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Recipients of the 2011 Director’s Choice Awards.

Pictured left to right, Representative Casey Kozlowski, Don Woodward (Old Firehouse Winery), Kim Laurello, Larry Laurello (Laurello Vineyards), Director Zehringer, Senator Capri Cafaro, and Jim Arbaczewski (Ferrante Winery & Ristorante)







The Results Are In...


Grand River Valley Golden Bunches Riesling

Wins Prestigious Award...






The Ohio Wine Competition



2010 American Riesling



Grand River Valley Gewurztraminer


Grand River Valley Pink Catawba


Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc Ice Wine


For a full listing of all the awards won by Ferrante Winery at the                                Ohio Wine Competition visit...








The Beverage Testing Institute



Grand River Valley Gewurztraminer


Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc Ice Wine


Grand River Valley Cabernet Franc Ice Wine




Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition




2008 Grand River Valley Golden Bunches Dry Riesling


2008 Grand River Valley Vidal Blanc Ice Wine

*One of Ohio's Treasured Secrets Meant to Be Shared!! Stop in & Pick-Up This Fine Ice Wine- Almost Sold Out.




2008 Signature Series Grand River Valley Gewurztraminer


2009 Grand River Valley Cabernet Franc Ice Wine

* Almost Sold Out!






Ferrante Winery & Ristorante values their commitment as a Corporate Social Responsible company.  During the month of May Ferrante's donated 660 pounds of canned food to the Geneva Food Pantry. Thank you for helping us donate such a generous amount of canned goods to help others!

July Newsletter


REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (June 15, 2011) – Ohio Agriculture Director James Zehringer honored four Ohio Quality Wines as Director’s Choice recipients at an event held at the Statehouse for retailers, distributors, restaurateurs and winery owners.

More than 25 wines were evaluated by a panel of judges, on behalf of Director Zehringer, for the highly coveted award. The 2011 award recipients are:

* White Wine (tie):

2010 Signature Series Golden Bunches Dry Riesling
Ferrante Winery of Geneva, Ohio

Reflections of Lake Erie
Old Firehouse Winery of Geneva, Ohio

* Red Wine:

2010 Cabernet Franc
Valley Vineyards of Morrow, Ohio

* Specialty Wine:

Sweet Genevieve Ice Wine
Laurello Vineyards of Geneva, Ohio

All of the Director’s Choice award recipients have already received the Ohio Quality Wine award designation. It was created in 2007 by the Ohio Grape Industries Committee and is assigned to wines made from at least 90 percent Ohio-grown grapes. These wines must also achieve at least 15 of 20 points on a sensory evaluation and pass a chemical analysis before receiving the quality seal. European vinifera and French American hybrid grapes may be used to make all wine styles, and Labrusca (native grapes) may be used to make fortified wines.

By focusing on wines made from Ohio grapes, the Ohio Quality Wine program will spur the expansion and renovation of Ohio’s vineyards to meet the needs of Ohio winemakers. The program provides four judgings per year to include all possible wine releases. Chemical analysis also sets this quality program apart from others by identifying flaws that can be missed when only sensory testing is used.

The Ohio Grape Industries Committee is housed at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and provides wineries a means to market their top-quality wines against well-known California and European wines. To learn more about the program or for a complete list of Ohio Quality Wines, visit www.tasteohiowines.com.

Ohio’s grape and wine production is an integral component of Ohio’s agriculture industry. It contributes nearly a half billion dollars to Ohio’s economy and accounts for more than 4,100 full-time jobs.

Don't Forget To Vote For Ferrante Winery & Ristorante as "The Best of The Best!" in Northeast Ohio!!!

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Recipe of the Month


Grilled Curried Jumbo Shrimp


1 1/2 pounds jumbo (or extra large) shrimp
4 cloves of garlic
2 small red chilies, chopped
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon curry paste or powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
                                                                                                         1 bottle of Ferrante's Grand River Valley Signature Series Gewurztraminer


Clean and devein the shrimp, leaving the shell on. In a mini food processor, process the garlic and chiles to a coarse paste. Add the sugar and salt and blend to a finer paste.

Stir in the cilantro, curry, and oil. Gently pull open the shell of each shrimp. Divide the paste evenly and push some paste down the back of each shrimp where the vein was and under the shell a bit. Close the shell back up around the shrimp. Let marinate covered in the refrigerator up to 4 hours.

Preheat grill or broiler. Grill the shrimp over a medium-hot fire, until the shells are charred on one side and the shrimp is cooked halfway through, about 3 minutes. Turn and grill the other side.

Served on a bed of mixed greens for a refreshing summertime salad.


Pour a glass of Ferrante’s Award Winning Grand River Valley Gewurztraminer and enjoy!


Serves 4.

Vineyard Updates

     We currently are shoot positioning all Vinifera (Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris etc) into catch wires.  We will be pulling leaves with our Gregore Leaf Puller to remove leaves around the fruit zone to let the sun penetrate the fruiting area for increased sun exposure.  Shoot growth looks normal at this time.  Overall, vine growth is good.

     We recently planted 6 new acres of vineyards; 2 acres of Riesling, 1 ½ acres of Pinot Gris and Cabernet Franc, and 1 acre of Pinot Noir. 

     Next week, we will be putting in the trellises starting with wood and metal posts, end posts, wires and staking roads.


Wines of the Month

  • Our Newest Release...


  • Grand River Valley Cabernet Franc Rosé

  • Our Cabernet Franc Rosé Has Elegant Berry Aromas & Flavors, Finishing Dry With A Long Finish! 

  • The Perfect Summer Time Wine, Pairs Wonderfully With BBQ.

  • On Sale $12.99 carry out wine sales...Limited Time Only!


 2008 Signature Series - Grand River Valley - Gewurztraminer

Spicy Citrus Aroma and Flavor, Floral Notes, Off Dry.  This wine awarded "Best Gewurztraminer" by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine & "Best Overall Wine" at the Ohio Wine Competition in 2010. 

Only $11.99 carry out wine sales...A Savings of $3.00!

* Almost Sold Out...Make Sure To Stock Up Before This Award Winning Vintage Is Gone.


2010 Signature Series - Grand River Valley - Chardonnay

Tank Fermented & Partial Barrel Aging, Aromas Of Pear & Melon With A Buttery Vanilla Finish.

On Sale for $12.99 carry out wine sales...A Savings of $2.00!



Tastings Around Town

Join Ferrante's At Local Tastings This Summer!


North Market food and Ohio Wine Festival

Join us at the North Market food and Ohio Wine Festival on July 8th, 9th, & 10th!!! 

The Food & Ohio Wine Festival will kick-off on Friday night with a special preview party from 7-10 p.m.  

Preview party tickets are $20 and include a souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and a $5 gift certificate to the North Market. 

For additional information or to purchase tickets visit...



Grapes & Ale at Progressive Field Presented by Giant Eagle

Visit us at Progressive Field on Friday July 15th from 6pm-10pm for the Grapes & Ale festival!! 

Experience The Hottest BBQ of the Summer with more than 200 internationally acclaimed wine samplings and The Sauciest Barbeque Restaurants in town which include Bubba’s Q featuring Al “Bubba” Baker, Famous Dave’s, Harry Buffalo, Hot Sauce Williams, Progressive Field, The Strip Steak House and Beckham's B&M Bar-B-Q.


Cleveland Wine Festival at Voinovich Bicentennial Park

A celebration of wine, food, music, and friends! Festival provides guests with an opportunity tosample more than 270 wines from around the world!

Join Ferrante Winery at Voinovich Bicentennial Park on

Friday, July 29th from 4-10pm

Saturday, July 30th from 3-9pm


$27 in advance, $35 at the gate, Designated Driver $10

For general information call 847-382-1480



Upcoming Events

September is the month of Lobster & Leaves!!

Join us on Sunday September 11th, 2011 for our 2nd Annual Lobster & Leaves!! A Three (3) Course Dinner to Toast the Harvest Season!


Join us at Ferrante's on October 2nd or 9th for our 2nd annual                Trolley Tour & Cavatelli Dinner!  Your Afternoon Begins With An Educational Tour To A Select Number Of Ashtabula County's Historic Covered Bridges.  After The Tour Guests Will Finish Their Sunday Afternoon With A Cavatelli Dinner Prepared By Our Famous Chef Nina


Both Events Are Pre-paid Reservations Only.  Seating is Limited.  Contact Alyssa to Make Your Reservation Today!

(440) 466-8466



Be sure to update your calendars for our 2nd Annual Christmas Craft Show in the Vineyards on Sunday November 6th 2011 from 12pm to 6pm.


July Music

Friday July 1st: 4-Kings & Queen

Saturday July 2nd: Day Entertainment- Dennis Ford  

                                        Evening Entertainment-All 4 One Band

Sunday July 3rd: The Light of Day Band

Friday July 8th: Denny R & Smooth Groove

Saturday July 9th: Day Entertainment- Trevor Thompson

                                       Evening Entertainment- Uncharted Course

Sunday July 10th: Stan Miller

Friday July 15th: Larry Smith

Saturday July 16th: Day Entertainment- Tom Todd

                                         Evening Entertainment- Mac & Leigh

Sunday July 17th: 4-Kings & Queen

Friday July 22nd: Uncharted Course

Saturday July 23rd: Day Entertainment- David Young

                                          Evening Entertainment- Larry Smith

Sunday July 24th: Ron Sluga

Friday July 29th: Ramone

Saturday July 30th: Day Entertainment- Timeless Duo

                                          Evening Entertainment- Face Value

Sunday July 31st: Dave Sterner



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

Saturday Afternoon Entertainment  from 1:30p.m.- 5p.m.

Sunday Entertainment from 1:30p.m. 5p.m.


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


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!

July Hours

Tasting Room Hours                                                                                                                  

Monday & Tuesday: 10a.m.-5p.m.                                             

Wednesday & Thursday: 10 a.m.-8p.m.             

Friday & Saturday: 10a.m. - 10p.m.

Sunday: 1p.m. - 6p.m.


Restaurant Hours

Monday & Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday & Thursday: noon-8p.m.

Friday & Saturday: noon-10p.m.

Sunday: 1p.m.-6p.m.


Tours of our State-of-the-Art Facility are available on Saturday & Sunday at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm.

Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day Weekend.

For A Full List Of Our Hours Visit Our Link...





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

5585 State Route 307 (N. River Rd. W.)

Harpersfield Township Geneva, Oh 44041