Under its new ownership, the Greenbank Farm Wine Shop is now offering a broad variety of wines and hard ciders.
“I’ve done wine tours and have friends in the wine industry,” said owner Hollie Swanson. “We have expanded the selection and are working towards an online store with shipping capability.”
Swanson, in partnership with her parents, Gerald and Teresa Swanson, assumed ownership of the Greenbank Farm Wine Shop Oct. 29 and opened for business the following day, Oct. 30. The Swansons are long-time residents of Puget Sound, with Swanson on Whidbey Island and her parents in Port Townsend.
Swanson said she has always had a love of wine. When she heard that the Greenbank Farm Wine Shop was for sale, it seemed like a great opportunity to do as a family business. The Swansons discussed the possibilities and decided this would work well for them.
Historically, the wine shop has been a staple of the Greenbank Farm since the days of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s ownership of the farm. Since the Port of Coupeville took over ownership of the farm 18 years ago, the farm and the wine shop have been run by the Greenbank Farm Management Group.
The Greenbank Farm Management Group saw its major role as fundraising and maintaining the feeling of the farm. Viewing the wine shop as a potential small business, they decided earlier this year to seek a buyer who was interested in building the shop as a business. They placed an ad in Drewslist.com and looked for a new owner for six months before the Swansons contacted them.
In September of this year, the family completed negotiations with the Port of Coupeville, which will be managing Greenbank Farm in 2016, for a one year lease with an option to renew.
Under the new ownership, the Greenbank Farm Wine Shop is offering a broad variety of wines and hard ciders. Wine lovers will find more varietals from local wineries, a extensive line of wines made from organic and biodynamically grown grapes (excellent for people who are sensitive to sulfites) as well as, fruit wines, dessert wines, hard ciders, and the well-known loganberry products. Most of the wines are in the $15 to $35 range.
Other new items featured at the shop include chocolates from Sweet Mona’s of Langley and the Port Townsend Chocolate Company, and a line of jewelry, hats, scarves and other gift items.
The wine shop, which is in the main building at the Greenbank Farm, is open seven days a week during the holiday season, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Nov. 20 to Dec. 24. After the holidays, winter hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
To get more information about the wines available at Greenbank Farm Wine Shop give them a call: 360-222-3797 or visit their website here.