A Fresh Start
The next year, our son found a 15 acre property in the mountains which had a great house on it and a lovely South-facing, gently rolling hill, perfect for a vineyard. We bought it and planted the Spring of 2006. We had learned our lesson about tubing the new vines at the first vineyard, so this year we tubed everything! We were so proud of ourselves. Things had gone much easier, it seemed. Then one day, there they were - millions of Japanese beetles, hiding in those tubes that we were sure were protecting our new vines. Disaster strikes again. Within a few days, so many of the vines were decimated that we almost felt it was a sign we shouldn’t continue.
But we did continue! Those first couple of years were good because they prepared us to not be surprised by anything. Now we expect the worst, so usually we’re pleasantly surprised when something less horrific happens.
MEANT TO BE
One day, on our way to starting a winery, something seemingly insignificant happened. Our friends, Carlos & Vivian decided to get married and asked if they could do it at Monterre before we turned it into a winery. We said, “Sure… why not”. As a result of that one event, we had requests for more & more weddings. In a very short period of time, we were in the Wedding Business. And we’ve been doing it full-time ever since. Apparently, we’re pretty good at it, since we are producing beautiful weddings and happy clients every weekend of our season.
Life takes many turns and we don’t see most of them coming. We didn’t see this coming either, but we embraced it and now offer one of the most unique venues in the Lehigh Valley.
Consider joining us for one of our harvest parties, getting married in the vineyard or having your next corporate or family event in our beautiful reception hall. We’re confident it will be an experience you’ll remember.
In the meantime, remember to drink good wine!