The Vineyards and Winery
Jim and Sherri Borton established Lincoln Way Vineyards, Inc. in 2008 after planting the first block of Vidal Blanc grapes in 2006. The vineyard was established with the support of Andy Troutman of Troutman Vineyards and Winery in order to supply wine grapes to Troutman’s rapidly growing operation. The day that Jim picked up the vines, Andy said, “Jim, you’re going to be a winery someday, you just don’t know it yet”. Jim’s reply, “let me make sure we don’t kill these vines before we talk about a winery.”
Jim and Sherri started making wine as a hobby soon after the first vines were planted. Each batch showed improvement and ultimately wines were receiving awards in various amateur contests, not to mention positive feedback from friends and family. Between them they have been awarded class winner, Grand and Reserve Champion, Honorable Mention, and various medals at local fairs to international amateur contests.
Fast forward to 2016, five (5) more acres of vines have been planted, and the abandoned warehouse, now the winery building, just down the road from the original vineyard, was purchased at auction. In early 2018, construction to convert the building to a winery began and the winery tasting room opened in late October 2018.
Today, along with their children, Alex and Arianna, and several full and part time staff, the Borton’s operate Lincoln Way Vineyards. Jim oversees the day to day operation of all facets of the company while, Sherri serves as the wine quality control chief, marketing manager and accountant. The kids both claim the vineyards and winery as their current FFA supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects. Alex works in the vineyards and assists with wine production (Cellar Rat) and Ari helps with wine production, wine analysis (Lab Rat) and business operations.