Who are We?

garyconnie_125.jpgGary Schaub and his wife Connie Tyson, live and work in Lake Oswego, Oregon, when they're not tending to the Kansas vineyard. Together they're enrolled in Chemeketa Community College (Salem, Oregon), where they're each earning a Certificate in Viticulture Management. They're members of Kansas Winemakers and Growers Association and are being mentored in vineyard management by Dennis Reynolds, owner and winemaker for Somerset Ridge Winery in Paola, Kansas.


John Alvey of Coffeyville is a grade school classmate of Gary’s and the Vitis Vinifera Inspector for the Vineyard. He is acting as the boots on the ground when Gary and Connie are not on site. Zakk Lumm also of Coffeyville, is the vineyard technician. R. Michael Still of Tulsa, is in charge of vineyard planning.

 

The “Family Secrets”

Fanelia_150.jpgGary’s grandmother, Fanelia Schaub, planted and tended a small vineyard of unknown varietals while her husband, Henry Schaub, was the winemaker.  Gary’s youngest living twin uncle and aunt Winnona Storm and Wayne Martin (now in their late 80’s) told of visiting the farm in the summers when they were children. As the norm, the youngsters were always sent to play far away from the adults. When they went home however, the adults always left with full clay crock jugs filled with...vino! This was all kept very quiet since national Prohibition still existed. Sadly, these vines no longer exist. Click here to see the full photo of winemakers Fanelia and Henry.

John Alvey, our Vitis Vinifera Inspector, also had a grandfather and father who were part-time bootleggers during national and Kansas Prohibition. Seemingly, there are exciting historical precedents for the Osage Springs Vineyard to continue and prosper against all odds.

About The Vineyard

A little over six acres of grapes were planted in the spring of 2012. The vineyard is separated by a spring-fed draw that leads to a creek lined with oak, pecan, and hedge trees.

The soil is Bates-Collinsville, a sandy loam. Sandstone and limestone bedrock begins about three feet below the surface. The land was part of a prehistoric inland sea, hence the limestone and sandstone.

The vineyard is on a 3-5 degree slope. The aspect is west to northwest. Rows are planted north-south.

Depending on the grape varietal, trellis systems are VSP Single Wire, Scott-Henry, and Geneva Double Curtain.

Budbreak should typically occur in early April, and harvest is usually the first week of September.

Vine spacing is five feet and row spacing is eight feet. Trellis height is five to six feet. Alleys are cultivated or native vegetation.

A drip irrigation system is used.


Osage Trusts Land Deed

landtrustdeed_150.jpgWhen the Osage Indians moved to Oklahoma in 1870, Gary Schaub’s great grandfather, Matthew Patchett, homesteaded the vineyard property. The original land deed was signed by Ulysses S. Grant’s Land Office Secretary on March 15, 1873. Click Here to see the original deed.


The Good Omen

horseshoe_125.jpgOn the very last day of planting, Wes Burdick, one of the Coffeyville Community College students who was planting, discovered a horseshoe from a draft horse buried in the dirt. It was extremely rusted but still intact. Considered to be a sign sent from Gary’s ancestors, the horseshoe was a blessing towards the completion of the vineyard. This good omen is now cleaned up and is located in a place of prominence in the vineyard. If it only could talk …

The Land

The original 160 acre homestead is now about 70 acres. Gary and his wife, Connie Tyson, have been converting it back to its native grasses and wild flowers. They are also providing wildlife cover. In 2001, about 2,800 trees and shrubs were planted as a wind break to wall in the preserve and two additional ponds were built. These offer shelter, food, and water for the wildlife – Bobwhite Quail, Eastern Bluebirds, American Goldfinches, raptors, deer, turkey, foxes, coyotes, turtles, and other birds, mammals, and amphibians. The native grasses (Big Bluestem, Bluestem, Indian Grass, and Switch Grass), trees, and shrubs were planted through a NCRS Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP). The goal is to turn the land back to the original prairie that was here when the Osage Indians and buffalo roamed the land. It was on the trail that the Osages used to travel to their hunting grounds.

Another feature of the land is the water springs on the property. One large spring, with flowing water even in droughts, was right next to the original farmhouse. It was a central gathering spot for pioneer families to obtain fresh water, wash clothes, and catch up on news and gossip. The Osages knew it as a trusted water site, and they would often stare into the windows of the farmhouse after watering their horses. They would also pick fruit from the pear trees next to the house. The spring still exists on the land along with several others.

Gary’s ancestors worked hard growing grain crops (mainly wheat), watermelons, and raising cattle. Meanwhile, the Osage Indians discovered oil on their new land in Oklahoma and became the richest Native American tribe in the United States.

The land for our Osage Springs Vineyard was unbroken sod. It was only used for hay and cattle grazing. So, it was virgin soil, cultivated for the first time for the vineyard.

Coffeyville History

Coffeyville is infamous because of the Dalton Gang. They tried to rob Coffeyville’s two banks at the same time on October 5, 1892. The citizens arose and saved the banks’ money in a ferocious gun battle. At the end of the attempted robbery, four of the five Dalton Gang members were dead, along with four of the heroic townspeople, including the town’s marshal, Charles Connelly.

Gary’s grandmother, Fanelia, was driving a buggy to town when a person stopped her and told her to turn back. Why? Because there was a big gunfight going on in Coffeyville.