I was just telling my husband the other day that next year, in 2019, will be the 10 year anniversary of establishing our vines. And, I just couldn’t actually wrap my mind around how it could be! I mean, for myself, and I’m guessing my mom, it does feel like our grapes have been a part of our lives for quite a while.
They also practically live at Grandma and Grandpa’s towards the end of August until September when our grape harvest is over.
With that said, it’s been amazing how many “firsts” we are working on as we enter our 9th year of our vineyard. We are currently working on getting out a new sweet red wine! Since we attend so many tastings all around Iowa, we get to chat with so many customers that tell us what they like, and what they would purchase. And, our customers do EXACTLY that. They support us and our story, and when we make something they request…they buy it!
And, another BIG “first” this year…and one we have envisioned for a very long time (even before our vines were first planted) …is our new tasting room!
So many firsts…even though our first BIG “first” was the planting of our grape vines in 2009. We are still a mother-daughter duo, learning all the time about our grapes and our vineyard, winemaking, science, food production, grant writing, licensing, renovation, and plans for the future. And, when we don’t know or can’t find the answer, we keep trying until we find someone who does. Our customers are the reason we keep growing and learning, because they support us and keep cheering us on. If you haven’t figured it out, our customers are THE BEST! That also goes for all of the other businesses who buy our wine to sell at their stores. They often are run by a solo girl boss, or a family, or a couple, or one of those combos with a few extra helping hands…and they are just awesome.
We’ll keep on tackling “firsts” as we grow our business. We’re still mighty small…but we are still mighty. 🙂