Good things coming!

Hi all!  I’m so excited to post this update since we have a couple of pieces of big news.First up, the excavator is out here today clearing trees and brush for the new winery building.  The picture above is looking across the driveway from the cottage around 6:30(ish) this morning.

That’s a closer look at the tangled woods that have to come out.  Clyde has been sitting on his hands to keep from playing with driving this bulldozer!

Fortunately the professional equipment operator kept his keys!  And put in a good morning’s work – here’s what the same spot looks like now:


Whoa! I have to admit I was a bit in shock when I looked out the window late this morning, and could see our hay field instead of those trees. It was a little taste of what everyone will get to enjoy once we have the new building up and running.

By the way, if you’d like an idea of what we’ll be putting up, check out this post for a peek at our plans.

The other piece of news is that Clyde is making wine at our wonderful winery neighbors, Red Moose Vineyards.  He started three batches of wine last week in their empty tanks, and has one more load of juice coming in this afternoon.  Hopefully by the time the building is ready, we’ll have at least a few of our normal wines available to purchase again.

Right now we hope to have the production area of the new winery ready to go by harvest time in August, but I’m not sure on when the tasting room will be ready.

It feels so good and uplifting to have all this forward momentum going on here.  I can’t thank everyone that has donated to us, given us a shoulder to cry on, or sent us an encouraging note – you’ve been lifesavers!  I’m really looking forward to seeing you all again very soon.  Cheers!

25 Responses to “Good things coming!

  • Connie Hill
    2 months ago

    I’m so happy for you guys! It was great to see you at Hartford and looking forward to more good times at Peaceful Bend.

  • Korey
    2 months ago

    So exciting! Love you guys!

  • Connie Hill
    2 months ago

    brent here…I thinking “the Who, I can see for miles”. great luck to you guys

  • Robin Adkins
    2 months ago

    So excited I can’t stand it!!!!!

  • Sandy Fadler
    2 months ago

    So happy for the new plans…really miss coming there.

  • Johnna Boerner
    2 months ago

    So happy to see /hear this good news.

  • Jill Schwieger
    2 months ago

    I am so excited for/with you! This first day of excavation is just a small “taste” (“taste”…..see what I did there? HA) of the great things to come! Blessings……love……Jill

  • Jim and Ruthie
    2 months ago

    This is outstanding news! Great to see you’re making progress, and will be first in line when you’re open for sales, tasting room open or not.

  • Kathy Schopp
    2 months ago

    I’m so glad you all are making headway on rebuilding. I know its been rough. Looking forward to the new winery and seeing you all in business again.

  • Yeah, I am soooo excited for you guys! My customers love love all your wine!

  • So wonderful to see you all moving forward! I’m so sad every time I drive through Steelville because I can’t stop by and see you and pick up a couple of bottles of my favorite wine!

  • Denise
    2 months ago

    Keep the faith. We need you!

  • Rob Brandenburg
    2 months ago

    Wonderful news of progress. Full speed ahead.

  • This is so exciting! I’m looking forward to Peaceful Bend rebirth. Maybe an Out Of The Ashes party might be good! 🙂

  • Judi & Gary
    2 months ago

    OMG, now I’ll be checking my email every day to see what is happening at Peaceful Bend.??

  • Aunt Debii
    2 months ago

    Can’t wait to see the progress on the new building as it is being built. Too cool!!

  • Lissa Schwieger
    2 months ago

    I’m SO excited to read about the progress and see the pictures! Can not wait to follow the rebuild on here. And as a side note… I think one of your first new wines should be named Phoenix…. Created from the ashes, with all of the heart and soul we infuse into each and every bottle. Just a thought….
    Love you two and can’t wait to see the next update!! YAY!!

  • Diana & Tom, St. Charles, MO
    2 months ago

    I am sooo glad to hear of your progress in building!!
    I just opened my last bottle of Whittenburg, in celebration of your most recent update!
    Can’t wait to visit!

  • jeff brand
    2 months ago

    Great News, finally!


  • Susan L Dragon
    2 months ago

    So, so happy to hear. Cannot wait!!

  • Cathy Potts
    2 months ago

    Hi Katie so happy to hear of all the good news. Hope to see you in the fall.

  • Cheryl
    2 months ago

    How about a time lapse sequence when the work really gets going? What else do you have to do?

  • Jeni Zolfaghari
    2 months ago

    We are coming up on July 8th and July 9th and you guys are always our first stop. Are we going to have to bypass you this year??

  • Katie
    2 months ago

    Oh, I hate that we’ll miss you, but we won’t have anything ready by then Jeni. Keep us in your plans for the next trip though!