In 1999, we (Brett and Marcia Urian and family) moved to Wooster and repaired the old barn foundation. The crew excavated the entire stone wall foundation, dugout and lowered the barn floor about 2-3 feet, replaced the oak sills on all four sides and then poured four new concrete walls to support the barn. The barn was now safe for another 100-200 years.

We decided to continue the restoration process and possibly use it as a future retail business. We decided on a small winery. It took several additional years of permitting and careful construction of the restrooms and a kitchen to make the barn into a winery. We were fortunate enough to acquire the property across the road to use for wine manufacturing and equipment storage.

Currently, our wines are made across the road using mostly Vinifera grapes.

The original house and the barn are both historic structures. We knew that a portion of the house was very old evidenced by the hand-hewn timber frame beams but we didn’t know exactly how old it was. Nick Wiesenburg of Dendrochronology Services in Wooster dated the beams in the basement of the house to 1834. This date matched the earliest date we could find in the Recorder’s Office for our property.

History

Prior to starting BBW, the owners built the largest environmental remediation and consulting firm in Ohio, BJAAM Environment, Inc. After about 25 years of continual growth, they sold the business to their top-level management. The sale was a complete success and all the parties involved are still very good friends. In fact, BJAAM has continued to grow about 20% per year after the sale in what was expected to be a declining market.

The current owners have lived on the property since 1999 and subsequently opened the winery for business in 2016. Since its inception, the owners have elected not to operate the business full-time. They built BBW with a foundation and infrastructure to expand into almost any winery business model.

Fun Facts & Tidbits

  • All waste water generated by the winery is treated as per Ohio EPA and Wayne County Health Dept. regulations and then recycled upgradient to help water the vineyard.
  • Many of the antique farm tools and implements on display have been purchased at local Amish auctions. The antique winery items are from France.
  • Wooster, Ohio has been selected once again to the 2023 Top Ten Micropolitans by Site Selection magazine.  It’s mixture of culture, schools, industry, and safety makes it one of the most desirable locations to live in the US.
  • We are one of only a few wineries in Ohio to use state-of- the-art Cross Flow sterile filtration equipment.
  • The heavy wooden doors in the formal sitting room were all imported from Italy and are approximately 150 years old.
  • The stained glass windows and the fireplace mantel came from a home in Philadelphia.
  • The front entrance door was designed by Marcia and built by local Amish craftsmen.
  • The water trough in the front yard is supplied with groundwater under artesian pressure. It runs slowly in August but has never run dry.
  • Bald Eagles are seen over head a few times each year. The eagles nest in the nearby Killbuck Nature Reserve.

Location

Blue Barn Winery (BBW) is located at 4407 Columbus Rd., Wooster, Ohio, on a major state highway, Ohio State Route 3, just south of Wooster. It’s located on a Horse Farm in the rolling hills of Wayne County.

Business Models

The owners visited and interviewed numerous large East Coast wineries to help them determine their initial build requirements and business direction.

Current Business

The owners have quickly built BBW into one of the most iconic wineries in Ohio. And they did it as a “seasonal”business, operating only four months per year, three days a week.

Property for Sale

Blue Barn Winery & Vineyard LLC, Blue Barn Acres, LLC, Blue Barn Equipment, LLC, Blue Barn Farm, LLC, Blue Barn IP, LLC, valuable trademarks included.

Sale Conditions

The sale is structured for maximum tax advantages and ease of transfer for both parties. Owners are willing to help teach the Buyers how to operate the winery for a two-year period after the transfer. They are not leaving the area and intend to build a house on a nearby farm.

Sale Advantages

The winery production building is equipped for a ten fold wine production increase over current levels. Music venue capacity can expand to over 2500 guests, at
$20-40 per guest, with minimal modifications.