Whitetail Meadow Winery is owned by Deanna & Reid Haberer. We bought this property outside of Lowry in 2012. We started planting vines right away and have slowly expanded the vineyard. Deanna learned the basics of winemaking from her dad and the passion started immediately. In 2017 Deanna and her dad, Dale, had a trip planned for Alaska so we ended up throwing all the grapes from the vineyard into one fermenter and left for Alaska. Six months later we tried the wine but it wasn't quite ready. A few months later we tried the wine again and it was amazing. This was how we discovered the blend for what is now know as the winery's signature Antler Red. This is when the thought of opening a winery became an idea.
In 2018 I began experimenting with different wine recipes and different fruits. Kind of a trial wine year. I dove into reading many books about wine making to learn the art.
In July of 2019, the dream became a reality when Reid and I opened the winery. The first winery to open in Pope county. I continue to create new wines and play with different blends. That is my favorite part of the process. "Wine making is the perfect balance between artistry and chemistry."
We have a beautiful daughter who loves to help in the vineyard and the winery. I think her favorite part is sampling the fruit. It really is a family business. When it's time to bottle and label both of sets of parents all pitch in. The whole family is also involved with picking and crushing the grapes.
We currently do not have a retail space for tastings but have plans in the future to build a tasting room and a small restaurant. We are slowly expanding the winery and this spring we will be expanding the production area into the larger part of the facility and our current production area will become wine storage.