New winery in an old place

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Woody and Catherine Woodworth are no strangers to downtown Monument. And their new business is not markedly different from their old business.

But it was still a bit of shock to see them tearing the front and one side off of their Washington Street address.

“We are building a production winery, tasting room, and cafe. With a patio for customers who want taste wines by the glass,” said Woody about a week ago as he was adjusting his mail box out front.

HiCountry Home Brew and Gifts, has naturally been involved in the wine-making business with production of wine from West Slope Colorado grapes crushes, in addition to grapes from California and Washington as well. The time has come to lean into it with improvements to their facility in downtown Monument.

“We have recycled almost everything,” says Woody. “The tin off the roof of the old barn, the majority of the wood, the concrete, everything.”

Parts of the original building will be preserved and restored, he says. Some of that building has been in place since the early 1880s.

“We found cut nails, and bottles and up top a corn cob pipe,” he said when they tor the siding off the front. There was newspapers in there from 1963, the last time they reconditioned this place.”

The distinctive wood floor in the main building will be restored and repaired, he says.

They also have a temporary entrance to the south of the building if the front is inaccessible.