This is going to be an adventure.

 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.

6 thoughts on “This is going to be an adventure.

  1. WOW, you’re living the dream!
    i would love to hear about your progress and Maybe i could be one of your first customers :)

    my wife and I dream about doing the same thing.

    Best of luck
    Jim

    • Thanks! It is really exciting. We hope to keep this updated as often as possible as new things happen so keep checking back! If you are close enough you could be our first customer, though it will probably be a couple years until we open our doors. TTB and PLCB don’t make it easy to get the needed licenses.

  2. Hey Derrick! Love this. As you are bulding this and that, keep in mind there are PPL rebates that can help defray the cost of your new lighting, hVAC and motors, refrigeration and so on.

    Let me know if you would like someone to give you a call!

    Never to early to plan it all out.

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