"The viticultural center is something that's important to both Gary [Cunningham, 3 Horse's vintner and co-owner] and I. We feel that there's a place and a need for it in the Eagle foothills, so we've been collaborating with several groups," said 3 Horse co-owner and vintner Martha Cunningham, adding that the partnerships have yet to be finalized.
- Courtesy 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards
Down the road, a program 3 Horse is calling "Custom Crush" is also on the itinerary. It will eventually give small brands or even individuals an opportunity to experiment with winemaking under the tutelage, if needed, of an "on-site personal winemaker."
"If you are a grape grower and you want to make your wine and you do not have the facilities in which to do so, whether it's from the grape all the way through bottling and labeling or just one portion of the process, we are able to offer a menu list of custom wine services, kind of on an as-needed basis," said Cunningham.
She said that once the expansion is settled, the vineyard also hopes to grow more grapes. Right now 3 Horse has 60 acres of planted vines, but Cunningham estimates they have the room and water rights to add an additional 300 acres over time. For now though, the construction project takes center stage.