Come summertime, the Grove City town center will welcome its very first winery.

Come summertime, the Grove City town center will welcome its very first winery.

Dave and Diane Crosby want to open Plum Run Winery at 3946 Broadway by June. The winery would feature wines made from grapes grown in the couple's vineyard at their local residence.

Crosby has made homemade wine on and off for about 30 years.

"It's basically a hobby gone wild," he said.

Crosby plans to carry a variety of wines ranging from sweet to very dry. Besides the wine made from his grapes, other types of wine will be made from juice and grapes that are mostly grown in Ohio. Prices haven't yet been set, but he estimates bottles costing $10 to $16 and glasses costing $4 to $5.

Though he hasn't set official business hours, Crosby envisions being open from about 1-6 p.m. Customers will be able to sample wine and drink in a sitting area. Finger foods such as cheese, crackers, meats and fruits also will be available.

Crosby will rent the Broadway facility. He and his landlord will spend about $90,000 on building renovations.

Diane Crosby said the winery is "just the logical next step" for them. "The potential is great."

Dave Crosby began making homemade wine in his early 20s, after a college professor introduced him to it. About 10 years ago, he and Diane moved to their current home, where they began growing their own grapes.

While his vineyard could produce a maximum of 2,000 gallons of wine per year, Crosby will start on a smaller scale. Three out of the couple's 14 acres are dedicated to vineyards. So far, about 1.5 acres are being used for production. Harvest starts in August and ends in mid-October.

Eighteen varieties of grapes are grown at Plum Run Vineyard. The major types include white varieties Vidal and Traminette and red varieties Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc.

Wineries and microbreweries were allowed after Grove City Council on Nov. 21 permitting legislation allowing both the sale and manufacture of beer and wine in the city's central business district.

The central business district is defined as 17.5 acres along Broadway between White Place and Civic Place. The microbreweries and wineries, which would need appropriate state liquor licenses, may sell their products at their sites.