September 19, 2017

Neighbors Pressure KC WInery to Close

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.

See: Kansas City Winery May Be Forced to Close After Neighbor Complaints



About Mark Ganchiff

Mark Ganchiff is the publisher of Midwest Wine Press, the leading source of news on the growing wine industry in the central United States. Mark has been a wine judge at the 2012 and 2014 INDY International Wine Competition, the 2014 Cold Climate Wine Competition, the 2013 Mid-American Wine Competition, the 2012 Illinois State Fair Wine Competition and the 2013 Michigan Wine Competition. He also enjoys speaking at wine events including the Cold Climate Wine Conference, the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association Annual Meeting, the Midwest Grape and Wine Conference and the Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Mark’s articles about regional wine have appeared in Vineyard & Winery Management, WineMaker and several regional magazines.
Mark is a Level One Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. He lives in Louisville, but also has a residence in Chicago.