Willis Hill Farm

FILM BY: Daouda Zalle

The story of Willis Hill Farm begins in 1873 when Rick Shriver’s grandfather, William “Bill” Willis, began stitching together a farm from several parcels of land just southeast of McConnelsville, Ohio.

HIs family is establishing a working winery on the farm. We are restoring the 100-year-old barn to serve as the production, aging and sales space for Willis Hill Wines. Grapes and other fruits are again being planted on the rolling hills of the Willis Farm.

The goal is to create a series of products in the tradition of Bill Willis’s originals – small runs of 100% natural fruit wines. No chemical pesticides, no additives, no preservatives. Just pure fruit juices fermented naturally. In 2019, Willis Hill Farm was designated an “Ohio Century Farm” by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Willis Hill Farm was a 2021 Ohio’s Winding Road Seed Grant recipient.