Slate Run Vineyard

About

Producing traditional styled wines form grapes grown on the premises plus a very little from another Ohio orchard for our Apple Wine and a vineyard for concord in our non traditional sweet Rurban Red done in old world traditonal styling. In other words our wines (dry or sweet or in between) don't really taste like other Ohio wines. At least that is what I keep hearing from a lot of visitors to the winery.

Location Description

Located in central-Ohio, southeast of Columbus.

Features

  • Specializing in traditional style wines.

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Winemaker

Keith, an avid amateur winemaker since 1981, started planting grapes in 1985 to support his experimental winemaking pursuits. Quickly realizing that he planted too many grapes, Keith started selling them to other amateur winemakers and small wineries. By 1994, facing aging, burnout, and a wife that wanted to see him, Keith came to the realization that opening a winery would allow him to utilize all the skills and education that he developed previously in life.

History

Slate Run Vineyard is a small farm winery that was opened in 1997 by Keith and Leslie Pritchard.

Practices & Techniques

The winery facilities at Slate Run Vineyard were designed by Keith for maximum flexibility. Many lots of wine are produced using barrels and small tanks. The use of variable capacity tanks for odd lot sizes is used extensively. The variable capacity tanks comprise a vat with a lid that will float on the wine. The lid has a bladder similar to a bicycle inner tube that is inflated to provide a tight seal against the wall of the tank. This method eliminates head space in the tank that could lead to deterioration of the wine. These tanks also have a lot of versatility and are used as fermenters, as well as mixing and blending tanks.

White wines are produced by pressing the grapes (after a cold soak) before fermentation, settling the juice, and then discarding the lees, which if fermented will usually cause off flavors. Red wines are fermented on the skins, usually pressed after extended maceration on the skins. This practice although thought to make a wine too tannic, actually after a period of time helps to soften the tannins. The result is that the wine will have more structure (and agability) and still display elegance. The winemaking after fermentation follows a practice of minimal intervention to preserve the fresh flavors. White wines are given a light fining for heat stability and a polish filtration. Red wines are usually unfined and only receive one light polish filtration prior to bottling. The wines get the care Slate Run Vineyard deem necessary to maximize quality in the bottle on your table.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Slate Run Vineyard grows 58 varieties of grapes on 4 acres of vineyard. We have a wide variety of hybrid and Vinifera grapes growing to provide a complex array of flavors to make our proprietary wines. We grow grape varieties hybridized in France (ie.French Hybrids), Germany (at Geisenheim), Hungary, and USA (Cornell & Arkansas). Vinifera varieties have origination in France (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon), in Germany (Riesling, Kerner), and USA (Carmine). We have a unique (and hostile) climate in this area of Ohio. Winters can be very cold and some varieties need winter protection. Summers can be very hot and humid. This requires growing systems that are modified from others to provide the best success. What this means is that Slate Run Vineyard is a winegrower that produces unique proprietary wines.

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Hours

Mon - Sat: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Address

1900 Winchester Southern Rd
Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
United States

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