Danielle and Shaun Pierce began dating in 2012, and during a visit to several vineyards in the Leelanau Peninsula of Michigan in 2013 the young couple pondered how difficult could it be to make wine and grow grapes? That question initiated their new hobby of making wine and cider. By the summer of 2014, the couple was producing wines which had won awards in amateur wine competitions across the United States. The couple married in 2017 and continued to dream about turning their passion into reality.
In 2018, the Pierce’s purchased a 20 acre farm outside Bradford, Ohio in Darke County to develop into a vineyard and winery. The couple moved into the 1800’s farm house, and began to remodel it.
Over the winter the couple designed the proposed winery building and vineyard developing the plans of what would become Twenty One Barrels Cidery and Winery. In May of 2019, the couple planted the first vines focusing on cold weather varieties of Catawba, Fredonia, Brianna, and La Crescent.
The couple submitted their Federal Basic Permit for manufacturing wine in August 2019, and in October 2019 submitted the permit application to the state of Ohio. Ground was broken on the tasting room and production building in October 2019. On June 12, 2020 Twenty One Barrels Winery & Cidery opened in the middle of the COVID19 pandemic for carry-out sales only. July 3, 2020 the facility opened for outside seating and on site consumption, and on October 2, 2020 the winery fully opened with indoor seating.