grapes are locally grown and so is our vintner, Max Hoffman, who grew
up on the Pawnee County farm that’s been in his family for more than a
century. In 1973, he earned a degree in animal science from the
University of Nebraska and embarked on his first career as a farmer and
But Max didn’t spend all
his time farming. Home winemaking is a Hoffman family tradition dating
back to their Swiss and German ancestors, and Max shared their passion.
In the late 1950’s, Max learned the basics from an elderly Swiss
neighbor who made wine from grapes grown on his own two-acre vineyard.
Max made wine from whatever domestic or wild fruit was available. In
the late 1970’s, he planted the hybrid wine grapes Baco Noir, Foch, and
Cascade. His first bottle of wine from those grapes was created in
1982, and Max is still making wine from the original Baco Noir vines.