The story of the winery is a long one, dating back to the dating days of Barbara and Joel, the owners of Unicorn Wine Guild, when they would stop and visit wineries on their travels. In fact, the purchase of a few bottles of wine in Canada was a highlight of their honeymoon recollections. (Ask them about it sometime. It’s really a funny tale.)
Over the years, they would visit wineries and enjoyed sharing their finds with family and friends. Then, one Christmas several years ago, they were given a home wine-making kit. The bug hit and it became a hobby, especially for Joel. Experiments followed and the spare bathroom came into use as we made what Barbara called “Bathtub Wine” as the wine was fermented in containers in the bathtub – where the containers could safely drain in case of accident. Joel began to think about what he wanted to do in retirement and the idea of the winery was born. The couple agreed to investigate the concept and spent many months looking at options, space and land. When a suitable site was found, it was also realized that it was a very large space.
So, Barbara allowed her dreams a voice and informed Joel that she had always wanted to have a tea room and provide the town with a meeting space brought about by her childhood memories and her work in the local woman’s club. She had also collected unicorns for years and the business was to be a gathering place for enthusiasts of wine and tea. Hence, Unicorn Wine GUILD. Why not Unicorn Wine and Tea Guild? Timing. The idea of a tea room surfaced after the name had been submitted to become a Limited Liability Company.
So, classes and seminars followed for both owners and the space underwent a MAJOR rehabilitation – Months and Months of rehabilitation. The winery became a topic of conversation throughout the town because Belpre is dry. Yes, dry. But, the winery is legal. Ask and they’ll tell you about it. There is space for patrons to make their own wine – especially nice for those living in tight quarters or who wish to try out the hobby without spending a fortune on equipment . There is space for the owners to make wine, space for dining and sales and space for future private seminar rooms.
After more classes and seminars both Joel and Barbara have earned the title of Gift Basket Professional and offer for you specially made gift baskets. Come visit and see our pre-made selections or let us design one for you.
A tea society, wine enthusiast gatherings, seminars and events are a part of the business as Barbara and Joel want to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with you. Come join the magic of the Unicorn Wine Guild. Because there is magic in every sip – no matter which beverage you choose.