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From Dairy to Winery

September 26, 2007 2 comments

I am creating this blog to share with the world the transition of an old Dairy Farm to an Winery and Vineyard.  This is very exciting for us but has not been without trauma.  Our realtor, Diane (who has been great by-the-way) said it it is like a breach birth.  Don’t know; haven’t done one but none-the-less, we are there now. 

My husband, RJ, and I have purchased 32.5 acres of property in Gaston and are planning on putting a winery, vineyard and tasting room on it (Our Dream).  The property is currently a decommissioned dairy farm and has a number of out buildings and two houses.  (Do you know anybody who would like to buy some used dairy equipment?)  Anyway, it is crucial that we get this property and associated buildings in working order so we can open the winery as quickly as possible.  RJ and I have been consumed by this purchase.  If it is not all the paperwork, meetings and phone calls, then it’s the physical effort to clean and renovate. 

One of the transitions for us (there are many) is that we have both been retired for some time.  In my retirement, I have created a craft business called Creative Clutter and host semi-annual bazaars as well as participate in a number of consignment sales and bazaar activities.  The bazaars and some of the consignment sales have been put on hold, but I still have product a Sophie’s Cottage in Hillsboro (http://www.cscrafts.com/aj.html) and do custom orders.

I am including some before pictures of the dairy farm and will continue to post specific pictures as things progress.

A few of the 11 Outbuildings we have  These are a few of the outbuildings on the property.  The front one is a chicken coup and will be used for tasting room supply storage.  The historical round barn is gorgeous but in really bad shape so not sure what we will do with it.  The white barn is the dairy parlor; may or may not use it for wine storage.

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