About us

 

In 2011 Jerry and Julia Coon purchased 20 acres of vacant farmland in Geneva Township, Midland County with the goal of starting a gooseberry and currant farm. As luck would have it,  in 2012 they found another 40 acre farm 3 miles west of the 20, this time with a house and barn.

 

They moved from Midland to the farm in 2012 and in 2013 they received their permit to grow black currants from the Michigan Department of Agriculture. They now have about 4 acres of red currants, black currants, raspberries and gooseberries.

In 2015 they began producing fruit syrups, vinegar and tea from their berries. In 2016 they applied for a small winemakers license and began producing wine in April 2017.

In June 2017 they entered 2 wines in the Michigan Wine competition. Both their Gooseberry Semi Sweet and Black Currant Dry won gold medals. In October 2017 They entered 8 wines in the American Wine Society competition. They received 3 double gold medals, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Not bad for a first year wine maker.

In 2018 the sophomore winemakers continued their award winning tradition with the American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition Best in Class for their "Inspiritus" semi sweet black curant wine, scoring double gold and 93 points.