Echo Bay Vineyards
Welcome to Echo Bay Vineyards.When the Kenyon’s bought the property in 1967, the former owners had torn out an aging apple orchard and the land was left fallow. In 1978, they planted alfalfa first and a mixture of grasses to raise a few cattle and chickens. A large house was built in 1989 with an apartment on top for them and communal living quarters for the family below. Their 4 children (3 sons + 1 daughter) and their grandchildren would spend the summers here and commute to work.
In 2013 their daughter Kathy and her husband Mark Rufiange felt that they had the time and energy to plant a vineyard in their retirement, and her brothers supported them. Kathy and Mark’s daughter, Kelsey, took a keen interest. Kelsey graduated from Lincoln’s Viticulture and Oenology program and has worked in vineyards and wineries in New Zealand, Sonoma, and Australia before returning to Echo Bay full-time working both the vineyard and winery.