At Midwest Wine Press, we get occasional emails from people who are thinking about starting wineries. Our 2012 story So You Want to Start a Winery summarizes a winery owner panel discussion at the Cold Climate Conference. The message from the winery owners is clear: Pay special attention to local governing bodies.
According to reports from KSHB-TV, a seven year old Kansas City area winery with a 16 year vineyard will soon lose their special use permit for live music. Celeste Mikijanis says losing live music would be the end for the winery. However, the end of the report implies that building a structure to house the musical performances might result in a compromise with neighbors and county regulators.
If you’re thinking about starting a winery or adding live music, consider that how far sound travels is effected by wind, air pressure and temperature. Without something to block sound waves, they can easily travel two miles in the right conditions.