A vine I've named Bountiful with its new grapes.
Vernon Gerwer started Gerwer Winery, Les Russel started Granite Springs Winery and Brian Fitzpatrick started Fitzpatrick Winery & Lodge; they were the first three wineries in Fair Play. Of course it took a few years for the grapes to mature before making wine. They all opened for business about the same time in the early 1980's. That inspired other people to forge their own vineyards and start wineries. L.W. Richards quickly followed suit with his LW Richards Winery. He sold to the Bailey family shortly after his successful venture started. The Bailey's changed the name to Windwalker Vineyards & Winery in honor of one of their horses. In the mid '90s Arnie & Paige Gilpin bought Windwalker for their winemaker son, Rich. Now Windwalker is owned by Jim & Alanna Taff. Windwalker was awarded the Golden Bear for the BEST RED OF SHOW at the California State Fair in 2011 for their 2008 Primitivo. That was the first for any Fair Play wineries.
The GOLDEN BEAR
Here are Cindy and Sue Langman in the newest vineyard
in September '13. The Langman Family Winery.
Oh, yeah. I almost forgot to tell you. Over the years during this evolution of Fair Play Cindy & I have been to every one of these wineries and all the newer ones I'll write about next time.
'Till next time....