State Map of Vineyards and Wineries in Oklahoma

Check out the Web Atlas of Oklahoma!

The section linked below maps wineries and vineyards throught Oklahoma and even links to some Oklahoma winery and vineyard websites.
Vineyards and Wineries of Oklahoma
Other maps of interest include political maps, economic, terrain maps even a deer harvest map all created just for the Sooner State!

Development and maintenance of the Web Atlas of Oklahoma was made possible through the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY'S OKLAHOMA GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION FUND,
The Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association has created a similar Oklahoma winery map.

Both are nice efforts, though I still long for the day we have one map site that can get you all of the driving direction you need to hit several Oklahoma wineries in a single trip.
These maps are very helpful as they show you which ones are close enough to another to create your own custom wine trail road trip.

Visit the Vineyards and Wineries of Oklahoma Web Atlas page


Learning How Wine Fights Cancer

New discoveries show a possible mechanism for the anti-cancer activity of a compound found in red wine widely reported to provide its known health benefits.

The discovery has important implications for increasing the effectiveness of cancer therapy, with some clinical trials using resveratrol already showing encouraging results.
But it could also explain how resveratrol helps to control atherosclerosis, heart disease, arthritis, and autoimmune disorders, say the researchers.

Marty Mayo, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular genetics at the University of Virginia, and his team report that the compound helps to starve cancer cells by inhibiting the action of a key protein that feeds them. The protein, called nuclear factor- kappa B (NF-kB), is found in the nucleus of all cells and activates genes responsible for cell survival.

Check out the whole story from: Beverage Daily - Researchers discover why wine antioxidant kills cancer


Small Business Trends Weblog Mentions Oklahoma Wine News

Blogging for Wine Tourists
Anita Campbell's insightful weblog Small Business Trends is an invaluable resource for family wineries in Oklahoma. I visit it regularly to keep up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies that are available to help small businesses compete. Case in point, her recent article on blogging for agritourism.

Agritourism businesses have also discovered the benefits of blogging. For instance, one of the blogs I link to here, the Oklahoma Wine News blog, is written by the folks at Nuyaka Creek Winery. It contains all sorts of interesting links and information about wineries, wine tastings, festivals, local bed-and-breakfasts -- everything a visitor might need to know.

Oklahoma's emerging wine industry in not merely a beverage manufacturing industry. If it were, there would be little hope for family wineries vineyards in Oklahoma to survive in a Gallo-dominated market. However, the real business model is one of tourism, not manufacturing. This is why we are going to be seeing more and more web sites and blogs maintained by the families that own Oklahoma wineries. It is simply the fastest, cheapest way to get the word out and attract new business.

Small Business Trends - Agritourism discovers the benefits of blogging.


Supreme Court to Rule on Wine Shipments Across State Lines

The Supreme Court - It's Not Just for Choosing Presidents Anymore
The Supreme Court today agreed to decide whether states can ban direct shipments of wine to consumers from out-of-state wineries. Acting on cases from Michigan and New York, the justices will try to resolve conflicting appeals court rulings on state bans on such shipments. In one case, a U.S. appeals court struck down Michigan's direct shipment ban. But a different appeals court upheld New York's ban. Thirty-six states had asked the Supreme Court to settle the issue, the Associated Press reported. At issue is the system of alcohol distribution under which out-of-state wine producers may sell only to wholesalers, who distribute to retailers, who in turn sell to consumers. About half of the states prohibit direct shipments to consumers. States argue that the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, gave states the power to regulate the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages.
WINE SHIPMENT News from Designs on You

Afghanistan's Grapes of Wealth

The contract includes $6 million in federal funds and $4 million in matching grants. A total of $870,000 will go to UC Davis for a variety of activities including training, establishment of vineyard nurseries and development of marketing centers.

New $10 Million Initiative Replaces Mines With Vines in Afghanistan


Seven Oklahoma Wineries Attending Claremore Festival June 5

Swing, Sip & Savor Claremore on Saturday June 5
The Claremore Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Main Street are partnering together for an entertaining fund-raiser with a unique taste of Oklahoma on Saturday, June 5 at the Claremore Expo Center, 400 Veterans Parkway. It will be Claremore's kick-off event for the Route 66 International Festival.

Participating wineries are:
Cabin Creek Vineyard, Big Cabin,
Tres Suenos Vineyards & Winery of Luther,
Sparks Winery, Sparks,
Natura Winery of Beggs,
Moonfeathers Winery of Guthrie,
Tidal School Vineyards of Drumright,
Summerside Vineyards & Inn of Vinita
and the Redland Juice Company of Lexington.

These Oklahoma Grape Growers and Wine Makers Association wineries will be offering tastes of their products and event attendees will have the opportunity to choose their favorite vintage for take-home purchase.

General admission tickets are available for $12.50 in advance, $15.00 at the door which includes the wine tasting, music and general seating from 7-9 p.m.

VIP tickets are $30. They include a private reception, hors d'oeuvres and reserved table seating.
The first 200 will receive a commemorative tasting glass and pin. Hours are 6 - 9 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will be used to enhance the downtown streetscape project and a matching grant for building renovation.

Swing, Sip & Savor Saturday June 5 in Claremore

Drumright Wine Fest Featured Wineries List

Saturday June 12 Noon to 6pm
The 2nd Annual Drumright Wine Fest will feature 5 great Oklahoma wineries offering free samples and full bottles for purchase.

Oklahoma Wineries Attending 2004 Wine Fest:

  • Tidal School Vineyards & Winery - Drumright's own, featuring three sweet wines and three dry wines.

  • Tres Suenos Vineyards & Winery - A 3 thousand vine operation near Luther, Oklahoma.

  • Moonfeathers Winery - Located in historic Guthrie, Oklahoma and offering seven varieties of Oklahoma wines.

  • Nuyaka Creek Winery - An Oklahoma winery so hard to find, you should leap at this chance to taste their wines without using a guide or compass!

  • Natura Winery - Located near Beggs, Oklahoma Natura offers eight varieties of wine, light snacks and is just a short drive from Nuyaka Creek Winery

Not only will there be loads of great Okjlahoma wine to taste and take home, but check out the music:

  • Mark Bruner, Shelby Eicher & Molly Colvard

  • Jumbo Shrimp

  • Amanda Cunningham

Plus trolley tours, gourmet cheeses, photography, pottery, fine art, and free parking. Ticket prices are $10.50 in advance for Adult Tasters and $12 at the gate. Ages 13-20 and non-tasters $8 and children 12 and younger are free. Bring your chairs and balnkets, but no ice chests or pets please.

To find out more email drumrightwinefest@earthlink.net or phone 918-352-2204.
Oklahoma Wine News - Your source for Sooner State wine tasting events.


Governor Congratulates Tidal School Vineyards

Two Grand Openings For New Oklahoma Wine Facilities
It's turning into a banner year for Sooner State Vintners.

I want to congratulate the Tidal School Vineyards and Winery upon the completion of its two-year renovation. This project marks a win-win for both the Vineyards and all of Oklahoma. Located inside the historic Tidal School building, this beautiful facility provides adults with a unique wine-tasting experience and is certain to be a wonderful tourist destination for both Oklahomans and out-of-state residents. -- Governor Brad Henry

Richard and Rose Kennedy of Tres Suenos Vineyard & Winery at Luther, Oklahoma also celebrated major improvements to their operation with a Grand Opening. According to Charlie from VinoGlo a beautiful day, good wine and food a plenty... made the event a wonderful success.


Cache Road Liquor Celebrates 31 Years in Lawton May 20, 2004

Cache Road Liquor & Wine Anniversary Party

Time: 5 PM to 7 PM Thursday May 20, 2004
Location: Under the Big Top at Cache Roads Liquor Store in Lawton, Oklahoma.
Point of Contact: JP Richard
Phone #: 580-355-7451
Email: jp@sirinet.net

For the second year Cache Road Liquor & Wine will have all the Oklahoma Vendors under the Big Top for a wine and beer tasting. Chefs Robert, Heather, & Randy will have hamburgers and ribs. Lex Hazlwood a.k.a Boswell & the Bush Pilots will provide the entertainment for the eventing. Buy a few Oklahoma-made wines while you are there!

There is no charge for the tasting, but reservations and a $10 fee will be required for the dinner.

All attendees MUST have an invitation. For those already on our mailing list, the email notification for this event you received counts as your invitation, print it out and bring it with you. For all others, please email us and we will send you an invitation.

Note on Parking: Please park in the empty lots on Oak just south of Ryan's Steakhouse.
Cache Road Liquor & Wine Anniversary Party May 20, 2004

Summerside Vineyards in Vinita Attending Tulsa's Route 66 Festival

Tulsa's Route 66 Festival 2004
Summerside Vineyards in Vinita will be pouring tastings and their excellent Oklahoma wines at this great celebration of America's 'Mother Road'.

LOCATION: Historic Brady Village off I-244 and Archer between
Denver and Cincinnati just north of downtown Tulsa

Thursday, June 10 - 4 pm - 11 pm
Friday, June 11 - 10 am - 11 pm
Saturday, June 12 - 10 am - 11 pm
Sunday, June 13 - 10 am - 4 pm

Tulsa Route 66 Festival

Nuyaka Creek Winery Veterans Special

This Memorial Day weekend Nuyaka Creek Winery for America's veterans.

Visit Nuyaka Creek Winery on Memorial Day weekend and then show us you are a U.S. Veteran. You will get a free gift of a Nuyaka Creek Winery ballcap with your wine purchase!

May 21 is the birthdays of Dianne Jones (owner) and the Apple of her Eye...her grandson Dylan Jones.
A few local kids will be gathered together having a good time and tasting some Oklahoma-made grape juice from Redland Juice Company in Lexington, Oklahoma. If you have any kids with you when you stop by, feel free to encourage them to join in the festivities. No presents or RSVP's needed.

Oklahoma Wine News


Three Oklahoma Wineries at Italian Festival in McAlester May 29th and 30th

If you prefer your Oklahoma wine tasting with 1,000 pounds of meatballs...get ready!
The annual Italian Festival in McAlester has long been a favorite for Okies in the know, this 34th year is expected to be better than ever. Thousands of visitors turn out to Pittsburg County Expo Center for the two-day event.

This will be the first year that Oklahoma wineries will be pouring tastings and selling their Oklahoma wines to the public. Give 'em a try!
Three Sooner State wineries have signed up so far!

Don't miss the most exciting weekend of Spring in the rolling hills of beautiful southeastern Oklahoma - only a pleasant May drive from Tulsa or Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, Fort Smith or Little Rock in Arkansas, Dallas or Fort Worth in Texas! Come join the fun as we celebrate and honour the living heritage of the many Italian families of the McAlester area in the heartland of America - you'll be glad you did!

34th Annual Italian Festival in McAlester, Oklahoma May 29th & 30th 2004


Sparks Winery at Two Festivals May 15

The folks at Sparks Vineyards and Winery have a busy weekend planned. You can find them at two events this weekend.

National Indian Taco Championships
Time: May 15, 2004. Saturday all day (9 am to ?).
Place: Pawhuska, highway 60 & Lynn Ave. at the Pawhuska Cultural Park.
Contact: 918-287-1208, pawhuskachamber@sbcglobal.net

The 2nd Annual Westlake Wine & Cheese Festival
Time: May 15, 2004. Saturday 10 am till dark.
Place: Westlake Recreation Area, 2 miles west of Lahoma.
Contact: 580-796-2403, www.westlakerecreation.com

You can check out their wine list and see more events on their newly updated home page at Sparks Vineyard and Winery


Simply Oklahoma - Benefit for Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa

May 21, 2004 at Harwelden Mansion Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa will present Simply Oklahoma
A gala wine, cheese, food, arts and entertainment benefit to support arts education programs throughout Oklahoma. Nuyaka Creek Winery will be pouring tastings and selling a few original Made-in-Oklahoma wines.

6:30pm - 9pm at Harwelden Mansion
2210 South Main Tulsa, OK
For more information contact: Kathy McRuiz 918.584.3333, x12

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa Special Events page

Oklahoma Producers Dinner Serves California Wines

IMAGINE this: a dinner at which you can enjoy some of the foods being grown and raised here in Oklahoma.

The concept of presenting springtime and autumn Oklahoma Producers Dinners was created by chef Kurt Fleischfresser and partner Chris Lower at The Coach House two years ago. The menus traditionally highlight the foods of Oklahoma that Fleischfresser uses on his daily menus at the Nichols Hills restaurant as well as at sister restaurants The Metro and Irma's Burger Shack.

For this spring producers' dinner, at least eight Oklahoma family-owned operations provided food served during the four-course evening meal. Several of the producers were present at the dinner to answer questions about their food operations.

...Wines included a 1999 Trellis Chardonnay from Sonoma, Calif., and a 1998 Miner Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Calif.

Events like this are great for the Oklahoma economy and fun for Oklahoma consumers. So far, cooperation between Oklahoma's wineries and Oklahoma's restaurants has been very limited. Hopefully, future Oklahoma Producer Dinners will include some Oklahoma wines

Diners meet state producers at showcase dinner - NewsOK.com


Wine Grape Canopy Management Article

Winemakers usually say that grape quality is the number one component in making great wines. One way to influence grape quality is for growers to embrace canopy management (CM) practices.

The most noted book on wine grape canopy management, Sunlight into Wine by Dr. Richard Smart, can be quite hard to find. Luckily, you can find some great infomration on the web. Below is a quote from an excellent article on wine grape canopy management from the Illinois Fruit & Vegetable News Vol. 6 No. 1.

Cluster thinning is a MUST for some peculiar varieties that have very fruitful primary buds and tend to produce 3 clusters per shoot. Examples include Seyval, Chancellor, Vidal, and Chambourcin. Among these varieties, some also have fruitful secondary and base buds, which in turn produce several clusters per shoot. Seyval and Chancellor are good examples. These 2 varieties still produce a normal crop after losing their primary buds to cold injury. Other varieties, however, do not require cluster thinning. Examples include Chardonel, Traminette, Norton (Cynthiana), Vignoles, and Frontenac.

It would appear that Illinois wine grape growers depend on their local extension offices as much as we do in Oklahoma. Check out the whole article here:
Wine Grape Canopy Management Article in Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News - Vol. 6 No. 1

Attack Your Next Buffet with Both Hands!

The bad weather that reduced turnout at the Nuyaka Creek Winery Spring WineFest has resulted in surplus savings for Oklahoma wine lovers! While supplies last, VineByDesign is offering
Oklahoma Wine Country Wine Glass Holders
I always keep a few around the house for cookouts and wine tasting events.

You will love having your wine glass securely suspended from a lanyard around your neck, leaving both hands free to attack the buffet!
Each one says Oklahoma Wine Country on the front and list a URL on the side that provides links to Oklahoma wineries all over the state.

Grab one today and show your support for the Oklahoma wine industry.
VineByDesign.com - Web Sites for Oklahoma Wineries.


Grand Opening of Tidal School Vineyards May 21

Winery Opening
Come celebrate the Grand Opening of an Oklahoma winery located in the historic and newly restored Tidal School building in Drumright.

Expect great food, music and fun events all weekend long!

Tidal School Vineyards - Grand Opening May 21, 2004

For Mother's Day this Sunday, Mom will enjoy a free Chocolate Truffle along with her wine tasting on her special day in addition to Tidal School's daily gourmet snack specials.


A Chilly Spring Festival for Nuyaka Creek

The last cold spell of Spring drastically reduced attendence at this year's Nuyaka Creek WineFest. Thanks to all of you who did brave dire forecasts to celebrate with us! Many new vendors made it this year and a new band... The Flashbacks. 2004 Oklahoma Spring Wine Festival pictures are here!

Due to the low turnout, there are still some fine rooted Merlot grape vines for sale. These premium cuttings are leafing out nicely now. Bring Mom by the winery this Sunday for a Mother's Day treat and grab yourself the makings of a backyard vineyard while you are here.

Those attending got to enjoy some great gourmet cheeses imported to Oklahoma by Council Creek Cheese. I could not resist taking home a wonderfully creamy, soft, goat's milk cheese called Dorathea and a wedge of Spanish Malagon with Rosemary. We stoked up a comforting fire, poured 30 different wines and enjoyed what turned out to be a pretty nice day despite the grim forecasts. Hope to see you all at this Fall's wine festival September 18, 2004.

Oklahoma Wine News - Wine Tasting Events for the Sooner State.


Sangria Party at Natura Vineyards May 15

Come help Natura Vineyards and Winery celebrate their newest release... Sangria!
Expect a fun and delicious Mexican-style snack buffet along with a tasting of our Sangria and all the other wines. Live musical entertainment will fill the air and fun will be had by all.

Saturday, May 15 from 7-9pm
$18.00 per person
Please call the winery for reservations By Thursday, May 13
Natura Winery: 756-9463
Natura Vineyards and Winery


Westlake Made-in-Oklahoma Wine Festival May 15

Oklahoma Wine and Cheeses at Westlake Recreation Area
May 15, 2004 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (at the earliest)

The Westlake Recreation Area is 2 miles West of Lahoma or 10 minutes West of Enid.

Come spend the day tasting wines and cheeses from several sources. See other products from a variety of unique Oklahoma businesses.
Try to visit each participating Oklahoma winery's booth, at your leisure, sometime during the day. They will be glad to share with you information about their winery and their particular selection of wines. Recent changes in Oklahoma law make it legal to buy wine directly from the participants at the festival.

The number of the Made in Oklahoma vendors planning to attend is still increasing. We hope to have many with a wide variety of MIO products here. Please visit them as well throughout the day $5.00 at the gate for the whole day.
Changes in Oklahoma law provide that, starting on November 1, 2003, unopened bottles of wine can be purchased at wine festivals.

For more information about the Festival call:
Earl Ehlers at 580-796-2403 or Terry & Jenny Lewis at 580-883-4919
More information is also available on the web at www.westlakerecreation.com or www.indiancreekvillage.com

Westlake Recreation Area Oklahoma Wine Festival May 15, 2004


The Blue Dome Arts Festival May 14, 15 and 16 in Tulsa

Tulsa Artists Festival 2004
Just a few block from MayFest you will find an Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa event open to all Tulsa artists. Visitors making their way to downtown Tulsa's Blue Dome area will find a diverse selection of work from local artists and maybe even a taste or two of Oklahoma wines.
Interested in exhiting your own work? The event is open to all Tulsa artists. There will be no entry fee, or jurying, you just show up ready to display and sell your artwork, and bring something yummy to eat for the Friday evening opening.

1st Street between Detroit and Elgin
Friday 6pm to 9pm
Saturday 10am to 8pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm
For more information, or questions, email to - clayworlds@aol.com