A tale of city slicker meets farm girl, John and Kay Gamet met in college and quickly discovered they didn’t want to be apart. Newlyweds, they settled in Ogallala where they raised their sons, spending much time on the family farm. Upon retirement, John, with the assistance of his sons Stephen and Patrick, started a now 10-acre vineyard on a farm near Roscoe, Nebraska.
5 Trails is a recent addition to the Heart of Nebraska Wine Trail, opening on the 75th anniversary of the end of prohibition in 2009. Overseen by their father, the Gamet boys and their families now run the daily operations of the vineyard, winery, and tasting room. As an agronomy and horticulture research technologist at the University of Nebraska, Stephen puts his knowledge to work in their vineyard while Patrick along with his wife run the winery and tasting room.
5 Trails, named after the five main trails crossing Nebraska (Lincoln Highway, Oregon, Mormon, Pony Express, and Texas) offers a variety of wines. Their handpicked varietals are carefully chosen for their ability to make quality wine in the uniquely challenging terroir. The Paxton, Nebraska soil is calcium-rich and very rocky producing highly acidic wines with low tannins. The large fluctuations in weather from year to year tend to vary varietals annually.
Pioneers of viticulture in the area, they use a machine to harvest their grapes.They grow and locally source LaCrosse, Cyuga, LaCrescent, Marechal Foch, Frontenac Gris, Frontenac, Vignoles, and Edelweiss. Their passion shows in their award winning vintages. Their Frontenac won gold and their Marachal Foch took silver at the International Cold Climate Wine Competition. They also have two specialty apple wines to be released in Fall 2015.
Don’t let its modern façade fool you. Their fun and entertaining tasting room in sleepy Paxton village has a comfortable and relaxing interior. It has an inviting fireplace and offers samples of all of their wines. They also host weekly Saturday night pizza parties and frequent art shows for the community. Their wines are available at many establishments and retailers across the state including co-op tasting rooms.
5 Trails Winery is a charming combination of urbanity and old-fashioned rural hospitality where family old and new means everything and fun is the goal. Their modern quirky style is highly desirable right now and unlike a lot of older wineries, they offer free Wi-Fi to patrons. They can also accommodate small holiday parties or special events. Tourists have a pick of numerous nearby historical and recreational attractions to add to their wine trail experience.