As a young man, Ken Tarsitano learned from his grandparents the art of home winemaking and the pleasures of growing and creating good food. These lessons turned into a business when Ken acquired his grandfather’s dairy farm in Conneaut in 1996.
Ken planted his first vines of certified organic viniferia in 1998. He opened the winery in 2000, the restaurant in 2004, and started teaching viticulture classes at Kent State Ashtabula in 2008. Ken married Kelly in 2005 and together they manage winery operations.
Today, the Tarsitanos maintain two wineries, the Conneaut establishment and Flagler Beachfront Winery in Florida. Grapes grown at the Ohio location, which now offers a light snack menu and limited hours, produce the wine offered at both locations.
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