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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, July 8 2015 7:52 PM UTC +00:00

About

The Dream...  

Imagine sun soaked days at the beach, locally roasted coffee in the morning, wine tasting in the afternoon and evenings around the fire pit, sipping handcrafted wine and making S'mores...this is The Winery at Manzanita Experience!

Notional courtyard design example
Notional courtyard design example
Fire pits we hope to purchase with your help
Fire pits we hope to purchase with your help
Fire pits we hope to purchase with your help
Fire pits we hope to purchase with your help
Artist rendition of the winery
Artist rendition of the winery

The Back Story...

Manzanita is a small, quaint beach town on the Oregon Coast, just 15 minutes south of Cannon Beach and an hour and a half from Portland, Oregon. With 7 miles of uninterrupted, dog-friendly beach, amazing sunsets, cute shops and tasty restaurants, it is a regular vacation destination for Portlanders and Seattleites alike.

A beautiful beach day with Annabel and Pinot!
A beautiful beach day with Annabel and Pinot!

Mark Proden, owner and winemaker, founded Bodhichitta Winery in 2009 while attending wine school, making small batches of wine (10-100 cases at a time) by hand in Salem, Oregon. He became interested in wine during his 11 years in the Air Force as a pilot and engineer, visiting Napa and Sonoma and eventually Oregon as Pinot noir grew in popularity here.  

Winemaker/owner, Mark Proden, sorting grapes at Crush (harvest)
Winemaker/owner, Mark Proden, sorting grapes at Crush (harvest)

He had been making his wines in a small, cramped space in Salem until the owner needed to sell the building due to medical bills. Since the current winery's location was no longer viable, he began looking for a new building, a location inspired by nature, that would allow for increased production while maintaining high quality. Manzanita came to mind, as Mark had made many trips there with his black lab Pinot, mainly for its long, dog-friendly, lease-free beach and awe-inspiring sunsets.

Pinot at sunset
Pinot at sunset

A Plan and Vision Begins to Form...

Over the last year, a plan and friendship began to form. Enter Charley Lostrom, a local real estate broker, landlord and developer in Manzanita. He and Mark began to talk about developing an empty lot Charley owned, right on the main drag on Laneda Avenue, across from Mother Nature's Natural Foods and next to the Pine Grove Community Center, just 2.5 blocks from the beach.

Outdoor courtyard with firepit
Outdoor courtyard with firepit

A vision of a cedar shingled 500 square foot tasting room, 2000 square foot production facility emerged, complete with a trellised courtyard with grapevines and romantic string bulb lighting, Adirondack chairs, fire pits, a glass roll-up garage door entrance, a glass viewing wall into the main production area, second floor two bedroom beach vacation rental and ocean view deck. 

 We will serve local, hand roasted coffee in the morning and offer wine tastings, flights, glasses and bottle service in the afternoon and evening. To accompany the wines, we will serve picnic lunches to go, hand packed burgers, brats, sausages, hot dogs and paninis at lunch and dinner. DIY S’mores kits are available to be assembled over the fire pits. We welcome families, wine aficionados and their dogs! 

Mark's wine dog and logo inspiration, Pinot!
Mark's wine dog and logo inspiration, Pinot!

Why We're Kickstarting...Turning a Dream and Vision into Reality

With the lease signed, construction of the building has just begun and the tasting room and winery are set to open Fall 2015. We need your help to turn The Winery at Manzanita vision into reality. You can be part of The Winery at Manzanita through your contribution. Be part of the beauty that Manzanita has to offer!

Our Kickstarter project goes beyond financial need. We are doing it to build community, a sense of belonging and ownership. This is your local winery and we want you to be part of it. Whether you visit Manzanita regularly or live here, we hope The Winery at Manzanita will be a gathering place for this coastal town, to enjoy coffee, food and wine among friends.  

What this Kickstarter Will Help Us Achieve...

The ambitious goal of creating such an open and giving space in the form of a courtyard, tasting room and production facility has prompted us to reach out to you for help! 

Of foremost importance is the purchase of a de-stemmer, press, additional tanks, barrels and commercial dishwasher, tasting room bar, chairs and fire pits to open come Fall 2015!

Oak barrels for reds
Oak barrels for reds

So why $55,000? Here’s the breakdown of anticipated costs: 

Tasting room build-out 

5 Wine Barrel Firepits: $10,000 

Commercial dishwasher: $3,000 

Tasting bar and chairs: $4,000 

 Increased production (from very, very small tanks, to well, small tanks!) 

1 Tank: $10,000 

5 Barrels: $5,000 

De-stemmer: $11,000 

Bladder Press: $12,000 

If we exceed our goal we will purchase 2 more tanks, which would allow us to come close to our full production potential.

Small tanks we'd like to purchase with your help
Small tanks we'd like to purchase with your help

The Future of The Winery at Manzanita... 

While $55,000 is a lot of money to many of us, the big wineries spend millions of dollars for their equipment and buildings. We are asking for your help for a small fraction of that. We intend to stay small and are committed to small batch wine production for one reason--quality! 

Thank you so much for your support! We couldn't do it without you!

Si Nae and Annabel enjoy a great day at the beach
Si Nae and Annabel enjoy a great day at the beach

Risks and challenges

A winery is a capital intensive business as a start-up. Many do not break even until Year 10 as a result. But we are passionate about what we do and doing something like making wine is a labor of love, even if it takes 10 years to break even. Hopefully, with your help, it'll be a lot less than that!

As with many things that are a dream, turning them into concrete reality can be a challenge. We have been making sketches, drawings, discussing interfaces, set-up and making comprises where we can to save money but not affect quality, workmanship or performance. The builder, architect and contractor have 40 years of experience in the real estate, engineering and construction business. Mark has 18+ years of managing projects/programs and executing a schedule. While we are realistic that there will be challenges and difficulties, we have at the same time, done our homework to ensure they are minimized as much as possible. Success = Preparation + Opportunity!

Post funding we will need to continue to provide great customer service and great wine to create and retain customers, as Manzanita is a destination that visitors return to on a regular basis. We must be creative, inventive and forward thinking with our products, services and advertising to build and maintain our customer base, as well as foster our relationships with other businesses and community, namely restaurants, grocery stores and lodging accommodations.

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Funding period

- (40 days)