Oklahoma Wine Trails Created To Boost Tourism - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

Oklahoma Wine Trails Created To Boost Tourism

Posted: Updated:
The Oklahoma Wine Trail highlights 31 wineries on 10 different trails. The Oklahoma Wine Trail highlights 31 wineries on 10 different trails.
Jamie Cummings with the Oklahoma Agri-Tourism Association said in the past 14 years, the number of wineries has grown from just a few to 61, with approximately 600 acres of grapes currently growing across the state. Jamie Cummings with the Oklahoma Agri-Tourism Association said in the past 14 years, the number of wineries has grown from just a few to 61, with approximately 600 acres of grapes currently growing across the state.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

Oklahoma is home to many things, but wine? It's true. Oklahoma actually has the ideal combination of weather and soil for growing grapes, and it has created a recent boom in the number of vineyards and wineries across the state. However, winemakers say certain state laws are stunting the growth of the budding grape industry. 

Canadian River Vineyard and Winery is only 14 years old but considered one of the oldest vineyards in the state. Winemaker Gene Clifton once lived on a grape ranch in California and knows a good grape when he sees it.

"You can see, the grapes, I mean, they're loaded," Clifton said.

Clifton's vineyard is in Lexington, Okla. He says it's a young industry here in Oklahoma but quickly taking root. In fact, Jamie Cummings with the Oklahoma Agri-Tourism Association said in the past 14 years, the number of wineries has grown from just a few to 61, with approximately 600 acres of grapes currently growing across the state. 

So much growth, the association launched the Oklahoma Wine Trail to highlight 31 wineries on 10 different trails.

More Information on the Oklahoma Wine Trail

Each vineyard and winery is unique, like at Clauren Ridge in Edmond, where you can have a tasting in the rustic Italian tasting room and then head down for a tour of the barrel room and wine cave.

"The whole idea for me was kind of create an environment that basically exuded relaxation," said Thomas Ingmire with the Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery.

Ingmire has roughly five acres of grapes at his vineyard and produces a variety of reds and whites, but Thomas and Gene agree they would like to see some changes in Oklahoma laws they feel are holding them back.

"If you call and give me your credit card and you want me to send you a case of wine to Lawton, I can't do that," Clifton said.

That's because state law doesn't allow local wineries to ship within the state, and with no wine sold in grocery stores, distribution is limited to liquor stores. 

Ingmire said he believes that support will shift in their direction soon.

"If it takes them a little time to come the full distance, to be more liberalized in their distribution laws, we just have to be patient," Ingmire said.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Classifieds

Use our free classifieds to find the things you need or sell your items.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

ESP Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.