Joe and I have been dreaming of and working towards building this winery for over 10 years now. We hoped for it to be up and running already, but crop prices in farming haven't been very favorable the last several years, and well, kids happened.
It's almost surreal watching the machines move dirt because that means it's really REAL and will be our reality soon!
As we worked toward putting this together, it was so important to us to use local companies and contractors to partner with, even if it meant paying a little more. Throughout this project we will be showing off their efforts in helping us put this all together.
Lundblad Brothers Excavating (LBE), out of Lowry, MN is doing all of the dirt work. And there is a lot of it! They have helped us in the past with a few projects around the farm and have always been professional and great to work with.
Its incredible to watch their operators run those machines with so much precision, and they make it look so effortless.
To hold on to some of our sanity and privacy once the winery opens, we decided to build a new driveway entrance to reach the winery site. And when I say driveway, really I mean ROAD. It's almost a mile long and will allow 2 cars to pass comfortably. Over the years we have been taking notes of what works and what doesn't work for other wineries while making deliveries of our grapes. One common problem we ran into was being able to easily get in and out of places with our pickup and large trailer, so we made sure that even a semi would be able to get in and out with out too much trickery. We had an opportunity of having a blank slate to work from so we didn't want to cut any corners as far as the road was concerned.
Early last week LBE came out to install the silt fences to keep the dirt from washing into our ponds and two days later the excavator and dozer started moving dirt! We have been told it will be 1-2 weeks for the road to be completed and then they will move onto the parking lot and building pad.
Our GOAL is to have the production space move in ready by the time the fruit is ready to crush, so late August - early September. This has been a really goofy spring and early summer as far as the weather has been concerned, but we are really hopeful it will all come together.
Thanks for following us along on this journey! We hope this becomes a really special place for all of you to gather and celebrate family, friendships, and community!
About the Author
I'm Melanie, co-owner of Rolling Forks Vineyards, boy mom & wine lover.