Rural Missouri - November 2013 - (Page 8)

A local volunteer picks grapes during the last picking of the season at White Mule Winery, which maintains trellises of both Missouri and experimental varieties of grapes. White family aims toand Familyback on top Mules put Missouri wine Wine Schlottach A by Kile Brewer fter careers in business and politics, Charlie Schlottach did what felt right. He planted some grapes and started a winery in the tradition of Gasconade County's German settlers. With his family business, Charlie hopes to be involved in a wine revolution that would put Missouri back on the map as a great grape-growing region. Charlie's family is deeply rooted in the rolling hills and thick woods that his central Missouri home offers. The original property, across the road from the White Mule Winery, has been the backdrop for generations of Schlottachs. "I grew up right across the road. Our family has been living in this community since 1864," Charlie says. "Our kids are the fifth generation to grow up on the family farm." As a teenager, Charlie would visit his neighbors and help with the chores around their farm. He A main ingredient in White Mule's Mule Shine, Norton grapes have become the signature of Missouri's vineyards and a staple in fine Missouri-grown red wines. 8 remembers doing tough old-fashioned jobs like threshing with antique machinery. It was hard work, but it instilled the German mindset of hard work and determination into the young man. "My neighbor was a very unique individual. It was his father who had the white mules and kept a lot of old traditions alive," the Three Rivers Electric Cooperative member says. "I was always inspired by him. I just always enjoyed coming over here." After the property became available about 15 years ago, Charlie was quick to buy and put the first The winery's three white mules are an icon that stems back to the property's former owner, who was known for having white mules out in the paddock near the highway. WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - November 2013

Rural Missouri - November 2013
White mules and family wine
Helping our neighbors
A rolling tribute to freedom
Out of the Way Eats
Big man from a small town
Hearth and Home
Best of rural Missouri
Salvaging history
Around Missouri

Rural Missouri - November 2013