Kinkead Ridge
Estate Wines and Vineyard-Designated Wines from the Ohio River Valley
 

Locally grown, regionally respected, internationally known

Winery:
904 Hamburg St., Ripley 45167

(937) 392-6077    FAX  (775) 416-9184

Vineyard:
4288 Kinkead Rd., Ripley 45167

(937) 392-1178    FAX  (775) 416-9184

Mobile: (937) 545-3349

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EXCLUSIVELY VINIFERA and VINEYARD-DESIGNATED WINES             Vineyard Planted 1999             First Vintage 2001
    

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Southwest Ohio Ninth Annual Barrel Tasting  Saturday November 29, 10-6


Open Saturdays 11-5 Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 2014

Due to winter damage, there will be no white wine or red wine from the 2014 vintage. 

Think about stocking up now on the 2013 whites and 2012 reds!
Great wines for holiday gifts! Free gift cards!
For every case purchased on November 29, get a yummy chocolate bar 
and entry into a drawing for a great little snowman!


Our wines are now available in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and elsewhere in Ohio. Serve an American wine for Thanksgiving, an American Holiday!

Kinkead Ridge Winery and Vineyard are for sale, click here

Our award winning wines are available in fine wine stores and restaurants throughout Ohio
and for shipping out of state.     Click below to download a pdf file.

 


 

 

 

 


"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 every sip."
--Wall Street Journal

 

The 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. 

Our 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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ACT GLOBALLY. DRINK LOCALLY.
Wine country is in your own back yard!
 


Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator:

"The 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. 

It's 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. 

Even 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 small igloo."

Note: 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 here

Kinkead 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 here.

 

 

Our award winning wines are available in fine wine stores and restaurants throughout Ohio,

Contact us for a list and for information about shipping out of state.

 

Our Terroir

Picture by Christopher GriffithTerroir, 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
here

"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
 


Ripley, Ohio 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. 

See www.RipleyOhio.net 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 character... these wines are rare."
Dorothy 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."
Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, Wall Street Journal
 
"Too often wines don't taste like they come from somewhere." 
Eric Asimov, New York Times
 
"Winemaking is witchcraft. Sometimes the spells work and sometimes they don't.
There are no recipes." 
Nancy Bentley, Owner, Kinkead Ridge

We are proud our wines reflect our unique terroir.

Proud members of WineAmerica, Ohio Grape Industries Program, and Ohio Proud.
 


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