Kinkead Ridge Vineyard Blog
Many people wonder how we came to leave our vineyard in Oregon for southern Ohio. When Ron was looking for a new challenge, we investigated eastern Washington (Walla Walla), southern Oregon, and southern Ohio. At the time, Walla Walla was a redneck backwoods, and I said to Ron, "I can't live here, you can't get a latte!" Look at Walla Walla now! Ron was intrigued for years with the soil in southern Ohio, unglaciated deep limestone, world-class for grape growing. We got on the web and searched Cincinnati, farms, 5 acres or more. The first listing that turned up was 4288 Kinkead Road, a tobacco farm of 126 acres, that had been on and off the market, as the Lawsons couldn't decide whether to sell. I was intrigued with the house, as I had never seen a Gothic Revival home. Three years of searching, with multiple airline trips, and we decided on this site. The soil was acceptable to Ron, and unlike the many derelict homes we had seen on various sites, the house was acceptable to me. This does not imply it didn't need some renovation... the kitchen only had one electrical outlet and no dishwasher! The soils have turned out even better than Ron expected.
When digging perennial beds around the house, it was a twilight zone moment to find a plate fragment, blue on white, with vinifera grapes on it.
The first cover story we got was Ohio Magazine, August 2001, in which Jenny Pavalasek said about Ron: "People think he is either a far-sighted entrepreneur... or completely nuts."
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