Weymouth Farms & Orchard, Winery, was started by Paul & Brenda O'Neill back in 2006 when they purchased the original Conant Homestead, which dates back prior to 1825. The Conant family traces it's roots back to Roger Conant, the founder of Salem and the first Governor of Massachusetts. Paul is originally from Massachusetts and Brenda grew up in Hinckley. The O'Neill's started by planting Asian pears, apples, and a small quantity of grapes that year. In 2010, Paul started to experiement with the idea of making wine from the Asian pears which were starting to be productive. Having no winemaking experience whatsoever, and no mentor to guide him, Paul enrolled in the on-line Viticulture and Enology Program at UC Davis.
After two grueling years of spending nights and weekends studying and taking examinations, which cut into family time much to the chagrin of Brenda, Paul graduated the certificate program in 2012. Upon graduating, Brenda told Paul, that after all that, "you better make good wine, or else I'm going to kick your butt". Ever since his wife's colorful ultimatum, along with her endless help, we enbarked on the expansion of the property with more planting of grape varieties which were chosen to match our climate and site. The majority of our grape varieties originate from Cornell University, which has been developing "low-spray" grapes which require much less use of pesticides than traditional varieties, but do require much more care during the fermentation process.
Our efforts seem to be producing great grapes and great wine. We don't follow traditional conventions on our winemaking. Our wines are unusual and made from fruits and grape varieties which are typically not found in most outlets. Our fruits are grown in a manner which optimizes sunlight. Our site, which is one of the highest ridges in our area, usually has a breeze when other areas do not. Being higher, our fruit trees and vines awaken from their winter hybernation typically a couple of weeks later than surrounding areas, and ripen later in the year when we get the cycle of hot days and cool nights of Northeastern Ohio. Great wine from great fruit.
We hope you enjoy our Asian pears, apples table grapes, and wine. Feel free to contact us. We are always happy to interact.
Paul and Brenda O'Neill
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Jan 20, 2022
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Weymouth Winery receives medals in 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competiton. - Weymouth Winery was awarded two medals at what is one of the most prestigious wine events in the country. This was the first time Weymouth Winery has competed in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition (SFCWC), and every wine entered received a medal, including Double Gold for our "Autumn Wish" Aromella semi-sweet white, and Silver for our "Black Shadow" Noiret near-dry red blend.
The SFCWC is North America’s most respected and prestigious wine competition, where 48 judges, representing various wine regions, evaluated 5,816 wines from nearly 1000 wineries, all brought together into 100 different wine categories. Each wine is judged and graded, and can earn either no medal, bronze, silver, or gold medal awards. If a wine earns a gold from all three judges on the panel, it earns a double gold award.
Aug 16, 2021
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Weymouth Winery receives medals in the 2021 Ohio Wine Competition - Weymouth Winery was awarded two medals at the 2021 Ohio Wine Competition, which was held on August 3-4, 2021 at Geneva‐on‐the‐Lake, Ohio. This was the first time "Black Shadow", our near-dry Noiret red wine, was able to compete, winning a gold medal. Our "Autumn Wish" Aromella semi-sweet white received a silver medal. Both wines received the OQW quality seal, a special designation reserved for silver and gold medal wines produced from Ohio grown grapes.
The competition is open only to wines produced in Ohio, although some wines are made from grapes from other states such as California and New York. Wines made from out of state grapes are not allowed the OQW seal. All the grapes used in "Black Shadow" and "Autumn Wish" were grown at Weymouth Farms & Orchard, and hand-harvested, crushed, fermented, and bottled at the farm.