I began making homemade wine as a hobby back in the 1990’s, starting with wine kits and finally graduating to buying my own grapes. It started out as something I did inside my home as a hobby and then I moved, or should I say was kicked out of the house, to the garage for more room (after ruining my wife’s kitchen countertops).
After working in the engineering field and then the staffing industry for 30+ years, I was looking for an exit strategy from the corporate world, as well as a plan for what I would do during retirement.
After our 3 grown children had graduated from college and moved out of the house, we began looking to move and downsize our house. We also wanted to find some land and plant our own grape vines with the long term goal of eventually making and selling wine as a hobby. In 2010, we purchased 40 acres of farm land and built a new home along with a small agricultural barn to store a tractor and miscellaneous garden equipment.
In 2011, we planted 7 rows of 7 different varieties of grape vines. Every year, we continued to add more rows of grape vines. During that time, my wife and I continued to work at our regular jobs and we worked in the vineyard at night and on weekends. In 2014 we produced our first batch of wine. At that time we also decided to build a new agricultural barn and convert the older barn into a winery. We completed building out the winery in 2015 and officially opened Broken Creek Vineyard and Winery. We now have roughly 5 acres of fruit and grape vines planted.
At the beginning of 2017, I “retired” from my full-time job to concentrate on building the vineyard and winery business. My wife continued to work full time as a nurse during the week, and ran the tasting room on the weekends. We started construction on the winery to add more room to our wine tasting space, as well as increasing the space for manufacturing more wine. By the end of 2017, the addition to the winery was completed and I set out to expand the wines varieties we could offer our customers.
Today, we offer a variety of wines produced from our estate grown grapes, as well as grapes imported from Chile, South Africa, California and Washington.
We hope you will come to our winery, purchase a glass or bottle of wine and enjoy the vineyard!
- Eric & Peggy Preusse