When it comes to making wine, timing is everything.
Steve and Bonita Patton say now is the time for their Post Town Winery to step it up to the next level.
The Pattons are growing about 2,000 grape vines on four acres near Byron's Oxbow Park. Since regulations wouldn't allow them to build near their vineyard, the couple have been making a variety of wines at a facility in Byron.
However, that site was not large enough to accommodate retail sales or a wine area.
Now Post Town is uncorking the next stage.
The company closed on the purchase of a business condo in the Plaza 14 commercial center at 4481 North Frontage Road N.W. in Rochester.
"This is step two in building up our business," says Bonita Patton.
Once the new facility is up and running this summer, it will give Post Town the room to more than double wine production to more than 2,000 cases a season, says Steve Patton.
When the new Rochester site opens, the Patton will introduce a new dark wine called Marquette, described as similar to a Pinot Noir wine.
Expect Post Town's new site to be open for tastings and wine sales at least part of most weekends this summer.
Once the details are worked out, the company will post a schedule on its website.
Mike Haley of Braasch Commercial Real Estate handled the deal to place Post Town Winery in the Rochester space.