After a two and a half year career in commercial wine making, vineyard management, wine sales, tasting room host, and all around cellar rat work, he decided he needed to go back and get a real job for a while. So, over the last few years while preparing for retirement, Herb has continued his interest in wine and wine making and decided to build a small vineyard for our use and pleasure.
Joyce has spent the last 35 plus years working at a local bank as a vice-president and has recently retired, partially! She is currently working part time and spending a lot of time helping take care of one of our nine grandkids. Quietly preparing for Herb's retirement adventure into winemaking and lodging.
Over the last few years we have learned of Airbnb.com a website devoted to helping individuals offer rooms in their home for rent. As we mentioned earlier, Herb had always had a desire to run a bed and breakfast and we felt that this was a good way to see if it was for us. So, a few years ago, we started renting out our loft bedroom to individuals that were passing through utilizing the Airbnb.com site. We have found it to be very rewarding and we want to expand our offerings. We are hoping in the not to distant future, we will be building a new winery/bed and breakfast building that will offer rooms for rent as well as wine tasting.
Herb & Joyce are working hard to make their retirement dreams a reality and offer, to anyone that has an interest, our hospitality and friendship to anyone that would like to come visit.
Should you like to learn about wine and vineyards, he can do that to!
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We are Herb & Joyce McCaulla and we own Oak Haven Vineyard and Inn. It has always been a dream of Herb’s to run a bed and breakfast and make wine as he did as a child with his grandfather. It never occurred to him that someday he would have a vineyard of his own to work and play in, much less make wine.
Several years ago, the bug really hit and Herb started attending some of the Nebraska Wine and Grape Growers Association (NWGGA) meetings and field days here in Nebraska. Soon, he left his job and went to work for Soaring Wings Vineyard & Winery in Springfield. There he learned the commercial wine business from Jim & Sharon Shaw, owners, of Soaring Wings.