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Twenty-Twenty-Too Fast

Wow. This went quick. I had intended to provide monthly updates. Guess what. Didn’t happen. As you can tell by the pictures, this year took off for us. This spring we planted 800+ vines across almost 2 acres. We wrapped grow tubes, put up posts, hung trellis wire, drilled holes, ran irrigation line, installed tensiometers, and mowed. And mowed. And mowed. So many people came out to help, and I can’t thank them enough. Plenty of wine was drank in the process. As I sit in the office planning out the last spray of the season, I can’t help but be excited about what comes next.


Two weeks ago, I had some very dear friends visit for the first time since planting. Actually, more than friends. I was most excited to show them my world. As we walked thru the vines, I couldn’t help but see all of the hard work my friends and family put into to making this vineyard look exactly like I wanted it to look. My goal was, and still is, to create something you would find on the coasts – right in the middle of Kansas. When I stepped back from the corporate world there was tremendous doubt. And there still is. But their words of encouragement, and amazement lead me to believe this journey is barley even started. And I can do it.They'll never know how grateful I am for that. 


This winter I will finish the degree program I started 2 years ago. At 43 I will have gone back to school and finished my degree in Viticulture. Next spring will start year 2 at Wendelin Vines.


Hopefully I post more often. Hopefully





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