We established Crooked Tree Vineyard in the spring of 2013 on a 5 acre parcel of land located on the Southeast shore of Kelleys Island, planting Cabernet Franc vines with the incredible help of our friends and family. In 2016, and after three years of nurturing the vines, we harvested our first grapes and distributed them to local Lake Erie-area winemakers. Pleased with the success of our vineyard, we decided to turn our focus to creating red wines that we would enjoy drinking and sharing with friends. Our first two varietals, Cabernet Franc and Raccoon Red, were made from grapes we harvested in November of 2017 and then aged for 18 months. They are both available in our tasting room at Crooked Tree Vineyard and at the Island Market located on the Kelleys Island. If you would like to order wine or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope you have the chance to live out your dream as we are doing!
– Janet and Steve Wermuth
We introduced our 2017 inaugural vintage of Crooked Tree Vineyard Cabernet Franc in honor of our family and friends who worked very hard to help us establish the vineyard. Our Cabernet Franc is dry, red estate wine that boasts a subtle herbaceous character and is produced in-house from our very own grapes.
Those pesky raccoons that call Kelleys Island home have developed a taste for our Cabernet Franc grapes, and let us know when the brix (sugar level) in the grapes is rising by scaling the large deer fence surrounding the vineyard for a meal. We dedicate this wine to the island’s raccoons in hopes that it will appease them for next fall! Our Raccoon Red is a 80/20 blend of Crooked Tree Vineyard's Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin wine produced by Klingshirn Winery in Avon Lake, Ohio. This blend features the herbaceous qualities of the Cabernet Franc augmented with slight fruity accents from the Chambourcin, a wine that will satisfy both red wine fans and those just beginning to develop a palate for red wines.
Our brand new Wildflower White and Four Sisters Red wines will be available soon in our tasting room and on select shelves.
The Tasting Room
Visit our tasting room at the Crooked Tree Vineyard, open Thursday - Saturday from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm., where you can sample and purchase vintage wines produced here at our vineyard on Kelleys Island.