For the past 4 years, I have been dreaming of starting a winery. It all started after I went on a tour of the wineries along the Finger Lakes. That trip showed me how awesome it could be to own & operate my own winery. Not long after that, I was making wine from a kit I purchased at the local beer and wine making store. That wine turned out pretty good, but I wanted to do more. I had 3/4 of an acre of land in Elizabethville, along with some free time and money, so I started a small “test” vineyard consisting of 18 vines. I called it a “test” vineyard because I was using it to determine if I really wanted to do this or not. The next year, it became 90 vines. This is where I learned that growing grapes is a backbreaking but rewarding job. After 3 years of watching those vines grow and then finally making wine from the grapes, I knew it was what I wanted to do. For the past 3 years, I’ve been creating wine in my basement and learning everything that I can about the business. My girlfriend & I have immersed ourselves in making wine from grapes grown in California and Chile and Mead from local honey. As of recently, we have started brewing beer. In the mean time, I’ve also kept looking for suitable acreage to start a commercial winery. That search has now ceased because as of 9/29/2011 we are the owners of 26 acres in Halifax, PA. That is where this blog will start. We have land, motivation and a dream. Stay tuned for more updates into the process of starting our own winery.