Vogel Family Vineyards Vines flourish on Galena family’s land
Ten years ago, Steve and Sheryll Vogel took a trip to Napa Valley.
Like millions of wine enthusiasts, they were impressed with the beautiful northern California landscape. Unlike many of those other visitors, however, they decided to try to replicate what they saw back at home – in Southeast Kansas.
“We went out to Napa and thought, ‘That’d be pretty on our hill,’” Steve says. “We thought we’d grow some grapes and that it wouldn’t be much trouble. It was a lot of trouble! But we decided to take a chance.”
The trouble was well worth it. Today, Steve, Sheryll and their son Phillip run Vogel Family Vineyards on 6.5 acres south of their hometown of Galena. As you turn the corner toward their home and vineyard, a sign proclaims that you’re in “Wine Country” now – and when you catch a glimpse of the scenery, there’s no arguing with that.
“We were traveling into Galena from the south, and we looked up on the hills and saw these rows of beautiful vines,” says Doug Gatewood, who moved to Galena a little more than a year ago with his wife – and has visited the vineyard several times since. “Seeing the rolling hills and the vineyard, it’s like you’re in Burgundy…”
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