Wine making was a hobby for Eric Preusse when he bought the land for Broken Creek Vineyard & Winery in Shrewsbury in 2011. Since then he’s grown more than 5 acres of fruit and grape vines, built a winery and expanded it.
But now him and his wife, who are both in their 60s, are ready to retire and travel.
“Both of us have a love for travel,” Preusse said. “It’s time to do it before we get too old and you can’t do some things you want to do.”
Preusse has been looking for a buyer for the Broken Creek Vineyard & Winery since 2020. They were “chasing the silverback gorillas through the through the bamboo forest” in 2019 when they knew it was time to let that dream go and race toward a new one.
The 40-acre winery property also has a 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom house on the property. It’s listed together for $2,795,000.
“The winery features two bright wine tasting rooms with classic tasting bars, gorgeous fieldstone fireplace, large porch and picnic area with spectacular views,” the listing states. “If that wasn’t enough, the property also offers a 4 BR, 3.5 bath, 2,495 sq.ft. home with a 2-car garage, covered patio and salt water pool, great for entertaining.”
The kitchen is spacious and “cabinet-filled.” And the main floor also has a two-way fireplace and a master suite.
“If you are looking for a new life style, then this is for you,” the listing states.
There is likely a limited number of people who will actually consider owning a winery, Preusse said. But the COVID pandemic has caused a lot of people to rethink what they want in life.
“We said, if nothing else, we might offer them an opportunity to look at something different that they may never have thought of before,” he said.
And of course, the new owners have to love wine.
“The perfect person is somebody that is is passionate about wine. I mean it’s a winery,” he said. “People are coming to taste the wines and they want to know that you’re passionate about what you do.”
Other perks include being your own boss and making your own schedule.
He also hopes the next owner can bring their own ideas to the winery, from getting their wines in restaurants to doing online sales.
“We’re looking for somebody that wants to come in here and say, ‘Look, you’ve started something great, but the upside is huge.’ And they have to have the vision,” he said.