For the last five years Three Brothers Vineyard and Winery have been entertaining visitors at their Farnam, Nebraska tasting room. Officially launched in 2009, owners Gary and Ricky Sue Wach named their business for Gary’s grandfather Friedrich and great uncles Hermann and Otto. Gary’s leather working Germanic ancestors immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1885 and settled in Nebraska. Legend has it, the family traveled alongside portions of France’s famous gifted Lady Liberty.
Previous to embarking on viticultural horizons, Gary taught agriculture mechanics at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis. With Nebraska homesteaders in his family, local farming was in his blood. Having changed his dream from following in his grandparents footsteps of growing apples and cherries, he researched wine grape varieties that could withstand the harsh weather of Nebraska and embarked on new viticultural territory.
The quaint vineyard, begun as a retirement hobby, rests in previous cattle pasture. In 2002, Gary planted three varieties on the fertile acre plot. His meager beginnings have now grown to over 5-acres hosting ten varieties and an additional orchard on their complete 11-acre plot. Three Brothers grows a mix of red and white varietals including Vignoles, Seyval Blanc, Brianna, Traminette, LaCrosse, Frontenac, Landot, Rougeon, and Marechal Foch.
They offer free hour-long vineyard and production tours for both groups and individuals. They have a diverse list of vintages for every palate including seven whites and six reds. At $14 per bottle, their wines are thrifty and small batch favorites like their Vignoles and Rougeon sell out quickly. Others, like their 2010 Frontenac had advanced orders. They are located just off of Main Street near Farnam Reservoir and have frequent special events like movies, wine cooler evenings, concerts, and dessert and prime rib nights. Three Brothers is an important part of the community and forerunners in bringing wine enthusiasts and curious sightseers to the restful town.
Three Brothers is highly regarded by its guests as pleasant, leisurely, and relaxed with beautiful grounds. Their modern tasting room sits along a gravel parking area close to the vineyards. They have no tasting fees but for only a small cost frequently offer pairings. Their delicious evening meals fill up a week in advance. They work cooperatively as a complement to other vineyards in the area. Ever the intrepid vintner, they were part of the newly established Heart of Nebraska Wine Trail.