Terry and Sheila Steele spent the past three-and-a-half years building the business of their dreams.
The couple recently opened Steele Crest Winery at 2055 Highway Y, near Jackson.
The couple also owns Jackson Door and Window and couldn't bear to lay off their employees when the housing industry went flat, so they decided to put them to work creating a winery.
"I had to lay them off if I didn't do something, so I said, you guys help me build this winery," said Terry Steele. "Everything is handmade, even the chairs you sit on."
The three-acre winery features a 3,000 square-foot wine tasting and restaurant building with large decks featuring ample outdoor seating.
The winery is open for lunch and dinner serving brick over pizzas, kabobs, open face sandwiches, cheese platters, appetizers and more using only fresh ingredients, said Terry Steele.
Steele Crest offers five fruit wines, 7 white wines, iced tea wines, and six red wines.
Thirteen wines are available for free tastings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
Live music is also played each weekend in the winery's gazebo, which looks like a 1920's gas station decorated with vintage signs.
"I like seeing old things come back to life," said Terry Steele. "That's really my passion."
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