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Continuing the Fall 2020 Harvest

We’ve been busy here at the Ugly Bunny harvesting grapes for next years vintage. We’ve recently picked our Niagara grapes as well as our Moore’s Diamond Grapes.

Our Niagara grapes are blended with Concord wine to make our popular sweet red, Down the Rabbit Hole. This year our Niagara grapes looked really good.

Our Moore’s Diamond grapes turned out awesome this year. It was the biggest harvest we’ve had for this variety! We are really happy about that. These grapes are what make our Bling! wine.

We’ve been busy and will probably stay busy the next few weeks. It doesn’t seem like the late frost affected us, so we are grateful for that!

By: Tricia Cunningham

It’s That Time of Year Again

It was a great week here at the Ugly Bunny! We started harvesting our Leon Millot grapes. If you live in Ohio and remember the last snow of the season on May 9, and those below freezing temperatures for a few days following, we were definitely a little skeptical about how our crop would hold up. The last two pictures uploaded with this post are from that frost. But we are happy that the Leon Millots held up and they are looking really good!

Our Leon Millot is our dry, red and it is one of our more popular wines. Here’s a little background of this grape variety.

Leon Millot is a dark-skinned French-American hybrid grape variety widely grown in the US and parts of Canada. This grape, created in 1911, was developed at the Oberlin Institute in the Colmar, Alsace area by the famous French viticulturist Eugene Kuhlmann. He crossed the hybrid grape Millardetet Grasset with Goldreisling to get this hybrid. The variety derived its name from the winemaker and tree nursery owner Mr. Leon Millot himself.

Leon Millot ripens early, is blue-skinned, grows with fair vigor, and has high resistance against fungal diseases. It is suited for cultivation in cooler climates. As a wine, Leon Millot is light to medium-bodied with a very deep color and a range of berry aromas.

Next time you’re visiting us, make sure you grab a bottle. If you’e never been here, we highly encourage you to stop by and while you’re here, try our Leon Millot. You won’t regret it!

By: Tricia Cunningham

 

Whats New at The Bunny!

It has been a busy summer here at the Bunny.  Food, Wine, and great entertainment was the perfect combination.  As we are entering the fall, our favorite time of year, we thought we would update everyone on what’s happened and happening.

THE KITCHEN IS OPEN!  Many of you know this already, but back in April we started serving a small menu.  Pizzas, Paninis, and other great stuff.  This has been a great addition to the tasting room.  Now you don’t have to bring food in (although you are still welcome to).

NEW WINES!  We have a few new wines coming out this year.  On the sweeter side, we have Cottontail.  This is a sweet white, similar to a moscato type wine with notes of apricot and a grapey finish.  For the dry people, we will be bringing out Flxi-Red.  The name is a tribute to the Flxible company that made its home in Loudonville from 1913 to 1996.  This is a full bodied dry red with notes of chocolate and cherry. Perfect for a nice cool fall day.

STOP THE PRESSES!  This summer we were lucky enough to have a nice article written about us.  Thanks to Tami Mosser for coming out and talking to us!  You can read it here: https://www.the-daily-record.com/news/20190828/business-is-hopping–ugly-bunny-winery-grows-in-popularity-in-first-two-years?fbclid=IwAR3tTfYzxaXxLwiXm4Il2iNT1tUwcAll7F4k4vmNGGVPXMRFkZOP_PTxZZg

HARVEST UPDATE:  This year was rather disappointing in the vineyard.  Our very narrow rows combined with the large amount of rain in June made for a very tough year.  We got ya covered though.  We are buying plenty of locally grown grapes so we can keep production up.

 

That’s all for now.. Thanks to everyone that has visited and continues to visit.  We will maintain our entertainment schedule all winter so if you get the blues, come out and listen to one of the many local artists we have every Friday and Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s this name all about?

We are often asked “How did  you come up with the name?”.  Ugly Bunny is our actual pet rabbit.  He is a 5 year old,  Lionhead rabbit that we acquired from my sister one day while hanging out on her patio.

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She had just had a litter and most of them were spoken for, except for this little scraggly, runt of the litter.  We already had 3 dogs, a cat, a ball python, a painted turtle, and a bearded dragon so we were not really looking for another pet, but she brought him out and set him on my lap anyway.   Needless to say, we brought him home.

A couple years later, our Loudonville properly came up for sale.  We had picked grapes here before, so we knew the owners. Fabulous people!  We packed up our house in Wooster and headed south.  Once we got moved in,  we were on our way with lots to do.  Buildings to remodel, grapes to take care of, and lots of paperwork to file.

One thing that was nagging us was…we still needed a name.  We opted for “Marsh Vineyards” for the vineyard end of things, but what to call the winery?  There were some ideas like “Marsh Estates” and “Casa del Vino”, and some others that involved Mohican this or that but we needed something fun, so after a few glasses of wine, Ugly Bunny was born.