Growing Industry

8 years 2 months 7 hours ago Monday, May 17 2010 May 17, 2010 Monday, May 17, 2010 7:39:35 AM CDT May 17, 2010 in News

From the log...To the bottle...

Dale Kirby, Cooper's Oak Winery Supervisor: "Right now we have the only facility in the U.S. that has an abundant winery and a barrel shop on the same premises."

Cooper's Oak Winery in Higbee hand crafts both barrels and wine.

Dale: Oone of these barrels will hold approximately 300 bottles of wine."

Workers cut the wood, and let it age outdoors for two years....then, comes the fire....

Dale: "The oak fire is very important, the first heating of the fire makes the wood pliable..."

And the second heating, adds a little something for you

Dale: "You will put the toast on there for the effect for the certain taste of wine that you like in it"

But the added taste doesn't come from just any type of wood....

Dale: "North Central Missouri has a lot of white oak that is compatible with alcohol, with the aging of alcohol"

White oak, that brings green paper

Dale: "When you figure out the timber that gets harvested, it can be a million dollar industry"

And what's made in missouri, stays in missouri

Today there are more than 90 wineries, 200 grape producers, and 1600 acres of vines in missouri alone.

"The business is just growing at a rate that is a little bit shocking to us"

Its that growth rate, thats pushing cooper's oak winery, to expand to another missouri town...Boonville.

Dale: "Tt has an interstate system that has about 7000 vehicles a day going by so they are ripe for a winery"

But the new location is going to be a little different from the barrel making one... It's also an event center.

Matt Kirby, Winemaker: "we just hope to sell wine and have a good time."

Jen ukutgbe, tasting room manager: "were going to serve some deli style lunch with sandwhiches and chips, and cookies and pies, and of course wine...You can't forget the wine."

The winery is in the old jc-penny building and it gets a little more attention

Jen: "main street, don't really need to say more than that, were right in the center of attention"

But will still have the same family feel.

Noah kirby, bus boy: "well my dad said i could work here as the bus boy"

Matt: "i started when i was ten, i guess i was ambitious, when you can go to work with your father everyday that's a bonus."

Dale: "you know its a small family business, and almost everyday of the week we have 4 generations of this family show up here and thats something worth for than money"

Noah: "umm i'm just waiting so i can get paid."

A paycheck that's a little delayed

Jen: "as you can see still a little bit of work to be done"

Just a little more work until missouri's wine industry grows again.

Starting with the log and ending in the bottle.

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