A popular spot for weddings and festivals in eastern Nebraska took a big hit from Friday’s storm. Soaring Wings Vineyard and Brewery near Springfield is in need of a lot of repair. Owner Jim Shaw says they damage amount keeps going higher and higher.
He says, “The damage is a lot worse than I originally thought. We have massive damage to the vineyard. We are well over $400,000 in damage now and the insurance is only going to cover about half of it which is pretty depressing. We’ve been working with structural engineers to make sure the structure is safe and contractors on how we can replace our stage which was totally destroyed.”
Shaw says the stage is valued at about $70,000 and there is $10,000 in damage to delivery vehicles. There is damage to the winery and the vineyard itself. About 40% of the grape plants are a loss and they will have to replace the permanent stakes to support the plants. They will replant but it takes several years for the plants to get established and produce.
Shaw says the good news is they are open for business and hope meet all their obligations for upcoming events. He says, “We going to make the best of it. We will move forward. The business is open and we don’t want discourage people from coming out. We have some aesthetics things that aren’t right but we are going to make them right as soon as we possibly can.” Live music returns to the vineyard this Friday night.