Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 30

Wine,
COUNTRY &

ROCK N' ROLL

Wine and music come
together at Black Silo Winery

Jean Hottes samples a glass of Black Silo Winery wine. The winery near Trenton produces a dozen different varieties of wine made primarily from grapes grown at the Trenton winery.

by Paul Newton | pnewton@ruralmissouri.coop

J

festivals or something to get people here. It kind of started as a battle of the
bands and evolved into a much bigger scale where it's now a full-blown music
festival."
The idea for the first Mid-America Music Festival was hatched in January
with the lofty goal of hosting the event in July. In those seven months they
secured enough musical acts to fill Friday evening and all day Saturday. More
than 1,200 people attended in 2017 and Jenn says they received a lot of positive feedback.
This year with nearly twice the lead time, the festival is even bigger. Scheduled for July 27-29, there will be two full days of music with a pair of stages
for the 15 bands who hail from across the country. Friday will be dedicated to rock and blues and Saturday features country and bluegrass. Black
Stone Cherry headlines the festivities on Friday with country singer Uncle
Kracker taking top billing on Saturday.
Booking bands and dealing with logistics is something that has
come easier the second time around. "It's just a process trying to
deal with so many different groups to get it all planned," Jenn says.
"Then you want to book bands on the same day that are similar
and tie into each other."
In addition to the music there will be food trucks, vendors,
hot air balloons, camping and more. Tickets range from $49 for a
one-day general pass to $145 for a two-day VIP pass.
The event is more community focused in 2018. "Basically, we've
kind of changed gears this year. Not only do we want to give everyone a great
weekend and bring something to the area, we want to benefit the community
as well," Jenn says.
Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Green Hills Women's Shelter
through the nonprofit Black Silo Foundation. With the help of Barnes-Baker
Automotive in Trenton, a new Ford F-150 was raffled on June 30 to one of the
100 people who donated $1,000 for the Ultimate Festival Experience.
"A lot of the local business owners have done the Ultimate, regardless if
they want to come themselves or give it to an employee," Jenn says. "They
want to be part of it and help a good cause."
Jenn says having those relationships with people and businesses around
town is one of her favorite parts of life in Trenton.
"When you live in a big city you don't really know anybody," she says. "You
just do your thing, go on with your life and have a few friends. When you're in
a small community, people know each other and everyone pulls together. It's
a pretty good feeling."

enn Hottes and Duane Urich won't let a learning curve get in their way.
The husband-and-wife team had on-the-job training when opening their
north Missouri winery and a lot of trial and error helped them pull off a
successful new music festival this past year.
For five years, the couple has built Black Silo Winery in Trenton into a destination for locals to relax and celebrate occasions big and small as well as create events - such as 2017's inaugural Mid-America Music Festival - to bring
more and more people to Grundy County.
Starting a winery in rural Missouri was an itch Duane -
who is a cargo pilot - had to scratch. He grew up in nearby
Laredo and spent 25 years living in California while with the
Army and got to visit some of the state's thousands of wineries.
Trenton
"It's just always been a dream. We like to stay busy," Jenn
says. "I had worked in a tasting room in St. Louis during the busy
season, but we didn't have any formal training. I had tasting room
experience and he had tasting experience."
The couple met in 2002 and wed four years later. Not long after
the wedding they started plans to make their dream a reality. With
access to family close by, the couple settled on an old dairy farm
sitting on 17 acres on the east side of Trenton right on Highway 6.
"First, I thought 'sure, let's do this. It sounds fun,' " says Jenn. "It is fun, but
it's a lot of hard work. The vineyard is constant."
They started planting in 2010 with just 1 acre. While the grapes were maturing, the couple would buy grapes to supplement the product their winemakers
would churn out. They started adding an acre or two per year, surrounding the
namesake silo near the tasting room. Currently, the vineyard takes up 7.5 of
the now-70-acre property and yields most of the grapes for the nearly dozen
different Black Silo wines.
One of the most popular wines at Black Silo is the Silo Mist. The semi-sweet
white wine is made with Vidal blanc and Vignoles grapes. "It's not quite a Moscato, a little less sweet," Jenn says.
While Duane had roots in the area, it was all new to Jenn who grew up in
southern Illinois before moving to Memphis and St. Louis. "At first it was a lot
different from St. Louis and I made lots of trips back," she says. "It's funny,
when I left home in 1993 I was never going to go back to a small town. As you
get older those feelings change."
Jenn has ingrained herself into the region. She currently sits on the Trenton
City Council and serves as chair of economic development. This past year, the
For more information on Black Silo Winery call 660-357-2208 or visit www.
couple took on a new task of creating an event to support the community.
blacksilowinery.com. For more information on the Mid-America Music Festival
"We always wanted to bring something to the area that is new or differvisit www.midamericamusic.com.
ent," Jenn explains. "We're always brainstorming and we had thrown around

30

RURAL MISSOURI | JULY 2018


http://www.blacksilowinery.com http://www.blacksilowinery.com http://www.midamericamusic.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - July 2018

Contents
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - Intro
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - Cover1
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - Cover2
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - Contents
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 4
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 5
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 6
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 7
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 8
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 9
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 10
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 11
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 12
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 13
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 14
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 15
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 16
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 17
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 18
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 19
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 20
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 21
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 22
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 23
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 24
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 25
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 26
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 27
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 28
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 29
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 30
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 31
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 32
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 33
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 34
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 35
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 36
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 37
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 38
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 39
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 40
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 41
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - 42
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - Cover3
Rural Missouri - July 2018 - Cover4
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202105
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202104
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202103
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202101
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202012
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202011
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202010
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202009
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202008
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202007
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202006
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202005
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202004
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202003
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202002
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/202001
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201912
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201911
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201910
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201909
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201908
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201907
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201906
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201905
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201904
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201903
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201902
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201901
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201812
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201811
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201810
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201809
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201808
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201807
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201806
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201805
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201804
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201803
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201802
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201801
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201712
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201711
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201710
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201709
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201708
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201707
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201706
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201705
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201704
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201703
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201702
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201701
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201612
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201611
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201610
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201609
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201608
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201607
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201606
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201605
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201604
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201603
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201602
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201601
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201512
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201511
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201510
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201509
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201508
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201507
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201506
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201505
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201504
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201503
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201502
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201501
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201412
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201411
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201410
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201409
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201408
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201407
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201406
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201405
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201404
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201403
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201402
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201401
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201312
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201311
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201310
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201309
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201308
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201307
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201306
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201305
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201304
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201303
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201302
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201301
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201212
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201211
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201210
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201209
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201208
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201207
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201206
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201205
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201204
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201203
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201202
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201201
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201112
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201111
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201110
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201109
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201108
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201107
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201106
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201105
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201104
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/videotest
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201103
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201102
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201101
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201012
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201011
https://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/ruralmissouri/201010
https://www.nxtbookmedia.com