Cyndy Keesee and Steffie Littlefield are sisters and co-owners of a 3rd generation cattle ranch turned vineyard, winery, and brewery. Their dream has been to revitalize the family farm with a new business that will add value to it for the next generation of women.
Not only are all four of their daughters involved in the business, but many other women in the community are helping to turn this dream into a reality.
Creating a vineyard and winery is exciting as well as demanding. The daily routines can run the gamut from working in the field planting, training, pruning and harvesting to working in the winery with up to 2500 gallons of product, managing a wedding and special event venue and of course waiting on customers in the tasting room.
Young women interns from both the Potosi High School and from the University of Missouri work in the vineyards to cultivate grapes that produce award- winning wines, help in the winery during bottling and work with customers to insure the best possible retail experience. For big jobs like planting and harvesting, groups of women volunteers from garden clubs or horticulture organizations have gathered to assist.
The four daughters are active in every aspect from wine making, vineyard tasks to marketing assistance with ads, labels and billboard design. The daughters’ latest project is assisting with yet more vintage building renovations for new vacation rentals/B&B houses on the property. Developing a new business virtually from the roots in the ground up to the store shelf is an all-encompassing task with different challenges every day. How fortunate to have so many talented women contributing to it’s success.