At the annual banquet at the Ohio Grape and Wine Conference on Feb. 16, CFAES’s David Scurlock was honored by his peers and inducted into the Ohio Wine Hall of Fame. It’s the highest honor the Ohio wine and grape community can bestow.
David joined the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster in 1980, and for 35 years, his work has played a seminal role in the growth of and success in the grape and wine-grape industry in the state.
When David began his career, fully 90 percent of Ohio’s vineyards were devoted to the traditional native grapes, most being used for juice, with just a small percentage made into regionally popular wines. Over the years much of the original acreage has been converted to hybrids and viniferas that are now producing world-class wines. He has visited scores of potential vineyard sites to help those just getting into the business. He has worked closely with long-established growers and guided their progress. David’s efforts have aided every grower, large or small, new to the business or a veteran in the industry, and he has encouraged all to strive for excellence.—Ohio Wine Producers Association press release