Nestled in a beautiful horseshoe valley in Perry County, called The Cove, is where the magic takes place. I have lived in the Cove all my life, growing up about one mile from the property we call home. My husband, son and I have lived on this property for 30 years, within the home my husband built from the ground up, using trees growing on our property. This is also the home to the winery.
It all started in 1964 when my father, Marlin Woodward, purchased 6 acres, in the heart of the Cove, from Zip Barnett. My father’s dream was to create an apple orchard, so he cleared the land and started selling apples and making his famous cider. I recall as a child, Zip walking down the aisles of the orchard, talking to himself and always bringing a bag of candy for my brother, sisters and I, while we picked apples from the trees.
As the years passed by, the apple trees and my father grew old, and there wasn’t much time to keep up with the orchard or to make cider. The property was then passed down to my brother and I, and again passed on to my husband Bill and I. It has become our dream to plant a vineyard and make wine.
Over the years, Bill made wine as a personal hobby, in his spare time from his business, a portable saw mill. We didn’t take his hobby very seriously, until we were visiting a few wineries in NY. We were amazed at how well his wine making skills compared to the high end Wineries. From this point forward, we decided to give an orchard and winery a try.
We started out by buying grape juice from a winery in NY, to make our first batch, using our family and friends to taste test. Bill’s skills were proven worthy as everyone gave great reviews. It was such a success, our friends and family brought additional wine entrepreneurs to tryout his handy work. Everyone loved the wine and couldn’t wait for more! Over the years, friends and family would joke around with Bill saying, “Hay Buddy Boy” and one day, while drinking a glass of wine; Bill decided ‘Buddy Boy Winery and Vineyard’ would be the name of our new winery. The dreams took off from there and Bill started clearing the old apple orchards and after many long hours and help from our family and friends; the first holes were dug, the first posts were anchored in the ground, until the last wire was stretched across the rows of the new orchard. The first planting phase started in 2010, the second in 2011 and the final stage in 2012, completing the transformation from an old apple orchard into a beautiful grape vineyard.
Since our opening in November 2011, we built an additional large deck for events such as Weddings, Receptions, Party’s or any other personal occasion. We also host a weekly Saturday Night event; Dinner and Band starting at 6:00 pm.
So after turning a hobby into a dream, here we are opening a winery, Buddy Boy Winery! So please visit and bring your friends, to taste amazing wines, tour the property & vineyard, and enjoy the beautiful horseshoe valley, we proudly call home.
I promise you will not be disappointed!
See you soon,
William and Coreena Warner