Rusty Tractor Vineyards
Have you ever wished there was a vineyard, winery, tasting room and venue for private events all together right here in Little Rock? Well, wish no more because Rusty Tractor Vineyards is making it happen. Located just south of Colonel Glenn, Doug and Sheree Meyer, with the help of vineyard manager and winemaker Riley Mason, have made a dream come true.
Doug owns the commercial real estate business TerraForma. He also knows the business of tractors through owning Capital Equipment, which he grew into the largest dealer of Ford/New Holland Tractors, and sold in 2008. Now, his focus is on growing Rusty Tractor Vineyards. Rusty Tractor began as a muscadine vineyard, but quickly found a passion in the wine making process and wanted to expand.
“Doug and Sheree just fell in love with wine,” said Riley.
The vineyard now sits on an 80-acre property with over 5,000 vines. Rusty Tractor grows ten varieties of wine grapes, including the Cynthiana, Arkansas’s state grape. They also produce four to five varieties of muscadines and four to five varieties of table grapes.
Rusty Tractor finds pride in being a small farm winery producing less than 250,000 gallons, which makes up 95% of all wineries in the United States.
Riley has been working for Rusty Tractor for two years. He manages the harvesting, crushing, pressing, fermenting, fining, filtering and bottling of all wine by hand.
“Using machinery compromises the integrity of the grape,” said Riley, who graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Horticulture.
The process from harvest to bottle is about one year long. The vineyard produces all types of wine, including white, red and rose`.
Construction is currently underway on the tasting room and private venue aiming for a grand opening in fall of 2018. The tasting room will be open to the public and the private venue will be available for reservations of up to 30 people. There is also a wedding venue in the works, which will overlook the vineyard.
Follow Rusty Tractor Vineyards on Facebook for more updates on the construction process and look for invitations for the grand opening this fall!