Dr. Konstantin Frank co-op grape grower, Ohio Wine Hall of Fame, Lake Erie AVA, Conneaut
Viticulture and Oenology
As the two term Governor of Ohio, George Voinovich (1936-2016) created new investment credit programs designed to expand wine/grape acreage in Ohio and increased the actual dollar funding for wine and grape research and marketing.
According to Arnulf Esterer, during these years it was a common occurrence for George Voinovich and his wife Janet Allan to patron Markko Vineyards and other nearby Lake Erie wineries such as Old Firehouse Winery.
Esterer, Arnulf(2016). Memorial Poem for George Voinovich. Markko Vineyard Documents. Paper 33.