Backcountry Winery

Amber and Preston

Amber and Preston

Preston and Amber Gable decided one day they wanted to make wine.  They bought an acreage with an old barn, fixed it up, planted some vines and now they have this winery that has a grand opening next weekend.

Of course, that’s the short story – and it sounds pretty, lovely and simple doesn’t it?  Sometime in the future they may remember it that way. The real story is much more interesting!  They did indeed buy an acreage, and they spent many back breaking hours converting a barn that was ready to fall down into the show piece it is today.  You can read about the entire process on their blog at 


view of the tanks

Then there is the process of learning about growing the vines, finding the right juices to make wines now while their own vines grow, marketing their products, deciding when to be open and still work full time jobs and lead exciting lives as young people and be involved with wonderful families.

Their grand opening is Saturday, May 21 from 11 am to 6 pm.  They are located at 3533 Fenton Avenue, Stratford, Iowa.  It’s actually out in the country, but your GPS will take you there.  We are very excited because they will also be at JunqueFest this year!  So if you miss their grand opening, you can come to Webster City May 27-29 and sample their wine during our JunqueFest.


Event space

They have the loft of the barn available for events, parties, wedding receptions, class reunions and more.  It’s a fabulous space, holds between 150-200 people and I imagine dates will fill up fast!  Contact them by email, for rates and information.

I was paid nothing for this review, I was not asked to do this review, I’m thrilled to be able to support new business in our community! 


  1. Katy F. on May 16, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    What a fantastic place and addition to rural Iowa businesses!!

  2. Deb on May 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Wait until you go, you’re going to love it Katy!

  3. Karolee Dorsey 515 571 9568 on July 18, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I am planning a day for our red hat group,The Top Hatters.Aug 5,2016.morn or aft How long do we need to plan. fee? P lace nearby for lunch We have been to several But this seem interesting Seen in Ft Dodge Messenger Anything you can share would be great my address is 3136-8 ave south.Ft Dodge Ia 50501

    • deb on July 25, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Hi Karolee –

      I just saw this – and I’ve sent your request to the folks at Backcountry Winery directly. They can answer it much better than I can! For future reference, you can email them at and you can visit their website at Have fun – it’s a great little spot and I think you’ll just love it!