Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Tuscarawas County, a new winery is expected to open in the spring of 2010.
Michael and JoAnn White, owners of Seven Pines Alpaca Farm, just outside of Newcomerstown, will be opening Yellow Butterfly Winery. The Whites, along with their staff, will be offering couples, groups of friends, families and motorcoach groups a relaxing experience set in the natural setting of Blue Ridge Road.
The winery will be located in the beautifully-restored and updated 87-year-old barn with two levels as well as outdoor decks to accommodate every type of visitor. The first floor will be handicap accessible and there will be bus parking on-site.
Yellow Butterfly will also offer educational experiences. Visitors will be able to enjoy wines made on-site while observing Crias (baby alpacas) romping and playing in their nearby enclosures. The first floor will feature an exhibit to educate visitors about the wine-making process. Outdoor picnics will also be a choice available to visitors.
A separate building will be added with a kitchen and a small gift shop. Besides wines, the gift shop will also feature Alpaca products.
The winery will have food service available Fridays and Saturdays, as well as available meeting space.
Rick Lindsay, project manager, said they will have four to five different types of grapes planted on-site and they will be making their own wines once the grapes have been cultivated. A wine maker has been hired and initially they will feature wines made from juices to allow proper time to plant and cultivate their own vineyards.
Long-term plans include RV parking and overnight camping, weddings on-site at a featured gazebo or similar setting to accentuate the ponds near the winery.
A Web site featuring the winery is in production, however, the Web address for Seven Pines Alpacas is www.sevenpinesalpacas.com.
(Information obtained from the Tuscarawas County Visitors & Convention Bureau.)