After we purchased the land and moved onto it in the fall of 1978, we made grapes the first crop planted on Hickory Hill Farm in the spring of 1979. These young vines were grown for us by Margaret’s father, Chester Wenger, grown from cuttings from his own vineyard.
Grapes are a family tradition in the Wenger family. Margaret’s grandfather, A.D. Wenger, had large grape plantings at Chesapeake (Fentress), VA and at Afton mountain on the Blue Ridge near Waynesboro in the early 1900’s. Several of A.D. Wenger’s children carried on the grape growing tradition including Chester Wenger in Lancaster County, PA and Paul Wenger and his son David in Augusta County, VA.