Wildcat on a Wing Winery:
Local artist and businessman, David Boone has done many things for a living from working on oil rigs in the West to creating beautiful birdhouses that he and his wife, Julie, have sold all over the country. They began selling their artistic birdhouses in 1989 at various shows and festivals around the country. At these shows they were able to meet other artists, blacksmiths, and craftsmen and the idea to create an art gallery was born. Their art gallery, Wildcat on a Wing was opened in 1996 and features original, handmade pieces from artists across the U.S. and Canada. Now they have expanded and have planted approximately four acres of vineyard and are constructing the first winery in Cherokee County. When completed later this year, Wild Cat on a Wing will feature a full winery, tasting room, and art gallery.
How long have you been in Cherokee county?
44 years now, my parents moved to Woodstock when I was nine years old.
I listen to a little bit of everything; a musician I really like is Mark Knopfler
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Things you enjoy after work:
Having a small business and now the vineyard our lives are pretty consumed with what would be considered work. Julie runs the gallery and I’m either in the vineyard or in the shop so it is always nice when we sit down together in the evening and catch up with what the other one had going on.
How did you get started?
I started a test vineyard six years ago with seven different varieties and chose the ones that grew the best and made the best quality wine.
Most challenging part of your job?
The learning curve of growing a new grape variety.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love being outside, staying busy and working with my hands and what I do allows me to do that.
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