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The Results Are In & Ferrante Winery Steals GOLD At The 2012 International Eastern Wine Competition!!!


2010 Grand River Valley Cabernet Franc Ice Wine stole DOUBLE GOLD!!!


Gold Medal Winner...

Raspberry Blanc


Other Winners Include;

2010 Grand River Valley Pinot Grigio

2010 Grand River Valley Cabernet Frac

2010 Grand River Valey


2010 Grand River Valley

Golden Bunches

2010 Grand River Valley


2010 Grand River Valley


Reserve Chardonny










































April Newsletter
Spring has sprung at Ferrante Winery & Ristorante!!  Be sure to take advantage of April specials like Wine-E Wednesday, Red & White A Thursday Delight, & our Wine of the Month Specials!

Vineyard Update

Delightfully warm weather, not so great for Ferrante’s grapes

The unseasonably warmer temperatures might wash away those winter blues, but the wine growers of the Grand River Valley fear the worst for their grapes.   “As a vintner I find these early warming temperatures to be extremely challenging.  We are at the mercy of Mother Nature, and have an increase chance of losing crop,” explains Nicholas Ferrante.

With temperature reaching 70 degrees or higher and night time temperatures around 50 degrees, there is an increased chance of early bud break for grapes.  The Lambrusca style grapes will be the first to bud, followed by the Vinifera grapes.  Ferrante’s Lambrusca style grapes are already beginning to swell and with warmer temperatures in the future the increased risk of further maturation is high. 

Being that the Grand River Valley Appellation is a cool climate growing region the wineries deal with the threat of frost every Spring.  Typically, the threat is high up until the end of May.  There are some strategies that are being implemented and others that are simply theories. 

Ferrante Winery relies on their Wind Machines when the threat of frost is high.  These Wind Machines can save 80% of a crop that we might have lost otherwise.  The air temperatures are coldest between 1am and sunrise, so the potential for frost is then highest.  The Wind Machines will circulate the air forcing the warmer air to surround the buds.  This season, the combination of warmer ground temperatures and the force from the Wind Machines will protect the buds or grapes as best possible.  There is no guarantee with the Wind Machines, but there is a better chance of crop survival with them.

Recent studies have discussed the use of soy bean oil to help protect the grapes during unseasonably warmer winter temperatures.  Ferrante winery has experimented with this concept on their French-American hybrid, Vidal Blanc.  There is no scientific proof that the use of soy bean oil will insure a healthy crop, but the hope is still high. 

The 2012 year is creating an added stress on the Wine Growers of the Grand River Valley Appellation, but if the warmer weather continues and the threat of frost remains just a threat, we will have an exceptional crop.  Possibly the best growing season ever!


*Note with increasingly warmer temperatures the increase risk for pest and insects also becomes greater.  The Grape Flea Beetle has been around for years, but they have already been seen in some Kingsville vineyards.  These little pests feed on the swollen grape buds and can wipe out an entire vineyard. To read more about these pesky little bugs go to....


Our April Specials


Wine-E Wednesdays

Join us every Wednesday at the winery & enjoy all wine at carry out price!!! Noon-7pm

Bargin! Bargin! Bargin!!!

*Note: Excludes Sale Priced Wines


Red & White A Thursday Delight!

Enjoy our Award Winning Wine & Featured Appetizers!

Every Thursday from 4p.m til 7p.m.


Appetizer Menu

Please Select Two Appetizers Per Couple


Red & White Salad– Leafy Greens Lavished With Diced Tomatoes, Mozzarella Cheese, Cucumber & Our Romano Crusted Chicken Breast.  Served With Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

Pollo alla BBQ Flatbread- Wonderful Flatbread Brushed With Our Housemade Wine BBQ Sauce Then Piled With Char-Grilled Chicken Strips, Caramelized Onions, & Cheddar Cheese.

White Pizza Sticks With Marinara Sauce- Our Pizza Crust Brushed With Olive Oil, Cracked Black Pepper, Sea Salt & Romano Cheese Then Oven-Baked.  Served With Our Marinara Sauce For Dipping.

Mini Meatball Paninni- Josephine Ferrante’s Famous Mammoth Meatball Stuffed In Our Mini Italian Roll.  Topped With Mozzarella Cheese & Oven-Baked.

Stuffed Eggplant- Lightly Breaded Eggplant Stuffed With Three Cheeses.

Manicotti alla Marinara- Fresh Pasta Filled With A Trio Of Cheeses Then Topped With Our House Marinara Sauce & Baked To Perfection.  Garnished With Romano Cheese.


Please Select 2 Of Our 3 oz Award- Winning Wines Per Person.

Red Wines- Pinot Noir, Vino della Casa Red, Rosato, Rosso, & Celebration Spice.

White Wines- GRV Signature Series Chardonnay, GRV Signature Series Gewurztraminer, Vino della Casa White, American Riesling, GRV Vidal Blanc, Bianco, & White Catawba


$15 – Per Couple, Tax & Gratuity Not Included

Recipe of the Month

Curried Chicken Phyllo Tart


1 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Cooked & Shredded             1 can 8oz. Tomato Sauce

½ Teaspoon Salt                                                                              ½ cup Heavy Cream

½ Teaspoon Pepper                                                                        3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil                                                                   ½ Onion Diced

2 Tablespoons of Curry Powder                                                    2 Garlic Cloves Minced

1 Cup Ferrante Gewurztraminer Wine                                24 Pre-cooked Phyllo Tart Shells

4 Slices of Smoked Mozzarella Cheese Cut Into Small Slices       1 can of Stewed Tomatoes


Mix Shredded Chicken, Curry, Oil In A Large Skillet Over Med-High Heat For Two Minutes.  Stir In Onions & Garlic Cook An Additional Minute.  Pour Gewurztraminer Wine & Heavy Cream, Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce, Brown Sugar, Into pan, Stir To Combine.  Cover and Simmer, Stirring Occasionally.  Cook Time Approximately 20 minutes.   Spoon Into Phyllo Shells.  Then Top With A Piece of Smoked Mozzarella.  Bake For 10 Minutes at 375 Degrees.

Best Paired With A Glass Of Ferrante’s Award Winning Gewurztraminer!


Wine Down Wednesdays with the Akron Aeros

Sample Local Wines at Canal Park!!!!

April 18th, May 2nd, June 6th, June 20th, July 25th, August 8th

                    * 1 Game

                    * 6 Wine Samples

                    * 1 Aeros Souvenir Wine Glass

Only $18!! 

For more information please contact Mitch Cromes (330) 253-5151  ext. 293 or mcromes@akronaeros.com


Upcoming Events

Wine N Bloom

May 4th & 5th and May 11th, & 12th

May is the month for Wine n Bloom Weekends. The wineries along the wines and vines trail in Northeastern Ohio invite you for wine samplings and appetizers. At each stop you will pick up a different Bluestone perennial plants.  The perfect way to start your summer garden!

Tickets are $50 per couple $40 per single.

For tickets and more information please contact Ohio Wine Producers Association at 800-227-6972


Casa Vino Burger Bash

Friday May 25th 2012


Join us on our patio as we kick off the summer with our exquiste wine burgers & live entertainment!




Special Event Information

Looking For The Perfect Place To Host Your Special Event? 

Ferrante Winery & Ristorante Is The Place For You!

We Specialize in Birthday Parties, Bridal/Baby Showers, Retirement Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, or just the perfect setting for your family get-together!    Contact A Member Of Our Event Coordinating Team for More Information!

  * Mention This Newsletter When Booking Your Party & Receive A Special "Host Gift"!! 

Parties Book Fast So Call Today!

April Entertainment

Sunday April 1st: Ron Sluga

Friday April 6th: Stan Miller

Saturday April 7th: Joey Vanilli

Sunday April 8th: Closed.  Happy Easter!

Friday April 13th: Len Thomas

Saturday April 14th: Face Value Duo

Sunday April 15th: Dave Sterner Duo

Friday April 20th: Larry Smith

Saturday April 21st: Uncharted Course

Sunday April 22nd: Stan Miller

Friday April 27th: Tom Todd

Saturday April 28th: Whooz Playin Duo

Sunday April 29th: Trevor


Friday & Saturday Entertainment from 6:00p.m. - 9:30p.m.


Visit our Website at http://ferrantewinery.com/event.htm for a full listing of our Entertainment Schedules.

Don't Forget To Look For Your Favorite Ferrante Wine At Your Local Grocery Store!!!!

5585 North River Rd. West

Geneva, Oh 44041

(440) 466-8466