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Smith Honors Local Winery with Inaugural Entrepreneurship Award

Smith Honors Local Winery with Inaugural Entrepreneurship Award
(Miller/KNEB/RRN)

It’s been more than 10 years of labor for the owners of Papa Moon Vineyard and Winery of Scottsbluff, but accolades for their products and hard work have been rolling in as of late.

On Monday, Congressman Adrian Smith presented the family business owners with one of his inaugural Young Entrepreneur Awards, celebrating the efforts of young and rising leaders who strengthen their communities with their entrepreneurial spirit.

Co-owner Ryan Massey says the company is hitting their stride, and has plans to expand in the very near future. “We will be opening the first cidery in western Nebraska in a couple months ,” says Massey, “We’ve already had some ciders that have won Nebraska producer of the year at some international competitions. So, we’re excited to start making more, doing different type of flavors and that kind of thing.”

Massey says among the different offerings under consideration is a mead, and new flavors of wine such as rhubarb.

Papa Moon wines have won medals for a few years running at regional wine competitions, most recently a silver and a bronze at the 13th Annual Mid-American Wine Competition held in Iowa last month.

The winery will hold their 7th Annual Harvest Party starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 2, which will include grape harvesting, stomping of grapes and other wine-making related activities, plus food and music. The public is invited to take part in the annual ritual.

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