Raise a drink to the family
(Editor’s note: Today is the second in a series exploring the County Gallia wine region.)
PATRIOT – The land occupied by Twisted Vine Family Vineyard was not intended to be a vineyard. Instead of vines, Bill and Mary Ellen Davis envisioned horses when they bought the property about 16 years ago.
According to Bill, this project didn’t work out for various reasons and he wanted to replace the horses with something as pleasing to the eye.
“The real story of the Twisted Vine family vineyard is that it was accidental,” Bill said. “When the horses weren’t running I wanted something my wife could enjoy seeing when she looked out the window so I decided to plant some vines.
It became a family project when he and his son-in-law, Jessie Collins III, began taking classes in growing grapes, planning to sell them to vineyards. The grapes weren’t selling, so they took some wine-making classes.
They started production in 2008 and were cheered on by compliments from family and friends. Their wine became popular and the purchase requests started to come in, and the rest is history.
The Twisted Vine Family Vineyard is truly a family business: owners Bill and Mary, daughter Laurie and husband Jessie all have a share in the success of the vineyard which makes 16 different wines on site using their own grapes, apples, and grapes. berries, as well as other sources of fruit.
Grandsons Wesley and Nolan Collins also help out in the vineyard when they are not at school. Wesley is currently attending Ohio State University and Nolan is enrolled in Gallia Academy.
Not only does the establishment produce wine, it has become a meeting place for local and national musicians who perform on Saturdays during their opening season. Food from local vendors varies every weekend, and patrons enjoy the outdoor ambiance of the surrounding vineyard and farmhouse in quiet rural Southeast Ohio.
“It’s so calm, on clear nights the stars shine so brightly. The people who come here are wonderful, it’s just magical, ”said Bill. “We invite everyone to sit down, sip, relax and make wonderful memories. We are very proud and excited about how everything went, we want everyone to have a good experience.
According to Bill, what started as a gesture of love with the planting of a few vines has led to a family vineyard built over four generations of land stewardship.
“This cave was really accidental,” Bill said. “It wasn’t our original plan, but we enjoy it so much, from growing grapes, to making wine, to interacting with the people who come to our cellar. We are very happy with how everything went. “
Twisted Vine Family Vineyard is located at 1375 Carter Road Patriot, Ohio. Find them online for updates and more information on https://www.twistedvinefamilyvineyard.com/
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Pictured is a view of Twisted Vine Family Vineyard, located in Patriot.
Looking over the vineyards of Twisted Vine Family Vineyard.
Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.