Reid’s Livery Winery lies deep in the heart of Alvaton surrounded by lush, green landscapes. Sounds of chicken calls, panting dogs who’ve grown tired in the warm midday sun and the faint melody of wind chimes fill the air.
Rex Reid sits on his front porch, white siding and a green rooftop framing his property, and reflects on the journey of his business as a small farm winemaker. Rex takes himself back to 25 years ago when he, then a blacksmith, and his wife of 36 years, Diane Reid, then a horse trainer, wanted to get involved in the community and began growing fruit on their farm to sell at the local market.
After a crop of bad berries, Rex was inspired to start making the fermented beverage that has led him to the business he runs today. With no prior experience in winemaking, Rex went to Barnes & Noble to find a book that would teach him all there was to know about wine.
To begin a winery, he had to start small and experiment with the processes of home winemaking, slowly collecting the necessary equipment over time. He started out with a one-gallon, plastic fermenting jug, a staple for beginners. Eventually upgrading to a blue plastic food grade bin which he now uses as storage, Rex has a much larger industrial vat that holds his products.