Weatherford Democrat

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June 22, 2014

New tasting room

What started as a simple wine kit for a Christmas present has resulted in a beautiful winery north of town.

The owners of Sweet Springs Winery, Cindy and Ronnie Mittelstedt, are in the process of opening a tasting room at 215 N. Main St. in downtown Weatherford over the next few weeks.  A “soft” grand opening is scheduled for sometimes between June 28 and July 1 for friends as well as city and county officials with the official opening for business to be sometime after the July 12 Peach Festival, Cindy said.

Cindy said in anticipation of the big event, a wine tasting will take place at the Peach Festival at their booth located on York Avenue.

Once the couple first began growing grapes about three years ago and making wine, it became very popular among their friends. Wanting to bring their wine-making to the next level, they looked for a mentor and found it in the person of Gene Estes of Lost Oak Winery of Burleson.

“He told me that he thought I liked to grow things,” Ronnie Mittelstedt, who also is the construction contractor  building the tasting room downtown, said. “I’ve always been amazed by grapes and how they related to people. The more distinguished the grapes I have found accounts for better wine.”

Having the winery flows smoothly in with the couple’s bubbly personality, as the couple sees the winery as a way to give back to the community and have fun doing it at the same time. Mittelstedt says his wife has always liked pairing wine with food. Mittelstedt said what makes her day is seeing her guests respond and enjoying their food and beverages.

“We want to make wine for people to be able to sit down and enjoy,” Mittelstedt said.

Sweet Springs winery focuses on sweet and semi-sweet wines and will be making special event wines in the near future for such days as Valentine’s Day, Cindy said.

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