Soft Opening Fun

Soft Opening at Peaceful Bend Vineyard crowd scene

Soft Opening of Peaceful Bend VineyardSoft Opening Recap

Wow, do you all ever know how to make a gal feel good!  Our soft opening last weekend was filled with good people, delectable wine, delicious music, building tours, and lots of tasty memories.

We truly appreciated all the help our friends, family, and neighbors gave to help get the opening going on the right foot.  Connie & Crystal were a huge help at the tasting table.  As you can see above, they kept me laughing while I figured out all the nuances of our new cash register.

We ended up deciding to set up outdoors and said to heck with the interim tasting room for now.  Elliott Ranney set up his bandstand on the front porch of the new winery building, and everyone spread out on the “lawn” in front of the building.  It worked so well, I think we’ll keep this set-up for the next few weekends as long as weather allows.

Soft Opening at Peaceful Bend Vineyard crowd scene

Clyde and I were thrilled that so many of you could make it out to enjoy the beautiful weather with us.  It was a bigger turnout than I had anticipated, and we scrambled to pull together a hodge-podge of tables & chairs.  No one seemed to upset though, so thanks for all the patience!

I have to say, the turnout this weekend plus all the messages here on the website, on our social pages, and the emails you’ve sent buoyed our spirits ao much.  I think we might just make it through this final stretch to opening the new building.

Babies got dusty at the soft opening at peaceful bend vineyard

So many adorable babies (and fur babies!) joined in on the festivities Saturday.  While adults sampled wine, our grandson Micah (at top) and his cousin (above) had a blast sampling the dirt around here. 🙂

Day-After Soft Opening Cuteness

the day after the soft opening

After any big event, there is always cleanup, and I have to say we had a pretty cute clean-up crew this time around. The kids camped out and on Sunday morning, they helped restore order around here.  Then the grand kids plus Julie climbed into one of the big tanks that Clyde brought out to clean.

royal waves from the tractor after the soft opening

After installing the cleaned tank in it’s proper spot, Clyde gave a tractor ride to our grand-niece-in-law.  She perfected her royal wave as they drove by!

I hope you enjoyed this peek at our soft opening weekend. We want to ‘tank’ everyone that came out last weekend.  We are so lucky to have such wonderful customers.

And if you couldn’t make it, I hope you can join us on an upcoming weekend.  We’re looking forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

 

So Much To Update

Wine in the rebuild

SubFloored

Hi all!  So sorry to be absent for so long, especially because there has been soooo much that’s happened around here lately.  In the blink of an eye we’ve now got a framed building!

The framing crew started last week on Monday morning and by the end of the week, we had walls, walls, walls, and a subfloor.  Check out the video above for a peek at all the progress they had finished about half way through the week.

Framing the New Winery Building

Framing the New Winery Building
This week the crew placed all the trusses for the roof and is getting all the sheeting done.  Plus placing doors and windows!

Framing the New Winery Building
I’ve been cheerleading and trying not to get in the way too much with my camera or cause any extra headaches.  Both important jobs. 🙂

To say that this is making us excited is a big understatement.  I keep wanting to play the theme song to Rocky while running up and down the porch step of the cottage pumping my fists in the air like a mad woman.

When that urge comes on strong I try to remember important job #2 above. 🙂

Framing the New Winery Building

As thrilling as all this is, I have an even MORE exciting announcement tomorrow.  So come back and I’ll spill the beans.

In the meantime, check out more construction photos below!

Framing the New Winery Building
Here’s our contractor Gerald of On The Level Construction hooking up the roof sheeting bundles to a crane which lifts the bundles up into the building.

Framing the New Winery Building
Gerald brought in help to get everything done that he needs these last two weeks. His hunting buddies from S&S Construction in Kirksville, MO came all the way down to work on the building. Plus our neighbor Scotty and Gerald’s Dad, Daryl, all pitched in to help where they could.  In the photo above, Gerald is measuring( in the blue shirt), while Daryl and Scotty supervise Shaun’s work at the saw.

Framing the New Winery Building
A peek inside the framed up wine cellar.

Framing the New Winery Building
The view from behind the winery as the bundles go sailing out over the building. Nope. I wasn’t nervous. Not at all. I had full faith in that crane.

Framing the New Winery Building
Brandon directs where bundles are to be placed.

Framing the New Winery Building
The first roof truss being lifted into place.

Framing the New Winery Building
Gerald directs Brandon and Smoothie has they guide the first truss and get it fixed in its spot.

Framing the New Winery Building
The view from way down below the back of the winery as they fix that first truss in place. Gerald’s crewman Luke has joined them up on the step ladder.

Framing the New Winery Building
Back down on the ground, Daryl attaches the crane’s hooks to two trusses at a time.

Framing the New Winery Building
Someone told Scotty to go fly a kite. Hee hee, no I’m kidding. The line Scotty is holding is attached to a corner of the trusses and he makes sure that the corner he is holding is delivered to the correct spot of the roof as well as keeps the trusses from swaying around too much.

Framing the New Winery Building
Gerald jumps up to the top of the roof to help get the final trusses in place.

Framing the New Winery Building
Last truss!

Framing the New Winery Building
What a historic moment for Peaceful Bend! I’m so glad we could watch. And so utterly thankful that these guys aren’t afraid of heights. 😉

Be sure to check back tomorrow afternoon to hear the big news!

Floored

We were literally floored this week. On Sunday morning, our contractor’s crew pulled in to rough in the plumbing for the new winery building. We felt for them; working in the full sun on a hot day had to be tough, but they were finished by a little after noon.

On Wednesday, the concrete crew came in to build and install the floor drain we need in the cellar. They finished their work just in time to clean up and head out before a big rain storm.

After a day to let things dry out, the concrete crew came back Friday. Trucks of concrete started rolling in, and by late afternoon we had a smooth, hard concrete wine cellar floor.  It’s Pepe approved, as you can see in the video!

Next week brings the crew back to pour the outdoor loading dock/press pad on the back of the building. I’ll be sure to video the next phase too – thanks for taking a look at the progress.  Cheers!