Friday, June 5, 2009

Missouri’s first organic wine is grown and produced in Gasconade County

When Dr. Tim Ley and his wife Dr. Patricia Hohn decided to establish a vineyard, they knew they wanted to produce a crop that would not only be safe to consume, but that would also be gentle to the land.

“I did not want to pour chemicals on my land. I did not want to leave something that others would have to clean up,” Ley explained.

After being told repeatedly that grapes couldn’t be grown in this state without at least fungicides, they found some experts at Penn State who believed it was possible. Three years ago, they planted 2,000 vines on four acres on their farm in southern Gasconade County on Highway 19. Thus, Gascony Vineyards was established.

Read the full story here.

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