"...Vinoklet snags two top awards..."

Updated: Jul 4, 2019

Ohio Wine Competition 2019

Kreso Mikulic (Owner of Vinoklet Winery) has been working in a vineyard since he was 5 years old, so at 85 years old with 80 years of experience, he is no stranger to making good wine. Mikulic has been noted as saying that he doesn’t claim to make the best wine, just that it’s drinkable.

Well, that may be the case but we are so excited to announce the “Best of Show” winners from this year’s competition includes two of Mikulic’s 13 wines as “Best of Show”

Sweet Jackie = Best Berry Wine in Ohio "Best of Show"

Passion = Best Dessert Wine in Ohio "Best of Show"

Since 1985 the Ohio Wine Competition at Kent State University has shown the spotlight on many local wines produced throughout Ohio, with Vinoklet Winery being one of them. Today, Ohio has approximately 320 wineries with applications for 20 more wineries in the works and, according to http://www.findohiowines.com/,

Mike DeWine (Governer) Kreso Mikulic (WineMaster) Jim Black (Mikulic's Son n Law)
Mike DeWine (Governer) Kreso Mikulic (WineMaster) Jim Black (Mikulic's Son in Law)

Ohio has a much longer history of producing wine than just 1985, in fact it goes back to the early 1800s, as noted in the article below about the History of Wine in Ohio written by “FindOhioWines.Com”.

With so much history of wine in Ohio, it’s no wonder that so many fantastic wines can come from this region of the country. One of those Vineyards that consistently produces quality wine is Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant located in Colerain, Cincinnati Ohio.

We congratulate everyone who received a medal in the show, as well as to the following 2019

Best of Show Award-Winners:

  • Best of Show Fruit/Specialty Wine: Vinoklet Winery, “Sweet Jackie”, Blackberry, Non‐vintage, American

  • Best of Show Dessert Wine: Vinoklet Winery, “Passion”, Blueberry, Non‐vintage, American

  • Overall Best of Show/Best of Ohio: Ferrante Winery, Gewurztraminer, 2017, Grand River Valley Best of Show/Best of Ohio White Wine: Ferrante Winery, Signature Series Riesling, 2017, Grand River Valley

  • Best of Show/Best of Ohio Red Wine: Laurentia Vineyard and Winery, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Stoltz Block, 2016, Grand River Valley

  • Best of Show Blush/Rosé Wine: Heineman Winery, Pink Catawba, Non‐vintage, Lake Erie

  • Best of Show/Best of Ohio Ice Wine: Gervasi Vineyard, “Sognata”, Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, Non‐vintage, American

[Above] Kreso Mikulic / Wine Master Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant
[Above] Kreso Mikulic / Wine Master Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant

Best of Ohio” designation was awarded to the “Best of Show” wines that were made from a minimum of 90% Ohio‐grown American/Labrusca, Hybrid and Vinifera grape varieties, and have received the Ohio Quality Wine seal designation.”

Mark Fisher* from Dayton.Com says, “Ferrante Winery captures ‘Best of Show’ and ‘Best White’ while Vinoklet snags two top awards for fruit wines”

Then goes onto say, “Southwest Ohio was well-represented in the winner’s circle by Vinoklet Winery in Cincinnati, which captured the top prize for “Fruit/Specialty Wines” for its “Sweet Jackie” Blackberry wine, and for top Dessert/Fortified Wine for its “Passion” sweet Blueberry wine. “

This year Vinoklet is very proud to have produced two “Best of Show” wines, and has won best of show in previous years as well in the same competition with Sweet Jackie winning the “Best of Show” with best berry wine in 2018, Brother Joe winning “Best of Show” dry red in 2015, and Traminette back in 2012. While Mikulic’s wines have won many medals over the years, we are especially proud of our double gold winners.

Kreso is known for saying “Don’t judge our wine by description, Judge it by taste. You are the ultimate Judge”, but it’s still nice to have someone else give confirmation of quality wine that was won as a result of hard work and experience by awarding a few medals here and there. While Kreso is in his mid 80s, he is often found working in the vineyard & winery on a daily basis so each of the wines produced at the winery are a result of his passion, dedication, and focus on producing local quality wine.

History of Ohio Wines.

FindOhioWines.com Says “Ohio has a long tradition of growing flavorful grapes that produce quality wines. It first began in the early 1800s when Nicholas Longworth, a pioneer in the commercial wine industry, planted Catawba grapes in Cincinnati above the Ohio River. Unlike the stronger-tasting wines of that era, Longworth’s Catawba grapes produced a semi-sweet wine that quickly won the praises of consumers. His initiatives proved so successful, that by 1859, Ohio had become the leading producer of wine, boasting more than 3,000 acres of grapes along the river between Cincinnati and Ripley, Ohio.

But by the late 1860s, when crop disease destroyed grapes and the Civil War reduced the labor force, winemaking in southern Ohio was virtually non-existent. However, German immigrants brought their traditions of winemaking to the Lake Erie Islands in northern Ohio. This area’s unique climate and its surrounding waters were ideal for growing grapes, and wine production prospered once again.

By the turn of the century, dozens of wineries inhabited the islands of Lake Erie, and thousands of gallons of wine were produced in this area. Its reputation for flavorful wines led to the addition of more vineyards along the entire southern shore of Lake Erie, which soon became known as the “Lake Erie Grape Belt.”