In 1972, two generations of the Debevc family opened a winery in Madison on crop land acquired by Anton Debevc, a Yugoslavian immigrant, in 1916. The winery was originally named Chalet Debonné because of the Swiss Chalet style of the first winery, which was built from the wood of the family’s farm buildings.
The winery has grown significantly from its humble beginnings. Today, the family and staff tend to over 175 plus acres of vines and produce over 85,000 gallons of wine each year. The winery is known for its Riesling and ice wine. It is the largest estate winery in Ohio and in 2008, it became the first winery in the state to open a microbrewery.
Ohio Wine Hall of Fame, winery, Lake Erie AVA, Grand River AVA, Madison