We had the good fortune of connecting with Bill Prewitt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bill, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I first fell in love with wine when I was a young boy in South Dakota and my grandfather would make Elderberry Wine on his farm every year. He would keep it in an earthen basement, and my brothers and I would sneak down there when he was on the tractor working the land, would take an old rubber hose, push it down into the wine, and of course take tastes from the barrel. I thought it was excellent. Flash forward 30 years, and I always wanted my own business, and a winery and a vineyard was at the top of that. I have just enjoyed making wine, and when I retired from the corporate world as a microbiologist it was the perfect opportunity to do what I love. My wife, Christie, and I chose this location when we were taking our son back to Colorado State University in Fort Collins. We saw the land with lake frontage water rights for sale, we were looking for a place for the vineyard, and it was perfect. Now we have a view of Rocky Mountain Nation Park, a lake, and plenty of room for vineyards.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an owner of a winery I have tremendous young people working for the company, and I tell them the result I want and they perform the work. This gives me the opportunity to do what I love, which is work in the vines and work on the wine blends.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In the Berthoud area, I would take them to City Star Brewing, Berthoud Brewery, Ko-fe House, Granda’s Cafe and RISE Artisan Bread Bakery and Cafe. And, of course, give them a tour of our vines and gardens, and taste some delicious wines.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My beautiful wife of 50 years.
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