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Rocky Waters Vineyard

Food and Beverage / Winery

2003 W Hanover Rd,
Hanover, IL 61041

(815) 591-9706

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Jared & Phyllis Spahn purchased 112 acres of land in Hanover, Illinois in 1994 and started a vine nursery with 3,600 grape cuttings in 1996. Roughly 95% of the cuttings took off and grew beautifully. The nursery was protected by an electric fencer, which was erected to keep deer and cattle away from the new vines. One weekend in late summer they tested the output of the electric fencer and found that it was barely putting out any voltage. A decision was made to take the fencer down to Peoria where it was purchased and get it repaired and re-install it the following weekend. Well, that’s all it took! The cows no longer heard the clicking of the fencer and instinctively knew there was no threat from the wires, so in they went right through the wires and between eating and trampling made a total wreck of the nursery. Out of the original 3600 cuttings only 300 came up the following Spring.