HARTVILLE,Ohio– The Maize Valley Farm Market and Winery won the 2013 Glass Packaging Institute (GPI) Clear Choice Award. The prestigious industry awards are given to products packaged in glass that demonstrate strong consumer appeal, shelf impact and commercial success. Verallia North America (the glass bottle manufacture) entered Maize Valley’s Mad Cow in the competition.
The wine bottle Verallia North America manufactured for Maize Valley Winery’s Mad Cow wine won the GPI’s 2013 People’s Choice Award. This sweet white table wine is packaged in a classic Claret style glass bottle and features an eye-catching shrink sleeve with a black and white dairy cow pattern.
The industry awards are given to products packaged in glass that demonstrate strong consumer appeal, shelf impact and commercial success. With these new wins, Verallia North America has produced glass packaging for 72 beer, wine, spirits, beverage and food products that have won Clear Choice awards in the last 25 years.
The Vaughan family history in agriculture dates back to the 1800’s in Marlboro township in North East Ohio.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s Maize Valley had a cow named “Edith” in their herd of approximately 300 registered Holsteins. At one time Edith was the number one producing registered Holstein in the United States.
Edith made lots of milk, produced great daughters and pretty much just liked to be left alone. Edith lived a long life at Maize Valley, she even had a special stall right next to the ramp that exited the barn, she was special.
Houses closed in on Maize Valley, milk prices dropped and the dairy needed major investment to move forward. The family decided to shift gears move from dairy/row crop (corn, soybeans, wheat) to opening up a direct farm market, agritourism and eventually a winery. When the cows were sold the money from the sale went into remodeling an old barn that housed the new enterprise the family embarked upon.
To honor those special cows a wine was first named, then later repackaged in Edith’s honor.