Chateau Tebeau Winery

Chateau Tebeau

About

Chateau Tebeau’s tasting room, with its bright walls, dark wood, stone chimney, and artwork, is a warm and inviting place. The tasting room is often standing room only. In addition to a tasting bar, the tasting room includes a stage area for live music, tables and chairs, and shelves stocked with wine-related gadgets and gifts. Visitors can sample a flight of six wines for $4 and can take home a keepsake glass for an additional $3. Individual tastes cost 75 cents. Bob and Mary also serve cheese and sausage plates, baked brie, Ciabatta bread, pizza, panini sandwiches, salad, soup, and cheesecake.

Location Description

Located in Sandusky County in the heart of Helena, Ohio.

Features

  • All of our wines are aged in American Oak barrels.

Additional Information

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Winemaker

Bob and Mary make their wine with grapes from their vineyards and with juice from Ohio and New York. They have plans to expand the vineyards and the winery, which now produces about 5,000 gallons of wine a year.

History

Chateau Tebeau Vineyard and Winery was a long time dream for Bob and Mary Tebeau. In the early 1980's Bob used to make wine from home and to put some humor in the process, Bob and Mary made their own label with the name Chateau Tebeau. It had a good ring to it and we all got a good laugh out of it. Before long, circumstances and lifestyle changes lead us to establish the Chateau Tebeau Vineyard and Winery.

The adventure started with the very first planting of vineyards in 2008. In 2009 they began the construction of the tasting room and then opened it to the public on January 9, 2010. It was a quiet, cold day and they were happy to serve the first glasses of wine to all of their neighbors and friends.

Once spring and summer came, visitors soon were able to stroll through the vineyards, smell the flowers, sit by the pond, and simply relax by the fireplace in the tasting room.

By 2012, it was obvious that the winery was in need of major expansion and so the production equipment was moved into a new 60 x 60 facility connected directly behind the winery. This allowed for the old production facility to be converted into an indoor seating area complete with a bar.

Practices & Techniques

Bob uses special enzymes to extract flavor from the fruits he uses for his fruit wines. They also try to be as green and organic as possible.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

When the Tebeau's purchased their 36-acre farm in 1996, they had no idea at the time what fate had in store for this limestone soil.

They realized that this was not prime farmland, but that was not why they bought it. It was love of nature and the rural lifestyle that made this property a great match.

Knowing that grapes love limestone laced soil, it didn't take very long for Bob and Mary to begin start the research to turn this barren land into a productive vineyard and winery.

2008 Planting:

Noiret - We selected this distinctive red grape for its rich color and for the notes of green and black pepper along with raspberry, mint, and blackberry aromas. It was fine tannin structure that is complete from the front of the mouth to the back. We will age this wine in American Oak barrels to bring out the best of the grapes' character.

Traminette - This grape is a fairly new hybrid, but we felt we wanted it in our vineyard. It produces quality white wine with hints of floral and spice aromas with a grapefruit finish. Traminette is made for a sweet or dry finish.

Frontenac - This red grape was picked for it's ability to survive in the winter and for the deep color it produces. As a general rule, flavor and aroma characteristics are dominated by a bold cherry note with lesser hints of black current and general red fruit. Earthy and slight herbaceous notes round the palate, supported by a moderate acid backbone. Frontenac is suited for a sweet, dry, or rose finish and is known for its quality as a port.

Pinot Gris - This grape was placed in our vineyard as a test for growing pure French Varietals. Due to it's sensitivity in the winter, we are not sure how it will due in the harsh Ohio winters. We are happy to report, however that the 2012 vintage is going to be a great one.

2009 Planting

Vignole - This French-American Hybrid was chosen for its versatility. It makes a wine with a sweet and flowery bouquet with a clean crisp pineapple flavor balanced with agreeable acidity. It finishes as an excellent dry, semi-sweet, or even as a dessert wine.

Cabernet Franc - Cab Franc was a must for our vineyard. France has over 35,000 acres planted, by far the mosts of any wine-producing nation. Cab Franc shares many of the same aroma compounds as Cabernet Sauvignon, but with some differences. It tends to have a more pronounced peppery finish with hints of raspberries, violets, and black currants.

2013 Planting

The arrival of 300 Traminette and 300 Cabernet Franc vines this spring means the vineyards will have to be expanded once again.

Awards

Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

-Sweet Cherry - Gold 2014
-Frontenac Desert Wine (Port) - Silver 2014
-Rhubarb - Silver 2014
-Mason Rouge - Double Gold 2013
-Concord/Niagara/Ives Blend
-Traminette - Silver 2013
-Rhubarb - Bronze 2013
-Maison Blanc - Silver 2012
-Cab Franc - Bronze 2012
-Strawberry - Silver 2011
-Maison Melange - Bronze 2011
-Merlot - Bronze 2011
-Peach - Bronze 2011
-Frontenac - Bronze 2010
-Traminette - Bronze 2010

Port Clinton Rotary Wine Festival

-Cherry - 1st Place Specialty Wine 2013
-Traminette Semi-Sweet - 1st Place White Wine 203
-Traminette Semi-Sweet - People's Choice Award 2013

Ohio Wine Competition

-Harvey Schwartz - Concordance Gold 2014
-Frontenac Dessert Wine (Port) - Silver 2014
-Rhubarb - Silver 2014
-Sweet Cherry - Bronze 2014
-Maison Rouge - Silver 2013
-Reisling - Silver 2013
-Cabernet Franc - Bronze 2012
-Rhubarb - Bronze 2012
-Frontenac - Bronze 2011
-Peach - Silver 2010
-Frontenac - Bronze

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee

-Frontenac Dessert Wine (Port) - Ohio Quality Wine 2014
-Frontenac 2013 Vintage (Dry Red) - Ohio Quality Wine 2014

Reviews

1 Review
Sharon Mcgilton
Findlay Ohio
Wonderful

Heartwarming, friendly and very nice people.

January 2017

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Hours

Monday - Closed Tuesday - Wednesday 11 am - 7 pm (May - August) Thursday - Saturday 11 am - 10 pm (May - December) Thursday - Saturday 2pm - 10pm (January - April) Sunday - Closed

Address

525 State Route 635
Helena, Ohio 43435
United States

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