The Vineyards of Chateau Hough are part of Reimagining Cleveland, a grant program that has provided funding for over 50 environmental projects located on vacant lots across the city. Chateau Hough can be found in three such lots (totaling over 20,000 contiguous square feet) at the intersection of Hough Avenue and East 66th Street.
The idea for Chateau Hough started with Mansfield Frazier, a local journalist and entrepreneur who returned to his hometown of Cleveland in 1995. Frazier sees the project as a way to eventually create jobs and stimulate growth in the Hough neighborhood. Working with volunteers from the community, the vacant lots were first cleared of debris. Then, the grapevines were planted, along with stakes and wires for their support. Once the grapes are harvested, Frazier will begin the process of winemaking at a nearby site. For now, however, the project has already beautified what was once a run-down looking corner of Hough.