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One Taste at a Time

Value Added: Just outside of Fairview, Okla., the Flaming family’s orchard and winery is growing clientele, one taste at a time.
One Taste at a Time

One Taste at a Time

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Show Details

Show 1426: One Taste at a Time
Air Date: June 29, 2014

 

Transcript

Rob McClendon: Well, just down the road from where we are here, in the heart of wheat country, is an orchard and winery owned by the Flaming family. Our Courtenay DeHoff gives us a taste of Plymouth Valley Cellars.

Courtenay DeHoff: Early spring means pruning in this orchard just outside of Fairview.

Dennis Flaming: As things become tougher in the wheat market and the income was less, rather than selling the farm, we were looking for something to do to diversify to stay on the farm and to try to make a living.

Courtenay: Here in the heart of wheat country, Dennis and Elaine Flaming have opened Plymouth Valley Cellars.

Dennis: Production is the key to anything; if you don’t have something to sell, you can’t make any money.

Courtenay: Production that relies heavily on ground that is bad for wheat, but ideal for grapes, according to Elaine Flaming.

Elaine Flaming: This was all wheat land, and there was about five acres in this, where we’re sitting in right now, that was very sandy, poor soil. The rest of the ground was very good for wheat production, alfalfa production; we tried all kinda different crops on this, and it would just grow weeds. As we start learning more about the grape industry, we needed poor soil with a, where the water would drain; we thought we’d just try it. So we planted our first 100 vines in 2000, and then each year thereafter, we added another acre and have a total of 4 1/2 acres.

Courtenay: Starting their fourth year in production, the winery doesn’t offer just wine.

Elaine: This just kind of grew out of just listening to the responses from the public. The building that we started out in is what we now call our Country Stay. You can spend the night. It’s not such as a bed and breakfast because I’m not sure that I want to get up every morning and cook a breakfast for someone, but I will prepare a casserole that will be in the refrigerator. We also put in four RV spots, and that has been very good for the snowbirds going through in the fall and also in the springtime and even the summertime. RV is catching on and, any age from young to old is now RV-ing, and they see a sign where they can park for a day or two and enjoy the vineyard.

Courtenay: While the winery offers a variety of things, it still is truly all about the wine.

Dennis: I make my wines in what I call a German style, which is slightly sweeter than the Italian and French wines, which seems to be more palatable to the people in this area since we’re not a true wine drinking part of the country like the East or West Coast is, but -- so I’m trying to make something that my customers like, and so far, we’ve sold wine clear to California and Oregon and the East Coast and down to Texas and clear to North Dakota.

Courtenay: Growing clientele, one taste at a time, just outside of Fairview, Okla.

Rob: Well, as everyone was loading up for their next destination, I caught up with Coordinator for Agritourism in Western Oklahoma Lori Coats.

Rob: Well, Lori, we’re here on a nice, warm and certainly windy, early spring day, but it’s been a fun day getting to see all of these various locations here in northwest Oklahoma.

Lori Coats: It has been a wonderful day. We’ve had a nice turnout for the bus tour this time around, and the wind usually blows in western Oklahoma.

Rob: What are some of the strengths of western Oklahoma tourism?

Lori: One of the strengths in the agritourism program in western Oklahoma is the networking that takes place out here. Obviously the population is significantly less than in the northeastern side of the state, and the distance between our attractions is greater. So, therefore, the people here tend to network very tightly together and help drive consumers to each other’s businesses.

Rob: Now, this is our fourth Rolling Agritourism Bus Tour, and there’s going to be one more. Tell us about it.

Lori: Yes. Our final one concludes our workshop, our rolling workshop series, it’s in northeastern Oklahoma, and it will be featuring all of our orchards and the you-pick berry farms.

Rob: And someone can find out about the dates and all the locations at?

Lori: On agritourism.travelok.com.

Rob: Well, all right. We certainly appreciate that. Now, we have a link on our website as well at okhorizon.com.

Rob: Well, if you’d like to see more agritourism stories from our recent trips around the state, simply head to okhorizon.com and click on this week’s value added.