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Our grapes are locally grown and so is our vintner, Max Hoffman, who grew up on the Pawnee County farm that’s been in his family for more than a century. In 1973, he earned a degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska and embarked on his first career as a farmer and livestock breeder/producer.

But Max didn’t spend all his time farming. Home winemaking is a Hoffman family tradition dating back to their Swiss and German ancestors, and Max shared their passion. In the late 1950’s, Max learned the basics from an elderly Swiss neighbor who made wine from grapes grown on his own two-acre vineyard.

Initially, Max made wine from whatever domestic or wild fruit was available. In the late 1970’s, he planted the hybrid wine grapes Baco Noir, Foch, and Cascade. His first bottle of wine from those grapes was created in 1982, and Max is still making wine from the original Baco Noir vines.


The more wine Max made, the more his interest in the craft grew. He transitioned from hobbyist status to commercial wine production after taking a wine short-course and undertaking an independent study of commercial scale fermentation, processing, and lab analysis.

In 2004, we asked Max to become vintner for SchillingBridge Winery. Fortunately, he said yes! Winning numerous awards for many SchillingBridge wines is a testament to Max’s considerable skill as a wine-maker. But what Max most enjoys is hearing how much our customers enjoy the wines he creates.

Here at SchillingBridge we are proud to offer a wide variety of delicious wines for every occasion. Whether you're looking for a white wine or red wine, we have a selection that's sure to please. Are blush/rosť or wine cocktails what you had in mind? We have those, too.


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