Over the years they came to have four children: Justine, Stephanie, Rick Jr. and Jaclyn, and the entire 50 acres was becoming difficult for the two of them to manage with a young family so they sold 24 acres to a neighbouring farmer. Around that time they also began to replant the farm in vinifera grapes, which were more suited to winemaking than some of the grapes that were planted on the farm when they purchased it. At the time, the grapes produced on the vineyard were sold to other local wineries. For many years, while the farm was in transition, Rick and Frieda also grew many different vegetables on the farm, and had an especially loyal following for their tomatoes. In fact, we still get phone calls looking for ‘Frieda’s Tomatoes’!
As the years passed the entire farm was transitioned into vinifera grapes, and gone were the vegetables and the days of Frieda’s Tomatoes. In 2000, after many years of being in the grape growing industry and watching the wine industry, Rick decided it was time to take a big leap and build a winery of his own. Construction for the winery, which at the time was unnamed, began in 2000 and was completed for an August 2002 opening of the winery – with both 2000 and 2001 vintages of wine ready for sale.
Rick and Frieda, with their family, decided to name the winery Caroline Cellars after their late mother and grandmother, who had always believed in them and supported all the hard work they had done on the farm.