A wooden vineyard in California that makes wine for home use has been given a new lease of life thanks to an old friend.
The wine rack was made for a home in Marin, California, by woodworker Marla Otero and her husband, who decided to donate it to the local community.
“I’ve been a big wine guy my whole life and have always had this little dream to create something that would inspire people to create wine,” said Marla.
“So it was a natural thing for us to donate a wine rack to the community.
The couple wanted to create a winery to share the joys of wine making with their children.”
The wine racks were made from a local tree and are currently on display in the wine shop of the Marin Wine and Spirits Guild.
The Oteros have a long history in the industry, owning and operating their own vineyard.
“It’s been around for a long time, and we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to create wineries and wineries for people who would never get to do that,” said Tom Oteroz, the Oteroso brothers.
“We have a very small, family business, so when we needed something for the community, we just thought it was something we should help out.”
Marla and Tom Otez were looking to raise money for their small winery in order to purchase an old wooden wine drum, which was donated to the Marin winery.
“For some people, it’s their first experience with wine,” Tom Otesz said.
“This is a way for them to experience it, but they don’t really know what it is.”
The Otezes were able to donate the wooden wine drums to the winery, which is using them to make wine for its members.
“The wood itself is a lot of fun to work with,” said Oterozo.
“You can sit in the middle of the rack and listen to the wine making process, you can even see the grape skins and how it was grown.”
“It was just such a great thing to donate,” Tom said.
“We’re really happy to have something to share with the community and to do something for people.”
Marina Wine and Distilling, a winemaking company based in New Zealand, also made a donation to the Oteos.
“What we love about this wine is that it is organic, has no chemicals and is still being made on the vine,” said Matthew McInnes, the company’s managing director.
“Our goal is to help the community achieve its dream of becoming a winemaker by helping them to create quality wines that are available to the public.”
Marino Wine and Brewing Company has been making wine for about 15 years, but it was only recently that they were able the wood for their wooden wine racks.
“In the past, when we were just making the wine, we were using wood that was from a wood-fired stove.
So it was pretty much our own little house on fire,” said owner Michael Oteoz.”
But we decided that if we were going to make this work, we’d like to give it back to the people of Marin.”