The Chateau vineyard features two primary wine-grape varietals: Vidal Blanc, a French-American Hybrid popular to this state and the Lake Erie wine district, and Norton (also called Cynthiana), an American varietal popular for its Bordeaux-like qualities. Dominique Brousseau is the vineyard manager and chief winemaker. She recently won two first place “People’s Choice” Awards at the Kentucky Derby Wine Festival for her Blackberry Wine and Chateau Rouge, her semi-sweet red.
In February 2001, the Brousseaus anticipated the realization of their hopes and prayers to start a winery here at the Farm. There were so many hurdles ahead that, even thought they had planned the course to follow, they decided the only way to achieve their goal was to take one hurdle at a time. The Brousseaus planted over 900 vines of various varietals over the course of 2 years. In December 2001, local voters gave a resounding “Yes” to the request to offer complimentary sample and to sell wine here on the farm. Granted a Federal License in 2002, the winery building was finished in time for holiday sales.