Industry Resources

Quick Links

Trade and Marketing Organizations:

Ohio Grape Industries Committee

Ohio Department of Agriculture

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC) was established by the Ohio General Assembly in order to create viable, income-producing grape enterprises in the state of Ohio by providing marketing and promotion efforts to generate and expand new markets for grapes and grape products and research to improve the quality of grapes and profitability of grape growing as an agri-business.  OGIC offers competitive monetary grants for new vineyard establishment.

Web: Find Ohio Wines

Ohio Wine Producers Association

The professional trade, marketing, and lobbying organization for vineyards and wineries in the state of Ohio. Information and support is also offered for new vineyard and winery establishment.

Web: Ohio Wines

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Business Permits, Regulations, Taxation:

Ohio Department of Commerce

Division of Liquor Control

Ohio wine regulations, winery permits:

Web: Department of Commerce

Ohio Winery Basics

Ohio Department of Taxation

Alcoholic Beverages

Wine excise taxes, reporting, payment:

Web: Ohio's Department of Taxation Alcoholic Beverages

General business income tax and sales tax, reporting, payment:

Web: Ohio Department of Taxation

US Department of Treasury

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

Federal winery permits, wine labeling, excise  taxes:

Web: Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

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Education, Outreach, Extension:

Kent State University Ashtabula

VESTA Institution, Ashtabula Campus

Offers introductory and advanced viticulture and enology courses via distance and/or on-site education and practical, hands-on training at local vineyards and wineries. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree or technical certificate in viticulture and enology.

Web: To Be Determined

VESTA National Center of Excellence

The VESTA National Center of Excellence national web site!

Web: Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA)

Ohio State University

College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), Columbus Campus

Offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Horticulture with specialized training in viticulture.


Ohio State University Extension Service

Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster Campus

Extension and outreach services for Ohio agriculture; viticulture research stations at several locations throughout the state. Advice and recommendation on varieties, vine management, disease control.  Publishes  the renowned Midwest Grape Growers Guide and publishes the Ohio Grape Wine Electronic Newsletter.

Web: OSU Extension Service

Ohio Grape and Wine Conference

Columbus, Ohio

Annual conference sponsored by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee, the Ohio State Extension Service and the Ohio Wine Producers Association, bringing together grape growers and winemakers for technical sessions on issues of importance to the Midwestern grape and wine industry, wine sensory evaluations and tastings, and industry networking and fellowship.

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Education Scholarship/Training Resources:

Ohio Department of Education & Workforce

Board of Regents, University System of Ohio

The State of Ohio invests significant resources in a wide array of these programs so that immediate cost-savings are available to University System of Ohio students. Many types of grants and scholarships are available and awarded based on a number of factors including: areas of study (such as teaching, science, engineering, technology, math and medicine), academic merit, financial need, military status, and more.

Web: Ohio Department of Education & Workforce

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Business Planning and Development:

Ohio Business Gateway

The Ohio Business Gateway makes state government agencies accessible to prospective, new or established Ohio businesses in one convenient location. The gateway offers access to over 51 services from 8 state agencies and more than 500 municipalities, including electronic tax filings.

Web: Ohio Business Gateway

Ohio Department of Development

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division

Small Business Development Centers (41 centers statewide)

Free one-on-one business counseling, Financial projections development, Workshops and training programs, Cash flow analysis, Strategic business planning, Identifying sources of capital, Market feasibility and research, Business assessment valuation, Marketing strategy development, Inventory control assessment.

Web: Development Oho

Web: Entrepreneur Ohio

US Small Business Administration

Local offices in most major Ohio cities

Writing a Business Plan, Establishing a Business, Financial Preparation, Loans, Grants & Funding, Business Law & Regulations

Web: Small Business Administration

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Business Financial Planning and Assistance:

Ohio Treasurer of State Ag-Link

The Department of Economic Development within the Ohio Treasury administers Ag-LINK. This annual program provides an interest rate reduction on operating loans and lines of credit to Ohio's farming community.

Web: Ohio Treasurer of State AG-Link

Ohio Treasurer of State GrowNOW

GrowNOW is a partnership between eligible banks and the Ohio Treasury. The program enables small business owners to receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on new or existing small business loans for two years with the opportunity for renewal.

Web: Ohio Treasurer of State GrowNOW

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