Brown County Winery
Celebrates 25 Years
by Jeanette Menter, photos by Greg Clarke
When David and Cynthia Schrodt rented a garage in Monroe County back in 1985 with aspirations to start a little winery, they could not have known twenty-five years later, they would be celebrating a milestone anniversary in their own beautiful building in scenic Brown County.
A winemaker by trade, David created five varieties in his first year. Today, their wine list boasts fifteen different choices. They produce 33,000 gallons and 170,000 bottles of wine each year.
Their story deserves celebrating. On July 30, 2011, they will host a party to commemorate their 25 years of continuous wine production and sales. From 10 to 5:30 the public is invited to join in the festivities at their “downtown Gnaw Bone” location, 4520 State Rd. 46 E., which opened in 2000.
For $5 guests will be treated to a pulled-pork lunch including coleslaw and baked beans provided by Lemleyâ€™s Catering. The price also includes a specially designed glass and one glass of wine.
Two bands will provide some bluegrass entertainment. From 12:30 to 2:30, Hickory Wind will perform, and from 3 until 4:30, White Lightning Boys will play. Tents will be set up for relaxing and eating and games will be available for fun. Guests will be able to tour the winemaking facility.
Brown County Winery believes that “Quality wine should be available to everyone, regardless of their experience.” With that goal in mind, the Schrodts provide a welcoming, relaxed, and fun destination for wine enthusiasts.
Their wines use not only grapes, but also cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, or any other fruit they find is appropriate.
The wine tasting room is warm and spacious with a wide variety of accessories and gourmet treats to accompany wine selections. Whether you are out for a day of wine tasting or heading to your cabin for the weekend, The Brown County Winery is a must-see destination to stock up.
Athough tastings are free, wine is only sold by the bottle. They also have a location in downtown Nashville at the corner of Main Street and Old School Way where you can sample wines and purchase by the bottle.
The winery is open daily. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 to 5, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 5:30, and Sunday from 11 to 5. Their friendly staff is waiting to make your next wine tasting stop an enjoyable, convenient and educational one.
For more information about The Brown County Winery and their upcoming event, visit their website, <www.browncountywinery.com> or call them at 1-888-298-2984. Remember to mark your calendar for the celebration on July 30.