Farm & Vineyard
"Honoring the Past While Molding the Future"
RECENT HISTORY OF THE LAND
For most of the last century, the Cohodas Farm and later Lakeview Orchards was a showcase farm in the county and in the state. With its close proximity to Lake Michigan and high relative elevations (up to 900 feet above sea level in places), the farm was perfect for fruit production. Given these perfect conditions, a wide variety of fruits were grown since the early 1900s. Most people in the area have some experience picking the cherries, apples, peaches, plums, raspberries and other fruits and vegetables that came from the orchards and fields. In 2005,
Cliff Boomer, fruit grower, real estate developer and Founder of Douglas Valley Vineyard Community, began exploring the viability of buying and renovating the farm.
After making the decision to purchase the property, Cliff wasn't sure what to do with it, but the land was so special he knew he had to purcahse it. Based on this decision we set out to develop a new plan to keep the property as a farm while adding components that will enhance economic viability. With the size and history of the farm, adding to its exceptional fruit producing capabilities and natural beauty of the surrounding area, we felt strongly that we could create a truly special place!
PRESENT & FUTURE OF DOUGLAS VALLEY
Douglas Valley will emphasize the terroir–the "place" in wine language–the land and weather that characterize the fruit grown here. Clean Lake Michigan air, vigorous winters and warm summers not only add charm and diversity to the living environment, but richness to the soil–and of course the wine. Sustainable methods will enhance the life of the soil. Many of the vines and trees selected for growth, were the same grown on the land 100 years ago. Sustainable, green building will also be a key feature in the real estate development and planning of this community.
Douglas Valley harvests cherries, blueberries, apples and of course wine grapes. During harvesting months we have a Farm Market overflowing with local vegetables including tomatoes, green beans, onions, peppers, zucchini, squash, fresh herbs and beautiful flowers OFF THE FRONT PORCH OF OUR OWN FARM MARKET.
At the very heart of this development is the vineyard, where 8000 vines of Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir,are planted. Our first "harvest" of these grapes is expected in Fall 2009. Click here to visit our tasting house
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