Everyone said Randy and Linda Rice were crazy when they quit their jobs to open Mountain View Vineyard back in 2009. So many believed they could not create a successful vineyard, the pair says “it has been incredibly rewarding to see that all things are possible with hard work, faith and dedication.” Now, seven years after Mountain View Vineyard’s first grand opening, construction has started on a larger winery to accommodate their growth and success.
A stunning view of the vineyards awaits as guests drive up the mountain side to the new Winery. Walking into the rustic – yet elegant new building, the tasting room will be four times larger than the original and it will feature a Bistro where guests can grab a light lunch or dinner. The lower level of the building referred to as the “barrel room, will be home to a new winemaking facility. In addition to the indoor space, there is a wrap around porch perfect for taking in the view during cocktail hour.
There are beautiful event spaces which can accommodate up to 150 guests. The Rice’s hired a Wedding Coordinator to help couples create a personalized vision for their day and tend to all of the details. “We are excited to host weddings and special events in the new facility,” says Linda, “in the past, we had to turn down requests for large events because of the small space, now, that problem has been solved!” The Rice’s look forward to hosting community fundraisers, local meetings, showers, rehearsal dinners, and so many more events at the new facility.
Even with this spacious new location, the original vineyard will not be forgotten. It will be turned into a brewery. Once the brewery opens, there will be shuttle service available to take guests from the winery to the brewery and back.
Though Randy and Linda are all for a bigger and better Winery, they remain serious about protecting the land. “From farming, to production, and even office work, we strive for sustainability at every step of the winemaking and distilling process,” says Linda. With more than 80-acres, the majority of the farm’s new land has been placed in an agricultural preservation and they have worked with the USDA to create a conservation plan that minimizes erosion and manages storm water runoff. Instead of spraying pesticides, a large layer of mulch is used to naturally fertilize the vines and beetles and other insects are hand-picked off the plants.
Once the fruit is harvested, it is moved to the winemaking facility, which is powered by geothermal and solar energy. Natural power is used to maintain the optimum temperature in the winemaking building and energy-efficient LED lighting is used throughout the property. Recycling efforts are made in the tasting room and reusable laminated tasting sheets dramatically reduce paper waste.
Mountain View Vineyard’s new location will continue to provide a unique wine and spirits tasting experience as customers enjoy additional space, the ability to host events, the opportunity to enjoy a light meal at the bistro, and a fantastic view.
The new Winery will open its doors by early May 2017. Stay tuned for their Grand Opening Celebration. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @mountainviewvineyard. Visit www.MountainViewVineyard.com for more information.