The Miller family planted the vineyards in 2002, and it took them until 2005 for the vines to mature and production to begin. Since their grand opening in 2009, Miller says they have acquired a loyal following, as was proof Saturday in the rain.
The family has already picked about 10 tons of grapes — a process done completely by hand — and it took two Saturdays and 30 people to get that far. There are about seven acres of land under vine, and there is still more harvest to be done. And the winery is a side business. Each member of the family has their own full-time jobs as well.
"It's all grown right here, and you can see the entire process from start to finish," Miller said. "There's a tremendous amount of sweat equity out there."
The winery's long-term goal is to build an event center to hold year-round activities, making the poor weather a non-issue. But watching the stompers laugh and take pictures under the rain-filled clouds, there's no rush.