Dreaming of a vineyard....after surveying this beautiful piece of property in Augusta, MO, Robert and Lou Ann Nolan have dreams of purchasing it.
In March of 2005, the 74 acres changes hands from its historic farm heritage to begin its transformation into a vineyard. Four varieties of Missouri grapes grace the hills of the new property; Chambourcin, Traminette, Norton and Vignoles.
As the vineyards begin to take root, the family starts to watch their dream sprout to life.
Bob and Lou Ann finally start to see the vision coming alive as the vineyards produce higher yields of fruit. As the vineyards mature, the late spring frost of 2007 claims much of the Chambourcin crop. What remains produces part of the first vintage of Noboleis wines.
The old Mulberry Tree quickly becomes the focal point as it perches on the hilltop keeping a watchful eye on the vineyards below. As grape growers, Noboleis fruit is sold to local wineries for their use. Plans for an onsite winery have begun to take shape while Bob and Lou's four kids help in different ways to support their vision.
In January 2009, ground breaks on the new winery that will produce and bottle all of the surrounding vineyards into wine. Local winemaker, Brandon Dixon, joins us and helps shape the vision of the winery; he even lends a hand with the some of the finishing work.