Then began our dreams of growing grapes and maybe one day starting a winery. I decided to put the dreams into reality. I have now taken classes on grape growing, vineyard management, pest management and enology (or oenology, two acceptable spellings, meaning wine making). I have also spent multiple hours of practicum work at the nearby Wollersheim Winery. (Thank you Phillipe and staff! I am very grateful and fortunate to have been allowed to begin learning in your vineyards and winery.)
The vision began in May of 2011 after a routine visit to our local garden store to purchase plants for the garden and an apple tree or two. While there, I found grape vines for sale and I purchased four Frontenac vines. Days after planting them, while sitting next to my newly planted vines and drinking a glass of wine with my wife, it hit us like a freight train. How gorgeous would it be to fill up the entire hillside with grape vines? We have such a spectacular view, why not share it with others and start a winery? People would love to sit up here with a glass of wine, just as we do.
Soon after the first planting, our oldest son Casey, my best friend Pete, and my wife Jill joined in on the fun. Casey graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Soil and Land Management degree and will be our vineyard manager, Peter is my right hand man in everything I do, and my wife, Jill, will be our tasting room supervisor. We are truly looking forward to welcoming you to our winery when we open.
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