Winery opens in Van Alstyne, first for the city

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VAN ALSTYNE, Tex. (KXII) There's a new winery in Van Alstyne and it's the first business of its kind for the town.

Cooley Bay Winery is a new winery in the City of Van Alstyne.

Owner, Tom Busche, says its a business that's been in the works for years.

"To be the first winery anywhere is a little bit of a challenge. I had to get the ordinance changed so that I could have a winery."

Busche says they invested about $250,000 and are looking to hire about 6 new employees.

As of right now Busche doesn't make wine in the building but says he hopes to do start doing that by the end of this year.

Cooley Bay Winery currently offers different kinds of white, red and fruit wines.

"We came about a week ago and tried some of theirs and actually I was impressed with a local winery where I like several of the wines," said Dawn Adams of Sherman.

"I'd give it five stars, really relaxed, great atmosphere," said Kellie McNeir of Van Alstyne.

The building is on a one acre lot and will allow growth if they should ever need it.

"Kind of a modern, contemporary structure. some place that people would like to hangout."

Busche bought the abandoned AT&T communications building about four years ago and says it looked nothing like it does now.

Back in the 1990s, this building was hit by a tornado and was never repaired.

But Busche says it was exactly what he was looking for.

"The building is all concrete. Its got a concrete roof. It's perfect for wine making, it's an above ground cave so that's exactly what you're looking for."

Busche says he uses mostly grapes from West Texas.

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