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How it All Started


Coffee & Questions


Catching sight of my coffee mug in the vineyard this morning brought me back to the genesis of this Oregon odyssey.  It all started with a cup of coffee.  And the question, "What if..." 

Kathleen and I have been sharing our morning coffee together for more than two decades.  One morning, on our deck in Kansas City, I asked, "What if we moved to Oregon to plant grapes and make wine?"  Always up for an adventure, Kathleen responded, "Let's answer that question.  Let's not live with an unanswered what if, especially when the answer could be so much fun!"  

Ayres Vineyard & Winery is our answer to the question we asked many moons ago.  Here we are, still asking questions and still sharing coffee.  

The what if questions have served us well along the way.  Or, perhaps, it is the process of answering those questions that has served us.  Don't be afraid to ask, don't be afraid to discover the answer, and don't be afraid to enjoy just one more cup of espresso!  


Brad McLeroy

Winemaker and Co-Owner, Ayres Vineyard & Winery