about finding good wines to try. Expensive wine
is easy to buy. Technically good (if boring) wine
is easy to buy. But really good wine is
trickier. Despite the fact that there's more
really good, even great wine today than ever
before, it's paradoxically now more challenging to
land on, like finding a good TV show even though
you've got 400 channels.
Wine Spectator, whose readers can be relied
upon to have more than a passing interest in the
subject, regularly receives complaints after
recommending one wine or another whose total
number of cases made wouldn't suffice to build a
Kinkead Ridge. Case production ranges from fewer
than 100 cases to our largest run ever, the 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon: 377 cases. Miniscule.
Kinkead Ridge Winery and Vineyard
are for sale, click
Ridge featured in internationaly published Opus Vino wine
reference book, in 1000 Great Everyday Wines from the World's
Best Wineries, and Jancis Robinson's American Wines.
A Kinkead Ridge Viognier/Roussanne and Cabernet Franc
were rated as Top 100 Exciting Wine
Finds, international list compiled by Tom Stevenson, British
editor of the New Sothebys Wine Encyclopedia and publisher of
the paperback Wine Report. Ann
Boucher named the 2005 Petit Verdot her 2007 Wine of the Year. Click
Our award winning wines
are available in fine wine stores and restaurants throughout
Contact us for a list and for information
about shipping out of state.
Terroir, loosely defined
as the total natural environment of a viticultural site (there is no exact
translation from the French) is a particular determinant of wine quality. At
Kinkead Ridge, we have the advantage of ancient soils underlain by hundreds of
feet of broken limestone on ridge tops overlooking the Ohio River. We have
excellent exposure and air drainage due to our 450' elevation above and 2 mile
proximity to the river. The modified continental climate offers challenges, but
in a good vintage this site has the potential to make world class wines. Our
location is approximately 60 miles east of Cincinnati. Terroir has also
been defined as "a sense of place." For more about terroir, click
"Rest assured, the quality at
Kinkead Ridge is very high, and I would argue represents the best in Ohio and
possibly the eastern US. I would also add that yes indeed their terroir
is worth expressing! A good sniff and a quick taste will prove that to anyone.
The important thing to me is that these are not wines of ego, rather they are
clearly wines of place. Ron and Nancy have worked hard to clearly express the
virtues of their vineyard, and have given the wine drinking public something
rare indeed… an entirely new wine region, with its own unique combination of
flavors and aromas. To me this is exactly what fine wine is all about."
Click here to read this stunning review.
--Chuck and Ann Boucher, Serendipity Wine Shop, Columbus
There is an interesting article on Terroir
in the New York Times, Talk Dirt to Me. May 2007. Click
Talk Dirt to Me - New York Times
is a 55-acre National
Historic District on the scenic Ohio River located approximately 60 miles east of Cincinnati
along the scenic Ohio River, and approximately 100 miles south of
Columbus. Rich in history, from Tecumseh and the Shawnee to pioneers and
the Civil War, Ripley gained a reputation throughout the United States for
its strong beliefs in the abolition of slavery, and many of its citizens
were active in the Underground Railroad movement.
for things to do in and around Ripley and northern Kentucky.
"Give the little guys a chance. It's hard to be a small producer.
Small producers often offer wines with special individuality and
these wines are rare."
J. Gaiter and John Brecher, Wall Street Journal
"All fine wine should have a sense of place."
"We're partial to wines that are made where
the grapes are grown because they have a sense
of place that we find special."
J. Gaiter and John Brecher, Wall Street Journal
often wines don't taste like they come from somewhere."
New York Times
|"Winemaking is witchcraft. Sometimes the spells work and sometimes they
There are no recipes."
Bentley, Owner, Kinkead Ridge
We are proud our wines reflect our unique terroir.
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