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MC Weekly

September 18, 2013

Oak Hill Winery celebrates 10 years in Converse

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On a typical week day, 30 or 35 people will stop in to taste the wines and chat with the women who work there. There’s a group of women who come in every Thursday for a Girls Club.

Not surprisingly, Oak Hill Winery is busiest on the weekends.

Betty Jo said the winery grows bigger with each passing year. Growth is good, she said. But it's becoming a lot of work.

"This is our moonlighting job," she said. "And we still do everything ourselves, just Rick and I. We get too much bigger, and I'll have to quit my job."

They spend a few evenings after work every week bottling, capping and labeling wines.

Betty Jo said she enjoys that, but talking to customers is still her and her husband's favorite part of the job. They get people who come in from all over the United States and beyond.

Rick said their customers are pretty loyal. That’s helped him and his wife stay in business for the past decade. It’s what’s going to allow them to retire in a few years.

He and his wife said they are thankful to have made it this far.

“We’re still here and alive and kicking,” he said.

Betty Jo could hardly believe that it's been a decade already.

"It has flown by," she said. "It's been fun."

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune education reporter, can be reached at 765-454-8585 or at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com

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