|COUNTS HOLLOW VINEYARD
|The vineyard idea soon blossomed into a winery. In 2006, we added an adjoining 80 acres to our retreat. It's
on this new addition that we've broken ground for our winery building. It will be built with local materials, as
much salvaged as we can manage, and with as little disruption to the surrounding ecology as possible.
|My paternal grandfather Arno was an early and significant influence
for me. He grew up on a farm, so when he moved to St. Louis City as
an adult, he always kept a garden. Not only was he kind to every
person he met, he was also the kind of man who had the squirrels
eating right out of his hand. He taught me my love of growing and to
respect all living things. In large part because of my grandpa, I
started my own garden the minute I had my own yard.
After college I began working as an accountant and auditor. And
while I worked hard and succeeded, I did not feel fulfilled. Thus
began a string of night classes on everything from Chemistry to
Ecology. Looking back, it seems perfect preparation for Counts
Hollow. But I guess that's what happens when you follow your heart.
The joy my grandfather cultivated years ago has born wonderful fruit
with the creation of Counts Hollow. So it is in tribute to him that our
finest wines will bear the name of Château Arneaux.
|This is my daughter Elena
and I. I've always taught
her to respect nature,
conserve, recycle, etc.
Pretty sure most of it goes
in one ear and out the
other, as shown by the
above expression, but
every once in a while she
proves me wrong.
All in all, I'm so proud of
the person she has
become. I'm grateful that
we have such a close
relationship, and that our
little family business really
is a family affair!
St. Louis, MO
University of MO-StL
VESTA - Enology
U of KS -
SLCC - Horticulture,
Merv's Drum Kit
|Merv's both the brains and the brawn of the building process, in addition to his role as Counts
Hollow viticulturist. Using his extensive background in carpentry, building and fine art, Merv
created the plans for the winery, which will be built using local materials. He runs our own saw
mill located on-site at Counts Hollow. Most of the lumber used in our winery building will come
from trees that have been cut to make way for the vineyards and winery.
|OLD WORLD TRADITIONS IN A
Growing up Mennonite is likely the basis for Merv's love of nature,
respect for natural methods of tending land, and his wide array of
Although he moved to the city about 20 years ago, he hasn't lost
touch with the way he was taught to tend crops. Serving as Counts
Hollow's viticulturist, Merv combines the best of old traditions and
new technology for our vineyards. As with his carpentry and
furniture, he is very hands on with the vines, watching them closely
to evaluate their needs.
15 yrs drumming
(arguably one of the
best in town) and
singing with more
bands than can be
The Ransom Note
& Peck of Dirt
2 YrsFine Arts @
DENISE LEBEGUE & MERV SCHROCK
|Later he'll be hand-crafting the
interiors and furniture for the
winery and Bed & Breakfast
cabins. And entertaining guests
with easy conversation and
maybe a song or two.