After spending twenty-five years in the food and beverage industry on the Jersey Shore, we headed to South Florida, where we purchased raw land, north of the Everglades, just east of the Great Cypress Swamp. After months of clearing jungle-like conditions, we planted a tree farm and established a plant nursery. Having had twenty years as a very successful business, the Government approached us to acquire the land for a project to restore and save the Everglades. It was a good reason to sell and we could retire!!
And retire we did, only to find after a couple of years we were bored and needed an inspiration. With our background, we decided we wanted to be part of the emerging East Coast wine industry. We searched up and down the region and finally found what we felt was the perfect parcel, 10 acres in the Tryon Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.