The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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November 3, 2013

National Fame

Geneva ranks MSNBC’s top 10 places to live in wine country

Ohio wines — particularly in the Grand River Valley — are gaining national fame as MSNBC recently listed Geneva as one of it’s top 10 off-the-beaten-path places to live if you love wine and want to live in a good school district.

The article, publish online, tells a little history of the little town by the lake and goes on to talk about the grapes that have put Geneva on the map.

“Today, 20 wineries operate in the area, with more expected to open next spring,” the article reads.

“Just in time for the fall harvest, we found 10 towns and cities from Oregon to New York, where you can live near where wine is grown and made,” it says.

The article lists Geneva in the top 10 places to live near wineries and vineyards, along with Jefferson City, Mo., Ithaca, NY, Leesburg, Va., Woodinville, Wash., Portland, Ore., Johnson City, Texas, Clemmons, N.C., Southould, N.Y., and Boise, Idaho.

Donniella Winchelll, director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association, said the article says what Geneva residents already know.

“It says that this is a great place to live and work and raise children and have a fantastic bottle of wine,” she said. “We already know that, but now the rest of the world knows it, too.”

Since the article’s release, Winchell has fielded more than 500 calls, emails, Facebook posts and telephone calls about local wineries, attractions and accommodations.

The review on MSNBC continues to heap praise on the area, “If you’re a wine lover and you want to live close to where good wine is made, if you want a good job, too, and schools to send your kids.”

It even compares Geneva to California and France.

“These days, you don’t have to live in California or France to be near good wine. You’ve got lots of options given that wine is made in all 50 states. The nation’s varied wine regions aren’t household names. Instead, they’re places such as Leesburg, Va., or Woodinville, Wash.”

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