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John A. Garrett collection on the Ohio Valley wine district

 Collection — Folder: S3067
Identifier: S3067

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of copies of documents dated from February 1978 to October 1983 regarding the establishment of the Ohio River Valley viticultural area. There are maps, articles, and pieces of correspondence revolving around Garrett and other petitioners and government agencies both state and federal. The chief document is Garrett's petition to the ATF dated May 10, 1982.


  • 1978-1983


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

John A. Garrett ran the Villa Milan Vineyard in Milan, Indiana and was involved in the effort to have the Ohio Rivery Valley recognized as an American viticultural area in the 1980s.

In 1979, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms began the process of establishing American Viticultural Areas. A viticultural area was a delimited grape-growing region distinguishable by geographical features. Use of viticultural area names was intended to help consumers and winegrowers to distinguish a place of origin for wine products. Garrett proposed a 26,000-mile long area along the Ohio River from West Virginia to Indiana that would include Kentucky and Ohio to be designated as one viticultural area. After many letters of support from winegrowers in the region and petitioning through Congress, the ATF declared the Ohio River Valley the 41st and largest viticultural area in the United States in 1983.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from John A. Garrett on 1989/07/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/08/15 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2019/08/15 by Lauren Patton.
John A. Garrett collection on the Ohio Valley wine district
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.