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Resources and Links for Viticulture and Enology

Resources and Links for Viticulture and Enology


KSU Ashtabula Library:

Enology and Viticulture Research and Library Guide
Prepared by our library director at KSU Ashtabula, Amy Thomas, this guide is a great jump-point for students interested in reading or research on viticulture and enology subjects!

Trade and Marketing Organizations:

Ohio Grape Industries Committee
Ohio Department of Agriculture
The Ohio Grape Industries Committee (OGIC) was established by the Ohio General Assembly in order to create viable, income-producing grape enterprises in the state of Ohio by providing marketing and promotion efforts to generate and expand new markets for grapes and grape products and research to improve the quality of grapes and profitability of grape growing as an agri-business.  OGIC offers competitive monetary grants for new vineyard establishment.

Ohio Wine Producers Association
The professional trade, marketing, and lobbying organization for vineyards and wineries in the state of Ohio. Information and support is also offered for new vineyard and winery establishment.

Business Permits, Regulations, Taxation:

Ohio Department of Commerce
Division of Liquor Control
Ohio wine regulations, winery permits:
Ohio Winery Basics:

Ohio Department of Taxation
Alcoholic Beverages
Wine excise taxes, reporting, payment:
General business income tax and sales tax, reporting, payment:

US Department of Treasury
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
Federal winery permits, wine labeling, excise  taxes:

Education, Outreach, Extension:

Kent State University Ashtabula
VESTA Institution, Ashtabula Campus
Offers introductory and advanced viticulture and enology courses via distance and/or on-site education and practical, hands-on training at local vineyards and wineries. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science degree or technical certificate in viticulture and enology.

VESTA National Center of Excellence
The VESTA National Center of Excellence national web site!

 Ohio State University
College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Columbus Campus
Offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Horticulture with specialized training in viticulture.

 Ohio State University Extension Service
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Wooster Campus
Extension and outreach services for Ohio agriculture; viticulture research stations at several locations throughout the state. Advice and recommendation on varieties, vine management, disease control.  Publishes  the renowned Midwest Grape Growers Guide and publishes the Ohio Grape Wine Electronic Newsletter.

Ohio Grape and Wine Conference
Columbus, Ohio
Annual conference sponsored by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee, the Ohio State Extension Service and the Ohio Wine Producers Association, bringing together grape growers and winemakers for technical sessions on issues of importance to the Midwestern grape and wine industry, wine sensory evaluations and tastings, and industry networking and fellowship.

Education Scholarship/Training Resources:

Board of Regents, University System of Ohio
The State of Ohio invests significant resources in a wide array of these programs so that immediate cost-savings are available to University System of Ohio students. Many types of grants and scholarships are available and awarded based on a number of factors including: areas of study (such as teaching, science, engineering, technology, math and medicine), academic merit, financial need, military status, and more.

Ohio Farm Bureau
Scholarships and Grants
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation scholarship programs invite more students from all walks of life to pursue opportunities in agriculture.

Business Planning and Development:

Ohio Business Gateway
The Ohio Business Gateway makes state government agencies accessible to prospective, new or established Ohio businesses in one convenient location. The gateway offers access to over 51 services from 8 state agencies and more than 500 municipalities, including electronic tax filings.

Ohio Department of Development
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division
Small Business Development Centers (41 centers statewide)
Free one-on-one business counseling, Financial projections development, Workshops and training programs, Cash flow analysis, Strategic business planning, Identifying sources of capital, Market feasibility and research, Business assessment valuation, Marketing strategy development, Inventory control assessment.

US Small Business Administration
Local offices in most major Ohio cities
Writing a Business Plan, Establishing a Business, Financial Preparation, Loans, Grants & Funding, Business Law & Regulations

Business Financial Planning and Assistance:

The Ohio Business Lending Clearinghouse
The Ohio Business Lending Clearinghouse is a nonprofit, public-private partnership designed to connect Ohio small businesses who are looking for capital with Ohio financial institutions interested in making loans to qualified businesses.

Ohio Treasurer of State Ag-Link
The Department of Economic Development within the Ohio Treasury administers Ag-LINK. This annual program provides an interest rate reduction on operating loans and lines of credit to Ohio's farming community.

Ohio Treasurer of State GrowNOW
GrowNOW is a partnership between eligible banks and the Ohio Treasury. The program enables small business owners to receive up to a 3% interest rate reduction on new or existing small business loans for two years with the opportunity for renewal.