Greg Shooks of Central Lake grows cherries, wine grapes, and small grains on his fourth generation farm, where he works with his brother and cousin. The wine grapes are new, because last year they sold their 550 head of cattle and built a winery – Cellar 1914, with a nod to the year his family started the farm. They actually built the winery in the same footprint they were housing the cattle. As Greg said, “We’re just like a country song now. We’re serving wine in an old cattle barn and parking in the feed lot.” Greg, his wife Jenny, and their three daughters enjoy boating and traveling – especially to warm places.

Listen as Greg talks about:

  • How maraschino cherries are made, and what he knows you have in your fridge
  • What two things you should never buy that he did – but enjoys
  • Why having kids is like running a correctional facility
  • How the first year of growing grapes really changed their direction
  • Why he eloped with his high school sweetheart

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